Don’t Die Wondering (DDWs)

 

Completed
Task
X
1000 hours of Community Service
X
Adopt
X
Attend a Dallas FB Game 
X
Attend a Murder Mystery Dinner
X
Backpack Scotland

Backpack the Grand Canyon
X
Barefoot ski

Be on a TV show (Reality)

Be on the Tonight Show
X
Be on TV
X
Become a Certified Teacher/Professor 
X
Become a Police Officer 

Become an expert marksman

Become an honorary Spartan 
X
Blow Glass
X
Build a Fort/Treehouse

Build a log cabin
X
Build an Igloo

Carve a canoe out of a tree/log
X
Catch a snowflake on your tongue
X
Chase a tornado

Climb a major mountain
X
Come up in the St Louis Arch

Compete in a prof. sport

Compete in the Scottish Games
X
Complete a triathlon 

Cowboy a cattle drive
X
Create a Website
X
Develop a community garden 
X
Disciple 12 people
X
Do a barrel roll in a Kayak

Do a pushup on the Four Corners Monument

Do a stunt for a scene in a movie
X
Do the Color Run

Dog sledding in Alaska (Iditarod) 
X
Donate Blood

Drink a Beer at Oktoberfest
X
Drive a Lamborghini 

Drive in a demolition derby 
X
Drive over a 100 mph  

Drive Route 66 (Chicago to LA)

Drive swamp craft (hover craft)
X
Drive-In Movie

Earn a Blackbelt in a Martial Art

Earn multiple Graduate Degrees

Eat at a 5-Star Restaurant

Eat Black Broth/Soup
X
Eat Chinese leftovers for breakfast
X
Eat Haggis 
X
Experience no gravity
X
Fast for 40 days 

Fight a pro fighter/MMA

Fill up a Passport

Find a German Castle with BERG on it

Finish a Marathon (Spartan Beast)

Fire walk

Float in the Dead Sea
X
Fly a plane

Fly far way to just eat 
X
Fly First Class
X
Forge a blade

Get into the Guinness book of WR
X
Get Lost in a Corn Maze
X
Get out of a ticket
X
Give to a Charity… Anonymously
X
Go Cliff Diving

Go Geocaching (Find over 100 places/things)

Go off roading
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Go on a 1,000 mile bicycle ride
X
Go on a Cruise 
X
Go on a Police Patrol 
X
Go on a Road Trip flipping a coin
X
Go Sailing

Go Sky Diving
X
Go Spelunking 
X
Go to a Drive-In Movie
X
Go to a Movie Premier Dressed-Up

Go to random house & eat with them
X
Grow a Garden

Happily Married (Be a Great Dad)

Have a recognized cattle brand

Hike the Appalachian Trail
X
Hike to the top of the Wallace Monument 

Hot Air Balloon ride

Ice skate on a pond

Invent and patent something

Learn 3 instruments

Learn 3 languages
X
Learn Archery

Learn Car Maintenance (Change Oil, Brakes, etc.)

Learn to Juggle
X
Learn to Play Chess

Learn Yoga
X
Light a match with a .22 shot

Make a delivery in a semi truck
X
Make an Arrest 
X
Make My Kids Smile!

Meet a president
X
Meet Royalty

Mine a diamond or gold 

Own a bald eagle
X
Own a Hoplon
X
Own a Kilt

Own a yellow Jeep Wrangler 
X
Participate in some LARPing
X
Perform a Wedding
X
Plant a Tree
X
Play College Football
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Play in prof. poker tournament

Play organized rugby

Presidential Medal of Freedom 
X
Publish something
X
Put "$100 on black"
X
Read Bible cover to cover 

Research my Family Tree

Ride a Bull

Ride a Camel in the Desert
X
Ride a fire truck to a fire
X
Ride a horse bareback
X
Ride a Mechanical Bull
X
Ride a Seqway
X
Ride in a helicopter
X
Ride in a Limo
*
Ride the top 10 Roller coasters
X
Run a half-marathon 

