Milestones are important things. Important for us to work towards with the support of our peers and family, and important for us to celebrate once achieved. I’ve been thinking more about milestones of late, having just reached one of my own – the sale of my 1000th property listed. When I began in real estate (longer ago than I care to remember!) such an achievement was tantamount to hopping in a spacecraft (although that may or may not also be on my bucket list too). But, slowly and steadily with much valued support from my team – this milestone eventually did come around. Rather than leaps and bounds, it was achieved brick by brick and weekend by weekend of hard work. There are many kinds of valuable milestones in a life well-lived. They might include the joy of a marriage (another milestone of mine), the happiness of children in one’s life, a professional goal achieved, a physical quest conquered, or a phobia or fear overcome. Today’s brief blog is a way of thinking about the signposts past, the milestones yet to be achieved – and a brief and irreverent look at some notable goals achieved.
- Aussie Sporting Milestone – Cadel Evans wins the Tour de France
How wonderful to see a local Victorian bloke who’s put in the ‘hard yards’ make his way down the Champs Elysees in the yellow jersey! A milestone that put Australian cycling on the map, and something for the whole nation to rejoice in – similar to the America’s Cup victory from days of yore.
- Medical Breakthroughs
When we think of ‘game changers’, there’s no bigger paradigm shift than that caused by a medical breakthrough. I’m so grateful that our community are free of debilitating diseases such as polio due to the development of appropriate vaccines. Research funds for scientists are so essential in bringing about further medical milestones. I took some time out in 2011 to take part in Cure Cancer Australia’s ‘Trek for a Cure’ to Peru. This was indeed a milestone for me in physically trekking such a mountainous region – and in devoting myself to raising funds and awareness for important medical research to cure cancer. The friends I made and stories of overcoming (or succumbing to) health adversity I was privileged to hear on that Trek will stay with me throughout my life.
- When it comes to milestones of a more lighthearted (and mildly obsessive) nature, there’s no better reference than the Guinness Book of Records.
For some, the milestone might be the highest Donkey Kong score ever (as documented in award-winning The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters).
What’s the milestone you’re aiming for – and what’s a milestone you’ve already achieved?