Oh The Places You’ll Go

I was watching an episode of Boston Legal where William Shatner takes his Law Partner, James Spader fly fishing in British Columbia. I began to reflect upon the places my speaking and consulting business have taken me over the past 20 years. Here is the short list:

>Istanbul, Turkey (The Grand Bazar and Palace after Palace)
>Boston, MA (Game 7 Eastern Conference Finals Celtics vs. Cavs)
>Honolulu, Hawaii (Hiking Diamond Head) 8 times!
>Scottsdale, AZ 5 times
>Aruba (The most magnificent beach imaginable)
>Niagra Falls (The Canadian Side twice)
>Homer, AK (Halibut Fishing)
>Orange, NJ (Tom Edison’s Home and Gravesite)
>Fort Meyers, FL (Tom Edison’s Workshop and Summer Home)
>Monticello, VA (Tom Jefferson’s extra-ordinary mansion)
>Great Neck, Long Island (Teddy Roosevelt’s Home)
>Epcot Center, FL
>Disneyworld & Disneyland 3 times
>Islas Muharas, Mexico (snorkeling & parasailing)
>Williams Lake, BC, Canada (train ride north)
>Portland, OR (Water Skiing on the river)
>Lynchburg, VA (Appomatox where Lee Surrendered)
>New York City (The Twin Towers, 30 Rockerfeller Center, The Waldorf)
>Chicago, IL (96th Floor of the Sears Tower)
>Springfiled, IL (The Lincoln Musuem)
>San Fransisco, CA (The Golden Gate Bridge)
>Napa, CA (Wine Country)
>Hollywood, CA (Beverly Hills & Mullholland Drive)
>Albequerqe, NM (The Gondola up the mountain)
>Arlington, TX (The Rangers vs. Athletics)
>Shea Stadium, NY (Mets vs. Expos)
>Baltimore, MD (Orioles vs. Mariners)
>Fenway Park, MA (Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay)
>Rochester, NY (George Eastman’s Home)
>Detroit, MI Auburn Hills Arena (Pistons vs. Charlotte)
>Pimlico Race Track, Baltimore MD
>Judge Roy Bean’s Texas Town
>Chicago Bulls United Arena
>The Grand Ol’ Oprey, Nashville, TN (Twice)
>Graceland – Elvis’ Mansion in Memphis, TN
>BB King’s Blues Club, Memphis, TN
>Reno, NV
>Las Vegas, NV (George Carlin, Penn & Teller, Louis Anderson, Danny Ganz, The Blue Man Group)
>Dallas, TX Mavericks Vs. San Antonio Spurs
>Corpus Christi, TX
>Houston, TX
>San Antonio, TX (The Alamo)
>Denver (Nuggets last game in the Pepsi Center) CO
>Indianapolis, IN (Men’s Final Four)
>Philadelphia (Phillies last game in Veterans Stadium)
>Galveston, TX (8 days after a Hurricane)
>Gettysburg, PA (The Civil War Musuem)
>Sundance, UT (Louie Louie Rock Band)
>Central Park (Hansom Cab Ride)
>The Waldorf Astoria Hotel (The Broadway Show “The Producers”)
>Stahekin, WA (Lake Chelan)
>Gotham Comedy Club, Manhattan, NY
>Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, FL
>Destin, FL (one of the most beautiful beaches in the world)
>Amelia Island, FL (Ritz Carlton Hotel)
>St. Louis (Cardinals vs. Montreal Expos), MO
>Pittsburgh (Pirates vs. Montreal Expos) PA
>Ruckersville, (U of Virginia vs. Florida State Football), VA
>Mt. St. Helens, WA
>Rapid City, SD
>Ann Arbor, MI (Film Festival)
>Washington DC (Improv Comedy Club)
>Foxboro, MA (New England Patriots vs. Carolina Cougars)
>Modesto, CA
>San Fransisco, CA (three times)
>Sacramento, CA
>Seminar for the University of Louisville Men’s Soccer Team, KY
>Norman, OK (University of Oklahoma Men’s BB game)
>Sweet 16-UW vs. U of West Virginia @ Syracuse Carrierdome
>Yuma, AZ
>St. George, UT (Ballon Ride)
>Pittsburgh, PA (Penguins and Pirates games)

Years ago, when I wrote Freedom from Fear I wrote out a Lifetime Goal List. Many of the places listed above were on that list. Do you think that is a happy coincidence? Perhaps. I like to believe that it happened because I wrote it down. Dream, Write, Realize.

Each of us must find reasons to work hard. What do you want to DO, HAVE, BE, SHARE AND SEE?

I have 65 new things on my updated list….What is on your list?


Oh! The Places You’ll Go! (Abridged) 
by Dr. Seuss

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street.

And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener there in the wide open air. Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.
Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

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