Why do I have 42 goals?

Rather than a negative reinforcement, remembering that we are all temporarily residents on earth can be a positive reminder. KIRSTY DUNPHEY

Kirsty Dunphey

By Kirsty Dunphey

After the tragically early passing of a friend last year at the very young age of 42, I wrote the number 42 on my hand and kept rewriting it there for days afterwards. I was stunned that someone so vital could have their life cut short at such a young age.

Right now, I have the number 42 on the side of my laptop, always in sight. It’s not there to be macabre, it’s not even just there to remind me of this fabulous man I knew.

42 reminds me that:

  1. I probably won’t have much of a say in when my last day on earth will come (difficult for a control freak).
  2. That day could come when I’m in my 80s or it may come sooner or later, either way (see point 1).
  3. When that day comes, I do not want to look back and say “I wish I’d done…” or “if only…” or “why didn’t I make time to…”.

So often people ask me about how to set goals for themselves. When it comes to life’s larger goals, I use 42 and ask myself the question: “If I could transport myself forward in time to my last day on earth, what are the things I would have liked to accomplish during that time?”

When you ask yourself that question, often you’ll find a list of life goals will simply flow.

Head here to check out one man’s adventurous search for goal achievement in his .

And click here to listen to a truly inspiring speech entitled “the last lecture” by Randy Pausch, often spoken of as “the dying man who is teaching people to live”.

Go here to see what short term goal I just achieved.

If your goals include travel, you might enjoy this.

And finally, to see how I keep track of my goals.

And check out the final blog of “the world’s” oldest blogger, who lived and blogged into her 106th year before her passing on 12 July 2008.

Postscript: I wrote this blog last week, and then this week I was sadly informed of a distant friend, a father of two young boys, who passed of cancer at age 33. I’ve held the blog back, not even sure that I wanted to print it given the recent news.

But then a conversation with this man’s close friend showed me that I needed to publish this. In his last months, knowing that his last day might be very soon, this father of two took his family away and they enjoyed the trip of lifetime. They really lived, loved and enjoyed his last few months.

My wish for each of you reading this is that you can look back and say that you truly lived as many of the months in your life as possible. Don’t wait until an illness makes you realise your mortality – 42 and now 33 remind me of that each day.


Kirsty Dunphey is one of Australia’s most publicised young entrepreneurs and is the founder of www.reallysold.com – the ultimate tool to help real estate agents write amazing advertisements. The youngest ever winner of the Australian Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year award, Kirsty started her first business at 15, her own real estate agency at 21, was a self-made millionaire at 23 and a self-made multi-millionaire at 25. For more information on Kirsty or either of her books – Advance to Go, Collect $1 Million and Retired at 27, If I can do it anyone can, or to sign up to her weekly newsletter head to: www.kirstydunphey.com

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Kristie writes: Inspiration can come in many forms, thank you for writing about yours.



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