John Goddard - World-Renowned Adventurer, Explorer, Author, Lecturer


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John Goddard's "Life List"

John Goddard is most known for his amazing Life List of accomplishments. At the age of fifteen John Goddard listed 127 goals he wished to experience or achieve in his lifetime. The list is impressive and audacious, but the results have been truly incredible.

EXPLORE

No.

Achieved

Goals

Comments

1

Nile River

2

Amazon River

3

Congo River

4

Colorado River

5

Yangtze River, China

6

Niger River

7

Orinoco River, Venezuela

8

Rio Coco, Nicaragua

STUDY PRIMITIVE

9

The Congo

10

New Guinea

11

Brazil

12

Borneo

13

The Sudan

14

Australia

15

Kenya

16

The Philippines

17

Tanzania

18

Ethiopia

19

Nigeria

20

Alaska

CLIMB

21

Mt. Everest

22

Mt. Aconcagua, Argentina

23

Mt. McKinley

24

Mt. Huascaran, Peru

25

Mt. Kilimanjaro

26

Mt. Ararat, Turkey

27

Mt. Kenya

28

Mt. Cook, New Zealand

29

Mt. Popocatepetl, Mexico

30

The Matterhorn

31

Mt. Rainier

32

Mt. Fuji

33

Mt. Vesuvius

34

Mt. Bromo, Java

35

Grand Tetons

36

Mt. Baldy, California

37

Carry out careers in medicine and exploration

(studied premed, treats illnesses among primitive tribes)

38

Visit every country in the world

(30 to go)

39

Study Navaho and Hopi Indians

40

Learn to fly a plane

41

Ride horse in Rose Parade

PHOTOGRAPH

42

Iguacu Falls, Brazil

43

Victoria Falls, Rhodesia

(Chased by a warthog in the process)

44

Sutherland Falls, New Zealand

45

Yosemite Falls

46

Niagara Falls

47

Retrace travels of Marco Polo and Alexander the Great

EXPLORE UNDERWATER

48

Coral reefs of Florida

49

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

(photographed a 300-pound clam)

50

Red Sea

51

Fiji Islands

52

The Bahamas

53

Explore Okefenokee Swamp and the Everglades

VISIT

54

North and South Poles

55

Great Wall of China

56

Panama and Suez Canals

57

Easter Island

58

The Galapagos Islands

59

Vatican City

60

The Taj Mahal

61

The Eiffel Tower

62

The Blue Grotto

63

The Tower of London

64

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

65

The Sacred Well of Chichen-Itza, Mexico

66

Climb Ayers Rock in Australia

67

Follow River Jordan from Sea of Galilee to Dead Sea

SWIM IN

68

Lake Victoria

69

Lake Superior

70

Lake Tanganyika

71

Lake Titicaca, S. America

72

Lake Nicaragua

ACCOMPLISH

73

Become an Eagle Scout

74

Dive in a submarine

75

Land on and take off from an aircraft carrier

76

Fly in a blimp, balloon and glider

77

Ride an elephant, camel, ostrich and bronco

78

Skin dive to 40 feet and hold breath two and a half minutes underwater

79

Catch a ten-pound lobster and a ten-inch abalone

80

Play flute and violin

81

Type 50 words a minute

82

Make a parachute jump

83

Learn water and snow skiing

84

Go on a church mission

85

Follow the John Muir trail

86

Study native medicines and bring back useful ones

87

Bag camera trophies of elephant, lion, rhino, cheetah, cape buffalo and whale

88

Learn to fence

89

Learn jujitsu

90

Teach a college course

91

Watch a cremation ceremony in Bali

92

Explore depths of the sea

93

Appear in a Tarzan movie

94

Own a horse, chimpanzee, cheetah, ocelot, and coyote

(yet to own a chimp or cheetah)

95

Become a ham radio operator

96

Build own telescope

97

Write a book

(About his Nile trip)

98

Publish an article in National Geographic Magazine

99

High jump five feet

100

Broad jump 15 feet

101

Run mile in five minutes

102

Weigh 175 pounds stripped

(he still does)

103

Perform 200 sit-ups and 20 pull-ups

104

Learn French, Spanish and Arabic

105

Study dragon lizards on Komodo Island

(Boat broke down within 20 miles of island)

106

Visit birthplace of Grandfather Sorenson in Denmark

107

Visit birthplace of Grandfather Goddard in England

108

Ship aboard a freighter as a seaman

109

Read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica

(Has read extensive parts in each volume)

110

Read the Bible from cover to cover

111

Read the works of Shakespeare, Plato, Aristotle, Dickens, Thoreau, Rousseau, Conrad, Hemingway, Twain, Burroughs, Talmage, Tolstoi, Longfellow, Keats, Poe, Bacon, Whittier, and Emerson

(not every work of each)

112

Become familiar with the compositions of Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Ibert, Mendelssohn, Lalo, Liszt, Rimski-Korsakov, Respighi, Rachmaninoff, Paganini, Stravinsky, Toch, Tschaikosvsky, Verdi

113

Become proficient in the use of a plane, motorcycle, tractor, surfboard, rifle, pistol, canoe, microscope, football, basketball, bow and arrow, lariat and boomerang

114

Compose music

115

Play Clair de Lune on the piano

116

Watch fire-walking ceremony

(In Bali and Surinam)

117

Milk a poisonous snake

(bitten by diamondback during photo session)

118

Light a match with .22 rifle

119

Visit a movie studio

120

Climb Cheops' pyramid

121

Become a member of the Explorer's Club and the Adventure's Club

122

Learn to play polo

123

Travel through the Grand Canyon on foot and by boat

124

Circumnavigate the globe

(four times)

125

Visit the moon

("Someday, if God wills")

126

Marry and have children

(has six children)

127

Live to see the 21st century

 

 



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"One rainy afternoon an inspired 15-year old boy named John Goddard sat down at his kitchen table in Los Angeles and wrote three words at the top of a yellow pad, "My Life List." Under that heading he wrote down 127 goals. Since then he has completed 109 of those goals. These were not simple or easy goals. They included climbing the world's major mountains, exploring from source to mouth the longest rivers of the world, piloting the world's fastest aircraft, running a mile in five minutes and reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica."

Chicken Soup for the Soul,
NY Times bestseller.

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