Latest update: March 24, 2019 (Note – Jan 12 2020 – I will update this soon. I’m not dead. I’m just doing a venture-startup 🙂 ). 

I believe that the person who writes down their personal goals can achieve way more than the person who doesn’t. This is repeated advice in nearly every personal development book ever published, and I’ve found it to be true.

I recently looked at my written goals from when I was 18 years old. They felt ridiculously unachievable when I wrote them, but today I’ve not only crossed most on the list, I have changed my whole mindset around the goals.

On this page, I will list my goals. Both those that are short-term, but also those which have a significantly longer horizon.

But why share something so personal as your goals? I believe in full transparency which I also hope to make clear on my about page. I have nothing to hide, and if this can inspire someone else I would be very happy. In addition, I believe that posting things online for people to see, it makes me more committed to my goals.

My approach

I have one guiding principle: I want to reach the limit of what’s possible. I accept going through pain in order to become the best possible person and achieve as much as possible. This means I am very willing to sacrifice short-term enjoyment and expectations if it means I increase the odds over the long run. This includes postponing bigger things in life such as family, kids and a house – they’re very important to me – but if I have to postpone them I will accept that.

I deal with my goals in the following way:

I have “life goals”, which is on a +10 year perspective. These are glowing beacons, helping me to go in the right direction. These should be extremely ambitious and should scare me because they’re way out of my comfort zone.
I have “long-term goals”
, which is from a 10-year perspective. These should be very ambitious and scare me, but still realistic and approachable in ten years.
I have “medium-term goals”, which is from a 3-year perspective. These are usually sub-goals of the “lifetime goals”, but more concrete and operational.
I have “next year goals”, which is goals for the next year. These goals are concrete and realistic – yet they’re still big goals which require a lot of steps.
I have “next 3-months goals”, which is my goals for the next 3 months. This is the first time my goals become actionable because they start to be individual actions when it’s on a 3 month basis.
I have “next month goals”, which is basically what I should do week by week. I keep these private, not because I don’t want to share them, but because I use a project management tool to handle them and copying into this post would not only be irrelevant for 99.9% of all readers but also a time-consuming process

A great example of a long-term goal could be to “run a marathon“. When I was 18 years old and had a weight of 105kg – then running a marathon seemed like an audacious or even unrealistic goal. But as you break them down into running 3-5 times a week for over a year, then it becomes very actionable.

So let’s jump into my goals – starting with the long-term goals. Life goals are at the bottom of the post.

Long-term goals (10 years)

Business & Economy & Work:

  • Have a personal net worth of +100 million DKK. Deadline 2027
  • Either be a business angel OR be building something huge “Elon Musk style”. The underlying goal is to positively affect at least +100 million people on a yearly basis – directly or indirectly. Deadline 2027
  • Have and maintain a big network of leaders in both startups and corporates. Difficult to make concrete, but I have to be able to look in the mirror and say “yes”. Deadline 2022
  • Have a big direct or indirect audience based on my personal brand (1.000.000 people reading on a yearly basis). Deadline 2024

Health & mind & body:

  • Have paid for cryonics, so I will be cryo-freezed in case of death. Deadline 2025
  • Following best-practice longevity knowledge at a given time (assuming a mix of lots of sports, medicaments and avoiding some foods and liquids). Deadline 2023
  • Stable maintaining a maximum 77kg weight and a max fat percentage of 15%. First deadline 2018
  • Go through yearly full-scale checkups with MRI-scan, blood tests, hormone tests and more. Starting 2022
  • Have a very disciplined measuring plan for all my important biomarkers on a regular basis, all posted in an online dashboard fully updated, included and not limited to weight, body fat, activity, sleep, blood-sugar, blood-levels, and much more. Starting 2022

Lifestyle & Experiences:

  • Been in 70+ countries. Deadline 2027 
  • Live in a house close to the beach, nature and a big city I love and I can see myself living in for decades. Deadline 2027

Medium-term goals (3 years)

Business & Economy & Work:

  • Have a personal net worth of +20 million DKK. Deadline 2020
  • Stable +50.000 DKK salary from my own scaleable product-based startup. Deadline Q4 2019
  • Have a big direct or indirect audience based on my personal brand (100.000 people reading on a yearly basis). Deadline 2021

Health & mind & body:

  • Doing sports 5 days an average every week. Deadline whole 2018, but maintain the whole period
  • Stable maintaining a maximum 77kg weight and a max fat percentage of 15%. Deadline Q3 2018, but maintain the whole period
  • Slightly ripped upper body from Crossfit/bodybuilding/similar. Deadline 2019

Lifestyle & Experiences:

  • Been in +50 countries. Deadline 2020
  • Visit South America. Deadline 2020

Next-year goals (2019)

You can see my background for my 2019 goals here. In the post I wrote I had 4 overall goals (1) My startup should become profitable & monthly revenue above 1 million DKK, 2) 12 “significant experiences”, 3) 15% body fat and 4) deeper relationships). Below, I’ve tried to make them more measurable and concrete, plus break them down into 3-month goals.

