Bucket List

This is my ever-changing list of experiences and achievements that I hope to achieve in my lifetime.

I believe this practice is valuable at multiple levels:

  • First, it serves as an exercise in gratitude for all of the great things that have already happened in my life.
  • Second, it reminds me that I have many more exciting things to do.
  • Finally, it helps me find other people who share the same dreams and goals as me so we can try to achieve them together.

Please tweet/DM me @neilthanedar if you have any ideas about this list. I’d love to meet more people who have similar bucket lists and try to knock off as many items as possible together!

My Bucket List:

Family:

  • Adopt dogs: 2011
  • Foster dogs: 2015
  • Marry Shoua: September 2015
  • Kai is born: January 2017
  • Live near parents: December 2018
  • Ajay is born: May 2019
  • Coach kids’ little league teams:
  • Attend kids’ graduations:
  • Attend kids’ weddings:

Business

  • Start a company with Dad: May 2010
  • Build a $1M+ company: February 2012
  • Start my own startup: May 2012
  • Move to San Francisco: November 2012
  • Get into Y Combinator: November 2014
  • Build a $10M+ company: May 2012
  • Sell my first company: November 2016
  • Launch my own Startup Studio: August 2021
  • Earn a patent: 
  • Build a publicly traded company: 
  • Help 100+ people become $1M+ entrepreneurs:

Activism:

  • Recruit 1,000+ new volunteers: April 2010
  • Build a 501(1)c nonprofit: September 2021
  • Win an advocacy campaign:
  • Change a law:
  • Help 100+ people become activists:

Politics:

  • Work on a statewide campaign: January 2017
  • Work on a national campaign:
  • Win a district: November 2020
  • Win a statewide election:
  • Win a national election:
  • Get a bill passed:
  • Change the Constitution:
  • Help 100+ independents run for office:

Travel — Tourism:

  • Visit the Eight Wonders of the World
    • Taj Mahal: 2004
    • The Colosseum: 2006
    • The Great Pyramid: July 2019
    • Macchu Picchu: December 2020
    • Great Wall of China
    • Petra
    • Chichen Itza
    • Christ The Redeemer
  • Live in another country for over a month.
  • Travel to 10+ countries in one year.
  • Travel to 100+ countries in my life.

Travel — Sports:

  • US Olympics: July 1996
  • World Series Game: October 2006
  • Super Bowl: February 2012
  • Indy 500: May 2012
  • Stanley Cup Game: June 2019
  • Final Four Game: 
  • Kentucky Derby: 
  • Masters: 
  • Tour de France:
  • World Cup:
  • Monaco Grand Prix:
  • Running of the Bulls:
  • International Olympics: 
  • US Stadiums: Michigan Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Cameron Indoor Stadium, Rose Bowl, Lambeau Field, Notre Dame Stadium, Lamade Stadium
  • World Stadiums: Centre Court Wimbledon, Estadio Azteca, Maracanã Stadium, Camp Nou Stadium, Wembley Stadium, Stade Roland Garros, Lord’s, Eden Gardens

Things:

  • Buy a house: September 2014
  • Buy/build a race car: 
  • Buy/build a backyard ice rink: 
  • Buy a lake home: 
  • Buy a boat: 
  • Buy a mountain home: 
  • Buy a downtown penthouse:
  • Buy an island:

Sports: 

  • Learn to ski: 2007
  • Run half marathon: 2011
  • Learn to surf: 2015
  • Sub-2:00 half marathon: 2016
  • Learn to scuba dive: November 2016
  • Play PGA Tour course: December 2017
  • Join roller hockey league: June 2019
  • Earn CPL license: March 2019
  • Run full marathon: October 2019
  • Join ski club: December 2021
  • Ski Top 5 in America: Jackson Hole, Telluride, Snowbird, Alta, Vail
  • Ski Top 5 Countries: Canada, France, Switzerland, Italy, Japan
  • Join ice hockey league: 
  • Run Sub-4:00 full marathon: 
  • Compete at CrossFit regionals:
  • Compete at CrossFit Games:
  • Take Judo/Jujitsu Classes:
  • Compete in Judo/Jujitsu:
  • Win Judo/Jujitsu Division:

Music:

  • Get a piano: May 2015
  • Get a drum: May 2017
  • Take drum lessons:
  • Learn to play tabla:
  • Join a band as a drummer:
  • Learn to read music:
  • Learn to write music:
  • Learn to compose music:
  • Write a song:

Art: 

  • Get paid to act: December 2020
  • Sell a piece of art:
  • Write a book:
  • Create a TV show:
  • Create a movie: 
  • Create a play: 
  • Write a NYT Best Seller:
  • Earn an Emmy:
  • Earn a Grammy:
  • Earn a Oscar:
  • Earn a Tony:

Lifetime Achievements:

  • Give a U-M commencement speech: 
  • Become a billionaire:
  • Buy the St. Louis Blues: