40 Under 40

I don’t just want to experience more things; I want to do more epic/triumph things and crush it on a whole ‘nother level.

These are improvements to a successful completion of my 30 under 30. I completed this prior to having Evie, so this new 40 under 40 will include some aspects of Family Goals and Dadding. Some of them overlap with higher numbers, while others are just new and would include Evie’s story.

(Bolded ones I’m actively working on)

  • Be worldly, educated, and well-mannered
    • (1) Visit 50 countries – Completed 42! Full list of countries with travel advice here.
    • (2) Do a cross country road trip – In Planning – I’ve always wanted to rent an RV and go coast-to-coast
    • (3) Break into the AI space – In Progress – So far I’ve written a post about AI every month since April 2023. A success would be a title like “Lead AI Evangelist”
    • (4) Publish 30 Episodes of a Podcast – Completed! 30 Podcast Lessons Learned
    • (5) Record an Audiobook – In Progress – Reading “My Life in Lists of 30
  • Challenge yourself constantly
    • (6) Cook 150-days – Completed! There was a lot of time during COVID quarantine
    • (7) Participate in 5+ Hackathons – Completed and On-going – Submitted for EUvsVirus, ETH Mexico City 2022, 3 internal Cypherpunk hackathons
    • (8) Build an AI chatbot prototype that is trained on my writing – Completed! I could clean it up a bit.
    • (9) Build a full video (5 minutes) off of AI generation software – In Progress – I’ve created 1-2 minute videos with D-ID, HeyGen, RunwayML, and others. I’ll do this for my book release.
    • (10) Build a mobile app involving NFTs – Prototype Completed! This was a hackathon project where I used Unity Augmented Reality
    • (11) Build a full Clembot for digital legacy – In Progress – Chat with me from the grave!
    • (12) Explore 5 streams of income projects – In Progress – I wrote 30 Streams of Income that would likely be closer to passive income strategies for retirement. I’m going to earnestly try a few of these before 40 to collect better data.
  • Share knowledge and experiences
    • (13) Publish a second book – Currently writing “Our Life in Lists of 30” and “Her Life in Lists of 30”
    • (14) Make profits from selling books – Planning – Need to find a route using all my personal knowledge (e.g. NFT special access, AI chatbot, Marketing assets)
    • (15) Create a reputable blog – on-going! I’ll never stop writing. I’m glad I also have www.listsof30.com
    • (16) Publish 30 Video Workshops / Lectures – In Progress – Currently I have a “Clemens Wan talks” playlist of 19 public workshops
    • (17) Reach 2000+ subscribers or connections – The Lists of 30 newsletter is around 300, but I haven’t done any marketing. I imagine this could grow in lock-step with book writing.
    • (18) Join 5+ companies as an Advisor and Investor – Completed! I haven’t written enough about this, but it has been fun working with VCs and Startups
  • Be a good person
    • (19) Stay meaningfully connected – on-going (message a blast from the past every week)
    • (20) Volunteer with Evie’s school – on-going – So far just helping out with event planning
    • (21) Special gift for parents – In planning – need to do this soon
  • Have fun
    • (22) Learn 5 fun dances (e.g. Moonwalk) – In Progress – I feel like my dancing game needs work
    • (23) Play a full two-handed piano song – In Progress – I’ve always wanted to do this and I don’t think it’s too late
    • (24) Perform 5 card magic tricks – In Progress – I’d love to learn a few
    • (25) Attend 20 weddings as a guest – In Progress – This is a hard one because you can’t force friendships (plus a large number of my friends are already married). I just hope to be in people’s
    • (26) Table tennis 2000 player / ElevenVR Table tennis 3200 player – In Progress – My virtual table tennis game is at 2900 and my physical one is probably terrible
    • (27) Brew my own beer – Completed! This was a fun dad thing to do
    • (28) Do a handstand – In Progress – This has been a goal for a long time and requires a lot of other steps, but it’ll be a good physical challenge for maintaining enough strength to lift Evie
    • (29) Start a profitable company – Completed! (Wanessa Labs, Inc)
    • (30) Maintain a profitable company – I don’t know what this means yet 🙂
    • (31) Do a “Taskmaster”-like competition – Maybe this is an idea for a 40th birthday party?
  • Family Goals
    • (32) Own and Maintain a House – Completed! This was a great goal for a Millennial in their 30s
    • (33) Evie to visit 5+ countries – In Progress. Marvel Disney Cruise in 2023 brought her to Grand Cayman and Bahamas. We have Switzerland and France planned for 2024. Canada and Mexico could be easy trips.
    • (34) Teach Evie how to cook a meal end-to-end – In Progress – She’s interested in cooking, but I need to make it an event. Let’s start with some cooking classes.
    • (35) Eat as many meals at the dinner table together as possible – On-going – This is a great family tradition goal. There’s a whole list of 30 Traditions we want to form
    • (36) Enjoy Evie’s Childhood – Always! – Maybe this is a throwaway one, but I think about the Lasts with Evie
    • (37) Build a loving community and neighborhood – On-going – I love my friends out here in Colorado. The Northend Beefcakes rock. There’s beer tasting, poker nights, and no shortage of party ideas
    • (38) Setup and Maintain a long term Strategic Investment and Portfolio Management solution – Completed! This does need more description and automation. See my existing plan.
    • (39) Start a Trust and Estate Plan – Completed! Definitely worth doing this
    • (40) Stay Happily Married – In Progress, but still takes work