Business & Economy & Work:
Headline: Work like a crazy motherfucker but find time to meet new people & deepen existing relations.

  • Become profitable on the operations at Likvido
  • Reach 1 million DKK in “monthly recurring revenue”
  • Grow my network and get more friends. Honestly a bit unsure what metric to use here. One part is meeting new people every month, but the more important part is meeting those people again and again so they become friends instead of just a Linkedin Connection

Health & mind & body:
Headline: 15% Bodyfat

  • Get to 15% bodyfat and 77kg
  • Finish at least 3 running races of at least half-marathon length (ie. 2 half-marathons and 1 marathon)
  • Finish 6 5-week cycles of bodybuilding, meaning at least 90 days lifting weights and should be a 50-75% increase of weights on all exercises in theory (I’m new to bodybuilding, so should not be impossible)
  • Exercise on average 5 times a week
  • Meditate at least 3 times a week
  • 7+ Hour sleep-average (now measured through my Oura ring)

Lifestyle & Experiences:
Headline: 12 ”significant experiences”

  • Have at least 3 cultural or “artsy” experiences. I’m a cultural savage and I want to challenge myself: art museums, opera or anything similar. Movies don’t count.  (Done! Did TedX Copenhagen, Louisiana museum and saw “Phantom of the opera”)
  • See at least 5 new countries. Currently booked: Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentine), Warsaw (Poland), Montevideo (Uruguay)
  • Read at least 30 new books on various different topics

Next 3-months goals

Current period (from April 1st)

Period: April, May and June 2019. See reflections on these.

Business & Economy & Work:

  • Keep kicking-ass at work, but stay below 55-hour workweeks on average

Health & mind & body:

  • Get below 80kg
  • Get down to 1 coke bottle pr day on average throughout whole period
  • Keep doing sports at least 5 times a month
  • Run 8 half-marathons in the whole period
  • Meditate at least 3 times a week
  • 7+ Hour sleep-average

Prior period

Period: January, February and March 2019. See reflections on how this quarter went.

Business & Economy & Work:

  • Work a lot at my startup. Key things to achieve in Q1: Launch full international support, support 100x scale, payment support 2.0 and much more! (individual activities are different, but can proudly say it has been a great quarter)
  • Setup at least 3 “business-events” where I invite people I know (ie. arrange a dinner, go to a restaurant or similar) (will miss this goal)
  • See at least 8 connections 1:1 for an evening (done)
  • Find a way to get to know at least 10 new connections (will miss this goal)

Health & mind & body:

  • 3 Month period with low-carb food so I can get back to ~80kg end of March (will miss this goal)
  • Keep doing sports at least 5 times a month, preferably 6. (done)
  • Sign up for 3+ running races, preferably first half-marathon around March (done)
  • Meditate at least 3 times a week (done
  • 7+ Hour sleep-average (done)

Lifestyle, learning & experiences:

  • Finish planning my summer vacation in South America (done)
  • Book easter-holiday (done)
  • Plan 2 more weekend-trips (done)
  • Create a ”2019 bucket-list” of experiences and cross of the first items (done, see bottom)

Bucket-list & overall goals

The following list is not per se goals. They’re more concrete things I want to try throughout my life, but that didn’t make it to a specific list with a deadline.

The list below is for those goals you don’t just do every day. Most require you to actually take a plane or make a real & serious effort. For the more mundane day-to-day bucket-list stuff, we the headline after.

Career bucket-list

During my working career, I want to try a couple of things 🙂

  • Go public with a company as a top-tier stakeholder
  • Try the whole life-cycle of a VC-company: grinding, pre-seed, seed, A-round, B-round and then either IPO or sell
  • Sell a company for a serious amount (at least 10mio+ USD, preferably 100mio+ USD but hopefully a unicorn @ 1 billion USD)
  • Start a company that affects a billion people, directly or indirectly (~500.000)
  • Invest at least 50 million USD in at least 20 different companies as an investor

Experiences bucket-list

Below is a list of things I want to try to see or so.

  • Active volcano
  • Cruise ship (yeah, it’s a bit proletarian – but gotta try it)
  • Dance tango in an Argentine milonga
  • Drive a real tank
  • Eating at a Michelin star restaurant
  • Fly in a helicopter
  • Hot-air balloon
  • Kayak: trying to actually sail in one
  • Outdoor hiking trip sleeping outside a couple of nights in a row
  • Parachute
  • Safari (a REAL one! See real lions and stuff!)
  • Sail in a submarine
  • Whale watching – I’ve seen real whales in Costa Rica, but I want to see some big awesome ones!
  • Run a marathon (my goal was to do it once, I ended up doing it twice (and going to do my third in September 2019)! Post about first marathon).

