Build your Life resume (planner infographic)

Your life resume could be the most important document you ever produce. Why? Because not only will it give you the edge on the competition when it comes to college, university and job applications, but it will also give you the best chance of living a life full of adventure, challenge and growth.

If you don't know what a life resume is, then read 'Build your Life Resume and get an Edge the Competition' - and then take a look at this infographic which has been designed to help you create your own from scratch.

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You can use the planner in a couple of different ways. First, you can use each of the categories as starting points to populate your current list of achievements and active projects - these, in turn, will become the content of your life resume. Alternatively, you can use it to plan for the future. What do you want to achieve? What audacious goals and dreams do you want to chase down? Studies show that we are more likely to realise our goals if we have committed them to paper.

There are plenty of other people out there living 'on purpose' because they have taken the time to think about their life goals, rather than simply live on auto-pilot. Two examples that are worth looking into are...

Jesse Itzler


Jesse is a successful entrepreneur whose writings first introduced me to the idea of a life resume. Not only has he built and sold multi-million dollar companies, but he has run 100 miles in a single day, employed a Navy Seal as his live-in personal trainer (he wrote about that experience in 'Living with the Seal'), attended a 15 day retreat in a monastery in order to challenge his dependency on digital devices ('Living with the Monks') and the list goes on! You can learn more about Jesse and his amazing adventures here.

Joel Runyon

Joel is the founder of 'Impossible HQ' - a site where he charts his life adventures and philanthropic work. He has a version of the life resume which he calls his 'Impossible List' which is well worth looking over - it will give you an idea of what 'big dreams' look like and how powerful this idea can be.

'Impossible' has raised almost $267,000 dollars for charitable initiatives, supporting over 1800 entrepreneurs with the seed money needed to help themselves out of poverty. Along the way, Joel has had a lot of fun and travelled much of the world. He points out that the life resume/impossible list is not the same thing as a 'bucket list' which is a collection of static 'to-do-before-I-die' aspirations. Instead, it is a fluid and evolving list that defines how you want to live, and not just what you want to squeeze in before the Grim Reaper punches your clock!

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Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank is the creator of College Info Geek - an online brand which provides support and productivity hacks to those in education. He has his own 'Impossible List' too. He has used it to gain 1,000,000 subscribers to his site, cleared his student loans and published a book - he says the list helps him to live aligned with his principles.

If you would like a downloadable A3 PDF version of the 'Life Resume infographic', you can grab that here and good luck in building out your own - who knows what it might lead to...

Discussion questions

  • What are the potential benefits of planning and composing your life resume?
  • What are the potential disadvantages?
  • If you were an employer, what qualities and traits would you be looking for?
  • How important do you think it is to acquire interesting experiences?
  • What is your life purpose? How could you find out?