Your Top 20 Bucket List for Living the Good Life

How highly successful people end up living their best life possible.


For all of their differences, there’s a great deal of similarity amongst those who have achieved their wildest dreams. For one thing, they prioritize their basic needs. Having your basic needs taken care of gets them out of the way. It frees up energy to flow in other directions.

Highly successful people are known to for their willingness to step outside of their comfort zones. While that trait alone is impressive, it’s the ability to do it every day that makes all the difference. So, if you want to live your good life, let this article get you in motion! Here’s your top 20 bucket list to help you reach as far as you dare:

1. Do something that makes you really uncomfortable.

Your Top 20 Bucket List for Living the Good Life“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

2. Set a physical challenge for yourself, and see it through to the end.  

“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first…in the middle of the pack…or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.” –Fred Lebow

Your Top 20 Bucket List for Living the Good Life

3. Take the time to figure out what you really want.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” –Confucius

4. Volunteer for one night per week.

“Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.” –Gillian Anderson

Your Top 20 Bucket List for Living the Good Life

5. Take a genuine interest in the people around you.

“Everyone wants more than anything to be allowed into someone else’s most secret self. Everyone wants to allow someone into their most secret self.” –Aidan Chambers

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 64 Comments

  1. Avatar of Marie Carbell

    Marie Carbell

    Great! I think everything here is very helpful. I would add: Take the time to look at the stars sometimes and realize how small we are, and how small are our issues and anxiety. It always helps me to handle my troubles with more calm…

  2. Avatar of Angela Sum

    I love this! It’s very encouraging for me as an artist/entrepreneur. Just too many I can’t find all the time to do!

  3. Avatar of Christina Brown

    Christina Brown

    Sounds great!! looking forward to putting these into practice. Thank you! This arrived at the right moment. There are a few similarities between some of your goals, like doing something that makes me uncomfortable and setting physical challenge for myself(i’m into cycling and running). What I love about this bucket lists is realizing how many amazing things I have already accomplished in my life. Looking forward to more inspiration from this site.

  4. Avatar of Helen Franklin

    Helen Franklin

    Very easy to read and apply to ones life. Some great points to ponder on stepping out of our comfort zone. I will try to set my focus inward to create a more centered, peaceful world around me and push through the other stuff. This post is so insightful and inspiring. Thanks Hilary, for taking the time present this information to us.

  5. Avatar of Alice Harris

    Alice Harris

    Wonderful! i love these tips. I hope to practice each item listed.

  6. Avatar of Leslie Williams

    Leslie Williams

    What I most love about this article that it shows a bucket-list isn’t just about the places that you want to visit and the adventures that you want to go on. This is all about personal growth, and I really adore it! I’m adding your ideas to my list. And as I volunteer twice a week,I can already cross one thing off the list. 🙂 😉

  7. Avatar of Frances Seifert

    Frances Seifert

    This has completely changed my perspective. These are such striking ideas. It is so beautiful and unique that it just makes me want to write down my own list, which I’ll do at some point, and I’ll include these amazing ideas too.

  8. Avatar of Amelia Beckons

    Amelia Beckons

    Just wanted to stop by and thank you for this amazing article. I can’t even begin to tell you how inspired I am right now even though I’m not one to make bucket lists. This article inspired me to do a karma list. A list of bad things I’ve done, and I’ll work on making them right again. 🙂

  9. Avatar of Diana Hewitt

    Diana Hewitt

    Amazing. I was just about to cross something off of my bucket list when I ran into this post. I fully agree with every point made. Your Bucket list shouldn’t just be a mindless collection of random things to do before you hit 60- though you have every right to make it just that if you want. But it should include thing about bettering yourself, trying something new, and having fun in the process.

  10. Avatar of Selia Szczepanska

    Well put! Life is way more than making a list of things that you would like to do. If you don’t think about the activities within your Bucket List, it becomes yet another “to-do” list. However, with much thought about what’s important to you and where your life is headed, your bucket list can become truly meaningful. Thank you for this article! 🙂

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