Outlandish Goals

Hiking in Newfoundland. Photo by Laura Hussey of Ash & Vine Photography

Life is amazing. You get only one, and it’s essentially up to you what you want to do with it. There was a moment in late 2012 when I truly realized how profound that statement was, and I began questioning things. Steve Jobs once said,

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something … Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

His words resonated with me, and over the past year, my wife and I began making some big changes—embracing minimalism, leaving my full-time job and setting out on my own as a freelance web designer/developer, being some of the biggest changes.

My List of Outlandish Goals

Here is my list of what I will call “outlandish goals”. Tim Ferriss, author of the 4-Hour Workweek, says that unrealistic goals are actually easier to attain than “realistic” goals. That being said, some of these goals are actually quite realistic. However, a few on the list could very much qualify as “unrealistic”, and that’s exactly the point. I believe in the power of positive-thinking, and persistence.

Plus, I’ve never really been one to aim for the “realistic”. The real world is kind of overrated ;)

My reasoning for posting these goals is to hold myself accountable, and perhaps to inspire somebody else to make a list of goals or dreams they’d love to accomplish themselves. This list will constantly evolve, be added to and change over time. It’s also important to note that these goals involve my family and not just myself (specifically the travel-related goals).


  • Learn Spanish — I’m still learning this one, but I’ve learned enough to consider this goal accomplished
  • Learn French
  • Learn Italian

Travel & Adventure

  • Surf in Hawaii — Completed May 2011 & October 2013
  • Film myself Bodyboarding or Surfing with a GoPro Camera — Completed October 2013
  • Learn to Kiteboard
  • Visit every Hawaiian Island
    • O’ahu
    • Hawai’i (Big Island)
    • Maui
    • Kaua’i
    • Moloka’i
    • Lana’i
    • Ni’ihau
  • Travel the UK and Europe
    • Drink a real pint of Guinness in Ireland
    • Visit Dingle, Ireland and meet a Hussey
    • Drink Scotch in Scotland
    • Walk the Camino de Santiago, with my family, in Spain
    • Eat pizza & drink wine in Italy
    • Have a short conversation with someone en Français, in France
    • Eat real Greek food in Greece
    • Visit St. Pierre et Miquelon (A colony of France, only 20km off the coast of Newfoundland)
  • Visit Easter Island
  • Visit Costa Rica


  • Work for myselfBegan September 1, 2012
  • Have 1,000 subscribers for my Udemy course, PSD to HTML5 & CSS3 — Completed July 25, 2013
  • Have 5,000 subscribers for my Udemy course, Web Hosting 101
  • Have 50,000 students on Udemy – Completed March 2014
  • Have 100,000 students on Udemy
  • Make a significant monthly passive income with Udemy courses — Online course sales accounted for 15% of my 2013 income!
  • Build a website focused on providing free & premium online coursesCodeCollege.ca
  • Publish 10 online courses — currently have 4, working on a 5th
  • Win a web design award on awwwards.com or thefwa.com — submitted one website to awwwards so far
  • Write an eBook
  • Write a real book
  • Have 50% of my income be passive income — Passive income currently accounts for more than 50% of my 2014 income
  • Become financially independent and live entirely on passive income, and interest on savings & investments
  • High Five (or have tacos with) Pat Flynn
  • Be invited to be a speaker at a blogging conference
  • Have 10,000 YouTube subscribers
  • Have 10,000 Twitter followers
  • Have 5,000 Blog subscribers — subscribe here!
  • Have 1,000 Facebook Fans — help me out my clicking “like” below:


  • Have a child
  • Speak at a TED or TEDx event
  • Send my parents on a trip of a lifetime
  • Own property somewhere tropical
  • Memorize the order of a deck of shuffled cards (I can do 26 so far!)
  • Write a folk album with Laura
  • Sell the folk album on iTunes


Keep checking back to see how I’ve been doing!


  1. Cindy Kerr   •  

    Hey Brad. I love your list and the reason for making it. My son John who is 27 yrs old has a list called “30 things I want to do before I’m 30″. They range from “being a ski bum for a season” to “learning how to blow bubbles with bubble gum”. Two of the biggest things on his list have been “climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa” and climb the trail up to Machupicchu”. He has accomplished both of those dreams. I am very proud of John for setting goals and going after them. I admire you and Laura for enjoying every minute of your lives. It is so important to feel fulfilled with your life. You inspire me!!!! Have a wonderful day Brad. Give my love to Laura and give that beautiful little girl of yours a big HUG for me.

    • Brad Hussey   •     Author

      Cindy, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! John’s list sounds really cool. I find having a totally crazy list of things you’d love to accomplish is a great way of pushing yourself and your boundaries. Thanks again for reading, and I will definitely send love to my girls from you :) Hope your day is awesome!

  2. Sheila Alwell   •  

    Being Irish, I know where you can get the best pint of Guinness!!

  3. Raymond Hussey   •  

    I love your goals. Some may change, but not for the bad—just another little turn off along the highway of life. I’ve always believed in living life to the fullest, and like you said, “we only get one shot at it”. Enjoy it!. Always try and live your dreams; if one turns out the wrong way, just make the second one twice as good. I Believe. (Dad)

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