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At the age of 15 John Stoddard made a list of all the things he wanted to accomplish in his life. He envisioned himself as a great explorer and put down things like: explore the Nile, climb Mt. Everest, visit every country in the world, visit the moon. His list had 127 goals.

When John was 60, he had become an author and lecturer and had made many explorations. He often smiles when asked about the list he made many years ago. “Nearly everyone,” he says, “has goals and dreams, but not everyone acts on them. There are things on the list I will never do: Star in a Tarzan movie or climb Mt....

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