What started as one man’s journey to find purpose in life has grown into a global movement of people chasing their dreams and helping others do the same.
Turned into an internationally published book, multiple documentaries, a reality TV show and a thriving online community for people to share and achieve their own goals; this is 100 Things…
Everyone has at least one thing they have to do before they die. Some even have a list. But how many goals and dreams on this list are actually achieved?
In 2009, at the ripe-old age of 27, Sebastian realised that like most people, he had not achieved anything on his subconscious list. The death of a close friend combined with a naturally abstract view on life sparked a moment of clarity.
“If I was to die today, could I look back at my life and be happy at how I’d lived?”
The answer was NO, and so Sebastian decided to put pen to paper and create a list of 100 Things. His goal, to find happiness. Armed with this piece of paper, a backpack and next to no money, Sebastian dropped everything in his life and boarded a plane, hopeful that with the right mindset, anything would be possible, including true fulfillment.
From delivering a stranger’s baby (#23) and representing his country on the sports field (#44), to living on the street for 1 week (#63) and helping a stranger (#26), the ensuing journey didn’t only change Sebastian’s life, but also the lives of millions of people around the world.
Now 10 years and counting, Sebastian has ticked off 72 items, has raised over $350,000 for various charities (including Camp Quality, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Alzheimer's Australia) and has personally helped thousands of people start and achieve their own lists.
WHAT'S ON YOUR LIST?
Since the moment Sebastian left Australia to begin his journey, support and interest for 100 Things has been overwhelming. What started as a journey about one man has now developed into a journey about many.
Never in a million years did I foresee my journey turning into a global movement, but I feel incredibly fortunate and proud to now be in a position to offer opportunities for positive impact in both the personal development and corporate space.
100 Things now offers exciting entry points for people and organizations to delve into the beautiful process of identifying values, creating meaningful & impactful lists and then supporting and facilitating the achievement of these dreams.
100 Things has helped millions of people to grow, connect and find purpose in their personal and professional lives.
THE RIPPLE EFFECT
Shortly into his journey, Sebastian observed that 100 Things was inspiring people in ways he couldn’t believe.
"In the first instance strangers would begin sharing their lists with me and then before I knew it these same people would actually ask for my help. It was when a man named Mark approached me for help that the trajectory of my life changed”.
Mark, a quadriplegic man from Melbourne, Australia, was the victim of a tick bite which infected him with Lymes diseases. As such he soon after lost the ability to move and speak. He had become a quadriplegic. After hearing of the 100 Things story on TV, Mark approached Sebastian and asked him to help him achieve his dream of completing a half marathon- he just needed someone to push him.
This moment allowed Sebastian an opportunity to for the first time help someone with their own list and immediately he said yes.
"To this day, helping push Mark across the finish line of the half marathon remains one of the greatest accomplishments of my life and I haven’t stopped helping people since”.
This new kindness movement he calls Kindsum.
"I thought it would take me 100 Things to find happiness but I realized that after ticking off 72 items, that it was actually Number 26: Help a Stranger, that held the key to me finding true purpose”.
100 Things continues to inspire people and organizations globally and with the birth of Kindsum, a new adventure is now underway.
In case of an emergency, oxygen masks will fall from the ceiling.
Please put yours on first before helping others.