"What's On Your Bucket List?"

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What's On Your Bucket List?
by Joe Bonura, CSP

 

The First

For all of my life, I have had a bucket list. For years, my grandfather told me stories of his hometown, the little village of Contessa Entellina in Sicily. l remember telling him, "Popsy, one day, I will visit Contessa." I was the first Bonura in my family to visit my grandfather's birthplace.

Family Changing Experience

It was a life changing experience, not only for me, but for the entire Bonura family both in Sicily and in the USA. Since my wife Carol and I visited Contessa, My son Nick has been there; my daughter Ann has been there; both of my sisters Linda and Kay have been there, Kay with her daughter and Linda with her husband Walter.

Opened The Door

My bucket list goal opened the door to a whole new family connection on the other side of the world. Until that time, the family in Contessa Entellina did not know we existed. It was almost 100 years since my grandfather left Italy to come to America. His family immigrated in 1892 when he was six years old. His parents' generation was the last generation to keep in contact with our extended family.

The Greatest

My wife and I love opera, and we had a goal to see Luciano Pavarotti sing in person -- another goal on my bucket list. In 1982 we attended a Pavarotti concert in San Francisco, and we met him at a cocktail party after the performance. While waiting to visit with him, we had the privilege of visiting with Sherrill Milnes, one of opera's greatest baritones. I continue to be stunned and amazed when I think of that magical night in California.

Up, Up And Away

When I was a young boy, I rode my bike to the airport to watch the airplanes take off. I set a goal to become a pilot, and years later, I became a private pilot owning my own plane. One of the highlights of my flying experience was going up with a friend and instructor, Gary Polsgrove, and doing some aerobatic maneuvers. (Another goal checked off of my bucket list)

Nine Years

Another goal to open an advertising agency by the time I was 30 years old was realized when I was 29 years and nine months old. Bon Advertising Agency became the second largest advertising agency in the state of Kentucky.

The Bucket List

One of my favorite movies was "The Bucket List" with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Because they were both diagnosed with terminal illnesses, they devised a list of all the fun things they wanted to do before they shuffled off. Together they experienced one adventure after another.

Spice Of Life

A bucket list adds spice to life and gives me something beyond the status quo to look forward to. Besides my faith and family, it gives me a reason to get up and go to work, if for no other reason than to earn the money to enjoy the things on my bucket list.

So What Is Next On My Bucket List?

When I was in the advertising agency business, I had a car dealer client V.V. Cooke. V.V. invited me to the Indianapolis 500 time trials with the Corvette Club. I had never been to a car race, and I did not own a Corvette, so V.V. loaned me a Corvette and off I went.

Three At a Time

There were over 500 Corvettes at this event, and on day three, they allowed all the Corvettes to enter the track and line up in threes. We were allowed to do one lap around the famous Indy track, three at a time, but there were so many of us that we crowded each other and we could only do a partial lap. Since that experience, I have been an Indy racing fan, and I hope for a chance to finish that lap some day.

Indy Car, Here I Come

My desire to drive a real Indy car was stirred -- my next bucket list goal. Yesterday, two friends and business colleagues gave me the opportunity to finish my lap around an Indy track. The opportunity is a driving session with the Mario Andretti School of Racing. WOW! After a training session, I will drive an Indy car around a track for eight minutes. Soon, another dream fulfilled. I cannot wait to experience the thrill of driving a real Indy car, and I will share the video in a future ezine.

Not Bragging

Please do not misinterpret this article as a bragging list. It is simply a demonstration of how you can have, be, or do anything you want, if you set your goal and take the steps to accomplish that goal.

Alive At 95

Recently, former president, George H.W. Bush, tandem parachuted out of a helicopter at 6,000 feet. He is 90 years old and plans to do it again when he is 95. It had to be one of the most exciting moments of his life.

Patch The Holes In Your Bucket

Never let your bucket get a hole in it because your life will start to dribble out, and you will be left sitting on the sidelines while life passes you by. This is not a dress rehearsal; this is your life! Live your life before you end up saying to yourself, "If only I had…"

© 2014 Joe Bonura & Associates, Inc.


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About Joe Bonura

His background is unique. Joe owned and operated a highly successful advertising agency for 18 years. During that time, he found his advertising campaigns were more effective when he educated his clients in the areas of sales and service. He conducted training seminars for his clients as added value. Word spread that Joe was a quality speaker and more and more people asked him to speak. The demand became so high that he sold the agency to three of his associates to start his own speaking and consulting company, Joe Bonura & Associates, Inc.

Joe is past President of the Kentucky Speakers Association and a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a prestigious designation earned by only 8% of the 3,600 member National Speakers Association. Joe presently serves on the board of directors of NSA.

He is author of the audio learning systems "Three-Dimensional Selling®" and "Turning Customer Satisfaction Into Customer Excitement®." He is author of the book Throw the Rabbit—The Ultimate Approach to Three-Dimensional Selling.

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