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My Epic Life Quest

I am ambitious with the different kind of things I want to do in my life. When I came across Brent Ozar’s Epic Life Quest, it just struck a chord. I love tracking things, though my tracking seems to concentrate more on the things that are yet to be done, and the accomplishments/done tasks tend to be forgotten about. The intention here is to track achievements, and level up after every 5. I’ve also tried to list down the things that I would like to do in the next few years at the bottom.

Level 2 Quests (In Progress)

  • Be mentioned in a high traffic website/publication. The news about the Github Student Developer Pack, which inludes SqlSmash, got picked up by several big sites, including TechCrunch, and LifeHacker
  • Run a 5k. I can slow jog it (about 35 minutes). It’s not impressive, but I have always hated running and sucked at it, so it’s a win for me.

Level 1 Quests (Done before/during 2019)

Here’s everything before I started tracking things here.

  • Buy a house and pay it off (Bought in 2015, Paid off in 2018)
  • Develop my own software end to end, and sell it (Launched SqlSmash in Mar 2014)
  • Teach at a university (Taught .Net at SMU as an adjunct professor in 2014)
  • Speak at a user group (Done in 2010, and at many user groups and conferences since then)
  • Create screencasts. Get at least one with 25K views. (Done sometime around 2016. The ConEmu screencast had ~38K views, last time I checked)
  • Appear on a podcast interview (Done in 2016)
  • Create a website for my booknotes (Launched Read My Book Notes in 2018)
  • Reduce weight to less than 160 lbs (Done in 2018, Currently ~150lbs. My height is 5’6”)

TODO (in the next few years)

  • Land One of the Big 5 Tech Giants (Facebook, Google, Netflix, Amazon, Microsoft) as a client (or employer).
  • Build multiple passive sources of income.
  • Learn to cook.
  • Have a youtube video reach 100,000 views.
  • Do a muscle up.
  • Deadlift 350 lbs.
  • Learn jiu jitsu.
  • Learn to play a musical instrument (Maybe guitar or ukulele).
  • Buy a Tesla. I am not a car enthusiast, but the Tesla appeals to the geek in me. This is in direct conflict with the financial independence goal though :(.
  • Learn to draw/sketch.
  • Be financially independent.
  • Start traveling, and slow down life enough to be present and enjoy the traveling.
  • Publish a learning Course (possibly on Pluralsight).
  • Learn to play tennis
  • Learn to play racquetball.