The man who did it all – John Goddard


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Most of us have wild dreams for our lives when we are children. But through the process of “growing up” into adulthood, we learn to be “realistic.” Get a real job, set our sights low, and live vicariously through action heroes on television and in the movies. Imagination becomes the way to live our dreams.

The Man who called as a Greatest Goal Achiever “John Goddard” was a man who never gave up on his dreams and the man who lived all his dreams.

Identified: At the age of 15, when most of us do not even know who we really are, what we really want, John sat down at his kitchen table and wrote three words “My Life List” which became the goal of his life. He listed down 127 goals, from Sky dive, deep dive, kayak, mountain climb, read the Bible cover to cover, compose music…

Planned: At the age of 18 he enlisted in the Army Air Force, after serving in World War II and receiving numerous honors’, he immediately began pursuing his goals. Every experience in his life was linked to knock off his life list, starting from joining Air Force where he learnt flying planes, to the college he graduated from, where he majored in anthropology and psychology.

He was attacked by vicious hippos and crocodiles, bitten by a poisonous snake, charged by a rampaging elephant and rhino, almost buried alive in a blinding sandstorm, shot at by Egyptian river pirates, stoned by a mob of hostile natives, survived desert temperatures of over 140 degrees, weakened by malaria and dysentery, and trapped in quicksand. He has survived a plane crash, been caught in earthquakes, and almost drowned four times while running rapids and deep sea diving, but one thing he never said “goodbye.” He always ended each conversation by saying “to be continued.” For a man who spent his entire life continually pursuing his life’s goals, it seems fitting. That was Goddard’s way of saying the adventure was never finished.

Executed :


Why did that 15 year-old boy’s list go on to define a lifetime of achievement and adventure, while most life lists are eventually forsaken?

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