Run for mayor/political office
X
Run the "Rocky steps”
X
Run the field at Dallas stadium (Stand on the star)

Run with the Bulls (Spain)

Save a life
X
Scuba Diving in Hawaii

See a Aztec or Mayan Temple
X
See a Solar Eclipse

See an active Volcano
X
See Big Ben
X
See London Bridge

See Mount Everest

See Mount Rushmore 

See Niagara Falls 
X
See the Changing of the Guard
X
See the Empire State Building

See the Golden Gate Bridge

See the Harbor of Rio de Janeiro

See the Northern Lights

See the Parthenon

See the Sistine Chapel
X
See the Statue of Liberty (Ellis Island)

See the Taj Mahal
X
See U2 Live (front row)
X
Sell a House for a Profit

Serve on a jury
X
Shake Chuck Norris' Hand
X
Shoot a quarter from 100 yards
X
Shower in a Waterfall
X
Sing for a famous person 
X
Sing in a Cathedral
X
Sing Karaoke
X
Skinny Dipping in the ocean
X
Skip School
X
Sleep in a Castle
X
Smoke a Cuban Cigar

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

Solve a Rubik’s Cube

Spend 30 days off the grid 
X
Spend the night in Beverly Hills
X
Squat 600/Bench 400/Run under 5

Stand on the Equator
X
Start a Company
*
Stay in Walmart for 3-Days
*
Stay overnight in a haunted house

Swing on a vine in an African jungle
X
Take a stranger to dinner

Travel to the coast on $20
X
Tropical Snorkeling
X
Visit a military facility 

Visit all 50 states (Alaska) w/ the Kids

Visit all 7 continents (Set foot on Antarctica)
X
Visit an Orphanage

Visit Battle of Thermopylae monument 
X
Visit Disney Land
X
Visit Disney World

Visit Israel – Jerusalem (Walk the Via Dolorosa)

Visit New Zealand 

Visit Stonehenge

Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
X
Visit Times Square at Night
X
Visit Washington DC (important monuments)

Visit Yellowstone National Park

Walk in the Colosseum

Walk on the Hoover Dam

Walk on top a moving train 

Walk the Great Wall of China
X
Wash Dishes to cover your bill
X
Watch all 100 AFI Films
X
Watch all best picture winners

Watch SNL live
X
Wear a Dallas Cowboy Super Bowl Ring
X
White water raft

Write a Book

*No longer a desire to complete.

It’s official… ALL 50 STATES!!!

Hundreds of pictures later, I am so excited to announce… what started in the middle of the country (Oklahoma) has now gone coast to coast!! We officially have at least one #Sparking pic in a Walmart in EVERY single state in the U.S.!! Looking forward to seeing customers jump in and come up with some more creativity with the #SparkChallenge

**Don’t see your store… Comment and let us know where to find your store’s #Sparking pic (You can post it to your store’s Facebook and/or Instagram page via My Local Social)!!

