Section 1: The Power of the Idea
50 Things I Would Love to Do
Watch the short video of Susan Boyle and allow it to inspire you.
1. Susan Boyle got her “chance”. The moment she opened her mouth to sing, was the crowd on her side? If you step out to do something great, do you think that people will be cheering for you (even silently cheering)?
2. What happens in your heart when you watch her sing?
Now it’s your turn. Create a numbered list of “50 Things I would love to do” using a Word document. When your list is nearing completion, go to http://www.postermywall.com. (Update: Note that this is a different site than the video recommends.) Choose your top 10 ideas and create a poster titled “10 Things I would love to do”. Additional ideas may trickle in as you are creating your poster. That’s why it’s not necessary to have your full list completed in Word before you move on. (You may also create a memorable poster using Powerpoint if Postermywall doesn't work for you.)
I didn’t include this just to waste your time or brain cells. This exercise is vital to begin to break off any bonds of fear and start to live in a space where all things are possible. Here are the constraints of the project:
• What 50 things would you love to do if you had unlimited money, if you had unlimited time, if you were in peak physical condition, and if God were your partner?
• Don’t stop until you get to 50. Stopping at 49 is really not good enough. (You will be deducted 0.1% for every number that falls short of 50.)
• In your Glogster (or PosterMyWall) poster, you may use plain text, fancy text, a video clip (that you produce, or you’ve found on the Internet), an audio clip, an image, or anything else that comes to your imagination.
When I first tried this exercise, I was using a pen a paper and I could only come up with 27 things. After that, my mind went blank. However, I persevered and eventually came up with 50. It opened my mind and my heart to dreams that have been latent inside of me for years that I’ve subconsciously repressed. Persevere in this exercise and you will be rewarded with the deep understanding that life should be lived outside of the realm of fear and inside the realm of love and the boundless creativity that God has placed in each one of you.
If you get stuck like I did, you may have to get up and walk around or even think about it for a couple of days. You may collaborate with friends. Maybe a friend tells you something they’d love to do and you’ll think to yourself, “That would be amazing if I could do that too.” In fact, I’d encourage you to think through your list with a friend or classmate.
Here’s a few of the things I would love to do that I wrote down on my list:
1. Swim with dolphins
2. Own a horse ranch
3. Speak to a world ruler about Jesus
4. Fly in a fighter jet
5. Give away $1,000,000 to worldwide charities in one
6. Kiss my wife in every great European city
Here are some questions that will get you thinking:
• Who would you like to meet or spend time with?
• What would you like to accomplish?
• How much money would you like to make in one
• What could you do with that money?
• Where would you like to go? (Don’t just say, “I want to
go to Italy”. Instead say, “I want to go to Italy to walk
through the Coliseum.”)
• Who would you like to help?
And here are a few guides that will help you keep your “love list” on track:
• Your wishes must be your own not your parents', your teachers', your friends', or anyone else who
wants to define your future for you.
• Your wishes must be important to you. What will you stop doing and start doing to make your wishes
• Your wishes must be specific and measurable. Answer the Who? What? Where? Why? How? When?
• Your wishes must challenge and excite you. They must give you a reason to get out of bed in the
• As a guideline, no more than 10% of your list should come from the brain of your friend. Be original!
Finally, as former American President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”
When you are finished your poster, submit it to your teacher.
"Let us move forward with strong and active faith."
* Note that if you “get stuck” on this challenge coming up with 50 things to do, then you may put the assignment aside for up to one week and go on to the next assignment. Entrepreneurs learn that sometimes great ideas come to us at unexpected times, not necessarily when we want them to. Therefore, make sure you can take notes in the strangest places. You never know when you’ll be hit with a stream of great ideas.
However, when you are finished with the list of 50 Things, email it to your teacher for grading. (Remember, there are two things to submit in this assignment: your poster and your list. Submit your poster in Moodle, and your list in email.)