Finance bucket-list

I have big financial goals – and you may ask why? Well, it’s expensive to go to space, live thousands of years, build companies (they sometimes fail) and invest in many companies.

  • Net worth value:
    • 30 Years old: 20 million DKK
    • 40 Years old: 100 million USD
    • 50 Years old: 1 Billion USD

Lifestyle bucket-list

  • Get a sixpack and maintain it for a year+
  • Get a laser operation in my eyes
  • Own my own apartment
  • Permanent visa in the USA
  • Try to live in the following countries:
    • Singapore
    • US
    • Germany
    • Hong Kong
    • Philippines

Longevity bucket-list

I’ve briefly mentioned this on my home page and about page, but I expect we will be able to live much longer in my lifetime. This is why this is on my bucket list.

  • Have an influence on the upcoming longevity industry

Media & brand bucket-list

  • Interview on national TV
  • Get an article in TechCrunch

Physical stuff bucket-list

We all want physical stuff & me too!

  • Own a penthouse close to the water
  • Own an apartment in a city center
  • Own a real super sports car (ie. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin or similar class – Porche does not count)
  • Have a lifestyle where I don’t ever spend time on practical tasks such as cleaning, cooking and so forth

Traveling bucket-list

I love to travel more than the average person – which shows  🙂

Cities & countries

  • Visit 100 countries (41/100 countries already!)
  • Bali in Indonesia
  • Buenos Aires in Argentine (booked in July!)
  • Cape Town in South Africa
  • Chicago, US
  • Chile
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Dubai
  • Galapagos islands
  • Hawaii
  • Iceland
  • Iran
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lima in Peru
  • Maldives
  • MedellĂ­n, Colombia
  • Nassau in the Bahamas
  • North Korea
  • Poland (booked in September!)
  • Rio de Janeiro in Brazil (booked in June!)
  • Serbia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sydney in Australia
  • Zanzibar in Tanzania
  • Toronto in Canada
  • Tokyo
  • Costa Rica
  • New Delhi
  • Jerusalem
  • Bangkok
  • New York (link)
  • San Francisco
  • Seoul
  • Paris
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • Beijing & Shanghai (link and link)
  • Barcelona (link)
  • Rome

World or nature wonders

  • Grand Canyon in the US
  • Hagia Sophia in Turkey
  • Kremlin in Moscow
  • Machu Picchu in Peru
  • Petra in Jordan
  • Pyramids in Egypt
  • Sigiriya in Sri Lanka
  • Victoria Falls
  • Pantheon in Greece (link)
  • Taj Mahal (link)
  • Halong Bay (link)
  • Chichen Itza (link)
  • Stonehenge (link)
  • Colosseum
  • Halong Bay (link)
  • Angkor Wat (link)
  • The great wall of China (link)
  • Underground river (link)

Travel Experiences (location specific)

  • Auschwitz
  • Camino de Santiago (walk the whole trip)
  • Climb a famous mountain from Tour de France – preferably Alpe d’Huez.
  • Greenland ice-sheet
  • Iguazu falls in Argentine
  • Lord-of-the-rings scenery in New Zealand
  • Northern light
  • Route 66 – driving the whole one
  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • Trans-Siberian railway

Skills bucket-list

Below is a list of things I really want to learn throughout my life.

  • Learn to fly a plane (just basic certificate for small planes)
  • Learning to dance properly (actual style or dance doesn’t matter)
  • Riding a horse
  • Take a course in Asian cooking

Future bucket-list

The following are not possible yet, but are things I do expect will be possible in my lifetime.

  • Fly in a real spaceship (BFR counts)
  • To “drive” a fully self-driving car
  • Visit Mars for at least one cycle (~2 years)

Day-to-day bucket list [work in progress]

I believe it’s important to keep two bucket-lists. One for the “big” things in life, that you don’t really have a chance to do a random Thursday night. The more important bucket-list is the one you can pick items from on a weekly basis. These things are much smaller, but is something you can accomplish on a much more regular basis.

  • Bake a “Danish” (special pastry)
  • Beer tasting
  • Carlsberg Byen tour
  • Eat at the new Copenhagen Street Food (Reffen)
  • Escape-room experience
  • Goto an improv event
  • Movie at CPH Pix
  • Take a hike in some of the near-by Danish forests
  • Vikingelandsbyen in Albertslund
  • Wall-climbing
  • Louisiana – a Danish museum I never visited (visited in Jan ’19 – that’s enough artsy-museum for a looooong time)
  • Theater (saw Phantom of the opera in Jan ’19, that’s enough theather for a long time :-D)