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  • AlabamaClanton: 424
    • Springville: 3386
    • Sumiton: 2723
  • AlaskaWasilla: 2074
  • ArizonaBulkhead CityL 1370
    • Mesa: 5304
    • Prescott Valley: 3730
    • Tuscan: 5858
  • ArkansasHot Springs: 52
    • Paragold: 36
    • Rogers: 1 & 5260
  • CaliforniaDinuba: 5394
    • El Centro: 1555
    • Folsom: 1760
    • Hanford: 1645
    • Indio: 8958
    • Stockton: 3352
    • Tulare: 2536
    • Wasco: 5859
    • Visalia: 1826
  • ColoradoCanon City: 1019
  • ConnecticutOld Saybrook: 2898
  • DelawareGeorgetown: 2791
    • Rehoboth Beach: 2419
  • FloridaBayonet Point: 5266
    • Jacksonville: 4444
    • LaBelle: 6190
    • Lake Wales: 859
    • Melbourne: 956
    • Miami Gardens: 2907
    • Middleburg: 5802
    • North Port: 3387
    • Orlando: 1220
    • Pinellass Park: 4669
    • Tarpon Springs: 3415
    • Town ’n’ Country: 1482
  • GeorgiaAlpharetta: 4436
    • Cedartown: 727
    • Macon: 1076
    • Rome: 658 & 5151
  • HawaiiKailua Kona: 2321
    • Honolulu: 3145
  • IdahoGarden City: 2861
    • Meridian: 3093
  • IllinoisBradley: 1307
    • Canton: 713
    • Elgin: 1814
    • Galena: 5044
    • Galesburg: 775
    • Orland Hills: 1556
    • Rockford: 1955
    • Rockton: 3837
    • Round Lake Beach: 1228
    • Sparta: 222
  • IndianaBoonville: 566
    • Fort Wayne: 1419
    • Goshen: 1378
    • Jasper: 870
    • Portage: 2544
    • Tell City: 1676
    • Vincennes: 492
  • IowaCedar Rapids: 1528
    • Clinton: 2889
    • Sioux Center: 1152
  • KansasGreat Bend: 770
    • Overland Park: 1691
    • Paola: 242
  • KentuckyMaysville: 1569
    • Morehead: 1139
    • Mount Sterling: 1140
    • Princeton: 204
  • LouisianaMansura: 1128
    • Minden: 87
  • MainePresque Isle: 1924
  • MarylandEaston: 1715
    • Dundalk: 2435
    • Waldorf: 1717
  • MassachusettsChicopee: 5278
    • North Oxford: 2012
    • Orange: 2329
  • MichiganCadillac: 1432
    • Ironwood: 5444
    • Plainwell: 2061
    • Sault Sainte Marie: 1936
    • Taylor: 2912
    • White Lake: 2700
  • MinnesotaBemidji: 3233
  • MississippiBooneville: 114
    • Gulfport: 6165
    • New Albany: 153
  • MissouriLamar: 338
    • Nixa: 2702
    • Perryville: 82
    • Republic: 1009
  • MontanaButte: 1901
  • NebraskaCrete: 4322
    • Fairbury: 418
  • NevadaReno: 4239
  • New HampshireSalem: 2142
  • New JerseyBridgeton: 5384
    • Woodbridge: 5281
  • New MexicoAlbuquerque: 831
    • Rio Rancho:
  • New YorkRochester: 2859
    • Victor: 2785
  • North CarolinaHillsborough: 1191
    • Waynesville: 1663
  • North DakotaBismarck: 1534
  • OhioCincinnati: 3656
    • Coshocton: 1937
    • Gallipolis: 2605
    • Hamilton: 3502
    • Jackson: 1519
  • OklahomaAda: 231
    • Broken Arrow: 4637
    • Broken Bow: 117
    • Catoosa: 3055
    • Cleveland: 207
    • Duncan: 1116
    • Edmond: 389
    • Glenpool: 4615
    • Idabel: 38
    • Pauls Valley: 1043
    • Oklahoma City: 1626
    • Sand Springs: 838
    • Tulsa: 1597
  • OregonHappy Valley: 5440
    • Salem: 1920
  • PennsylvaniaEdinboro: 3253
    • Gibsonia: 2603
    • Greenville: 2674
    • Hazleton: 2255
    • Mill Hall: 2528
    • New Castle: 2287
  • Rhode IslandCoventry: 2283
  • South CarolinaCamden: 634
    • Florence: 630
    • Rock Hill: 4593
  • South DakotaPierre: 1685
  • TennesseeDyersburg: 677
    • Jefferson City: 724
    • Knoxville: 1320
  • TexasBedford: 1178
    • Converse: 5144
    • Gun Barrel City: 516
    • Houston: 768
    • Hurst: 5080
    • Los Fresnos: 2765
    • McAllen: 397
    • Pampa: 600
    • Penitas: 4508
    • Wichita Falls: 420
  • UtahCedar City: 1438
    • Spanish Fork: 3988
  • VermontBennington: 2289
  • VirginiaAppomattox: 4636
    • Franklin: 2705
    • Fredericksburg: 4258 & 2520
    • Henrico: 7032
    • Norton: 1302
    • Stafford: 2438
  • WashingtonEphrata: 3260
    • Federal Way: 2571
    • Mount Pleasant: 2196
    • Oak Harbor: 2319
    • Othello: 3217
  • West VirginiaLewisburg: 1499
  • WisconsinDelafield: 1678
    • Eau Claire: 1669
    • Greenfield: 1394
    • Kenosha: 1167
    • Manitowoc: 1449
    • Marinette: 2545
    • Monroe: 802
    • New Richmond: 5432
    • Shawano: 2271
    • Sheboygan: 3324
    • Wisconsin Rapids: 1202
  • WyomingGillette: 1485

