Known worldwide for pursuing an incredible list of 100 things that he wants to achieve before he dies, Sebastian Terry's story is surprisingly not about a bucket list.
It's about something more far reaching; permission, choice, growth and connection. The guest speaker at the 2019 Inverell Business Awards had a life-changing experience while travelling overseas.
After learning that one of his close friends had died in an accident, he vowed to change the way he lived.
He asked himself a simple question; 'Am I happy?'. The answer was no. He grabbed a piece of paper and wrote: "Death puts things into perspective. We only have one life."'
Sebastian kept writing and compiled a list of 100 things he wanted to do before he died.
100 Things would become the name of a best selling book, a reality TV show and a keynote presentation he has delivered to audiences around the world.
Following his heart and armed with nothing but a list, Sebastian's incredible story grew from an entertaining tale of adventure into a global philanthropic movement that engages a growing tribe of hundreds of thousands to not just set meaningful goals, but pull the trigger and achieve them - all while helping others do the same.
"I thought initially that it would take me 100 Things to reach a state of fulfilment but it's taken me 72 things to realise that 'ticks' are just the beginning," Sebastian said.
"The key to growth and happiness is finding out who you are on a primal level and then being that person, each and every day."
Today 100 Things acts as a conduit introducing those in need of help to those who are able to help.
This latest evolution is called Kindsum. In this way, the journey has become less about Sebastian's list and more about the art of helping.
Sebastian spends his time travelling the world connecting strangers to help each other.
Turned into a best selling book (100 Things), an ESPN documentary (100 things to do before you die) and most recently a US-based reality TV show (100 Things) where Sebastian travels the world helping complete strangers achieve their specific dreams, 100 Things inspires people and organisations to gain perspective, think big and be the best they can be on every level so that others can follow suit.
From marrying a stranger in Las Vegas, delivering a baby in Canada and even representing the Mauritian national rugby team at the African Championships (they won!), Sebastian's most profound moment was when he was first contacted by a suicidal stranger who needed help. He has also has cycled his way through Cuba, walked across France, and skydived naked.
Sebastian urges people to look at their own lives, posing them the question he once asked himself - if you knew you were going to die, would you change anything?