My Vision, Goals, and Milestones

Life, Skill, Health, Business, Travel, and Experiential


It all starts here.  This is what drives you from day to day.  I’ve learned that your vision changes constantly.  The entire concept of setting your vision might change dramatically.  There was a time that a very specific vision made sense for me.  But things change, and today mine is flexible by design.  Here it is:

I wish to find freedom through being happy and fulfilled in my work, relationships, hobbies, and every other area of my life.  I accomplish this through patient, consistent drive towards my growth.

That’s how I define success.


Your goals should lead to your vision.  If vision points towards your final destination, goals should be a significant step there.

Below, you’ll see goals and milestones in various areas of my life, personal and professional.  They’re all part of my journey to my vision.


The final step in the equation is milestones. Milestones help you reach your goals.  You need to break things down to the smallest steps.

The more you do that, the faster you gain traction and reach your goals.  And, of course, the faster you can reach your goals, the closer you get to your vision.  Below, you’ll see many of my milestones.

David J. Bradley

David J. Bradley

Author, Entrepreneur, Consultant

My Life Goal = To Be Happy

That's Achieved Through Freedom and Growth

Life Goals

  • Get married to a loving, supportive wife
  • Mentor a group of college students
  • Help 10 people accomplish a life goal
  • Live waterfront

 Working On

  • Pay family back for the money they put towards my college education
    • [16% complete]


  • Get a puppy – Toaster!

Skill Building

  • Write an article for a major publication
  • Become a writer of more than one book
  • Work on my sharpshooter and archery skills
  • Publish a book with a traditional publisher
  • Learn to play the Koto Harp

Working On

  • Learn Bachata, Merengue and Salsa
  • Learn German at an elementary proficiency level
  • Learn Spanish at a professional working proficiency level
  • Figure out how to enter a “flow state” (without being an athlete)
  • Design, develop and deliver presentations to local colleges on topics such as entrepreneurship, marketing, and personal growth


  • Read 1+ book per month
  • Write and publish a book
  • Write and publish an eBook
  • Strengthen my copywriting abilities
Getting Digital Marketing Right

Health Goals

  • Climb a mountain
  • Run a half-marathon
  • Go kayaking regularly
  • Buy all my food from Whole Foods and local farmers
  • Participate in a polar plunge, despite my hatred of cold water
  • Fast quarterly, guided by a professional only
  • Regularly go to the chiropractor and masseuse
  • Test out poly-phasic sleep
  • Learn to lucid dream

Working On

  • Do Yoga once per week
  • Train MMA once per week
  • Go Trail Running once per week
  • Disconnect from technology for an entire weekend once every other month
  • Hire a personal nutritionist


  • Meditate daily
  • Abstain from alcohol for 97% of the year
  • Get outside for a short walk every morning
  • Set and stick to a morning and night routine
  • Exercise every afternoon to kickstart my part two of my day
  • Drink 80 oz. (10 cups) of water each day

Business Goals

  • Start a product-based company
  • Start a subscription-based company
  • Start a membership-based company
  • Teach a college-level business course
  • Build commercial real estate portfolio
  • Invest in startup companies as an angel
  • Establish a more “traditional” investment portfolio
  • Serve on a Non-Profit Board

Working On

  • Attain time, location, and financial freedom through my work


  • Obtain my MBA (2015)
  • Start my entrepreneurial career
  • Start a service-based company (Primal Digital Marketing)
  • Hire a virtual assistant
  • Hire an executive assistant
  • Design and sell an online course

Travel Goals

  • California ― Hit Los Angeles and San Francisco!
  • Italy ― Visit Napoli, Rome, Sicily…where my grandparents are from
  • Brazil ― See the Christ the Redeemer statue and the Rio Carnival
  • Thailand ― Visit the beautiful caves, see Wat Phrakaew temple, and practice Muay Thai in its home country
  • Peru ― Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Spain ― See if my Latin American Spanish will be adequate enough for me to get by
  • Germany ― Make use of whatever language skills I have at that time
  • China ― Walk the Great Wall, see Zhangye Danxia Landform, and use my one Mandarin word, xiexie
  • Cruise ― Anywhere.  I’m not sure I’m even going to like it yet 🙂
  • Aurora Borealis ― A.K.A. the Northern Lights
  • Holland ― Tulip Fields
  • Japan ― Bamboo Forest
  • Portugal ― Benagil Cave in Algarve
  • Bolivia ― Salar de Uyuni salt flats
  • Scotland ― The Isle of Skye and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • Mini-Retirement ― Live abroad for 3+ months


  • Jamaica: Visited Runaway Bay [March 2016]
  • San Diego, California: Scoped out the area as my home in the coming years [November 2015]
  • Mexico: Visit the Mayan Ruins [August 2014]
  • Dominican Republic: Puerto Plata & Santiago [December 2013]
  • Miami: Visit Little Havana / Calle Ocho and escape the winter blues [January 2013]
  • Montreal & New York: Visited each many, many times

Experiential Goals

  • Attend a leadership conference
  • Attend a tech startup conference
  • Speak at a Pecha Kucha night
  • Speak at a TED conference
  • Speak at an undergraduate commencement for Rhode Island College
  • Buy a large canvas painting by Mark Rothko
  • Throw an annual party for all of my family and friends from high school, college, work, and anyone else
  • Volunteer my time once a month
  • Get casted as an extra in a film
  • Attend an Armin van Buuren and Tiesto concerts
  • Attend a Rammstein concert, pretend like I’m 16 again
  • Hold an annual charity benefit
  • Take an acting class (terrifying)
  • Bike across America
  • Try acupuncture
  • Go surfing

Working On

  • Have a breakfast each month with someone I haven’t seen in a while; friend or family
  • Speak at a business conference


  • Go scuba diving [In the Cenotes in Mexico]

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