Robert Hampton

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9th December 2012

Goals! You’re indestructible…
Posted by at 1.44pm | 4 responses | It's My Life

I just bought a new Apple iMac to replace my ageing PC. Before I can immerse myself in the Jobsian goodness, however, I have to carry out the tedious process of copying all my stuff off the old computer and onto the new. All 60 gigabytes of it.

The last few times I’ve bought a new computer, it has been a Windows-to-Windows upgrade, so I have just copied the My Documents folder over en masse. Since I’m switching platforms as well, I decided to go for a more methodical approach and organise my files more neatly. So I have been rummaging through various ancient folders which have not been clicked on for years – my Christmas list for 2008, anyone?

I found a file called Goal List.txt, dated May 2004. It appears to contain a list of things that I want to do with my life. I think this was an attempt by 21-year-old me to try and give myself some focus, with a set of achievable, realistic goals.

  1. Write something (a book, TV show etc) that makes people sit up and take notice
  2. Become an actor and perform in a fulfilling role.
  3. Make a difference to the world.
  4. Tour the UK’s rail network.
  5. Visit Canada.
  6. Appear on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
  7. Make a living doing something I enjoy.
  8. Above all, become a person who likes himself.
  9. Preserve a Merseyrail class 507 and 508 EMU for posterity.


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4 Responses
  1. Comment by Ian
    9th December 2012 at 6:07 pm


  2. Comment by Robert
    9th December 2012 at 10:10 pm

    That is the one you considered most outlandish?

  3. Comment by Scottieboy
    9th December 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I had no idea you was of a thespian bent.

  4. Comment by Robert
    10th December 2012 at 12:05 am

    I’m not and never was! That’s one of the reasons that list is so odd.