**The very first Spark picture below… Tulsa, Oklahoma!!

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19 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became A Store Manager

The following is a letter I received from my friend and Store Manager – Chris Addison (Store 4615, Glenpool, Oklahoma).  It was so good, I asked if I could share it with you!

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There are several things you need to know before walking into your first store.  This isn’t a list of expectations for your team, simply ideas and thoughts for you to think about before you get going…

  1. Trust in yourself, believe in yourself, be confident that you are the best person for the store. People will not follow weakness, they will follow “trust.”
  2. You make the decision every morning on what kind of mood you’re going to be in, and in doing so, you set the tone for the store.
  3. Don’t be so proud you won’t reach out for help or ask questions.
  4. Your new store was a team before you got there and will be a team after you leave. They don’t have to prove anything to you.
  5. Enable your managers and associates to be successful. Find and then eliminate opportunities for failure.
  6. You must have compassion–what is small to you may be huge to your associates.
  7. Have patience and humility. It’s not always going to go your way, they won’t always hit a home run, help build them up so they can.
  8. Believe in and practice affirmation daily. People love to be recognized and told “thank you.”
  9. Listen… Give people (associates and customers) your undivided attention. People love to be heard.
  10. You can’t show your frustration–even when everyone else is. You cannot sit back and complain when times get tough. You have to be the positive force that changes the tide. Negative breeds negative.
  11. Have clear and open lines of communication. Be approachable, or you will get blind-sided.
  12. Teach, learn, and share successes, as well as, failures. Show ownership in the good and the bad.
  13. Being a leader isn’t about micro-managing, and it has zero to do with the title you hold. It’s the ability to make people want to do better for themselves as well as the customer.
  14. As a leader, you have to take a step back from your impulsive, emotional reactions, and instead operate from a place of calm understanding.
  15. True leadership is the ability to communicate with and effectively reach each and every person you work with, in the way that works best for each of them. Note: no two people are the same.
  16. When no-one else knows what to do next, lead by example.
  17. When everyone else is out of gas, your job is to inject more fuel. Never show them your quit.
  18. Do not forget that “different” does not necessarily mean “wrong,” and what motivates you isn’t what is going to motivate everyone else.
  19. Invest IN what you expect to get OUT.

#Sparking & #SparkChallenge

A lot has happened in the past 35 days, culminating with a recent picture of the President & CEO of the largest company in the world “Sparking” in his office… But what is it? Where did it come from? And who is Surge!?

On June 8th, 2018, under the direction of the newly hired Marketing Director of Store Experience, Zach Lones, fifteen Walmart stores embarked on a 60-day Instagram trial run.  Our mission: Reach 6,000 combined followers by August 7th by word of mouth and sharing, without boosts. (At release of this post we are at 5,300+ followers!)

Many stores saw immediate success hitting the ground running with posts and connecting with their very own associates and customers. But it was just a few days in (June 11th) when Surge and two friends (Taylor & Chris) sat down and began dreaming of ways to make an impact. Nearly one hundred ideas came from that meeting and continue to evolve and be added to… Some we have already seen and many still yet to come! One of the ones that acted upon that same night—SPARKING! Immediately the three went to the closest Walmart store and took a very awkward picture with one individual standing with their arms spread wide while another stood behind doing the same but in the opposite direction, creating the Walmart Spark (the company logo and icon).

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Many other variations were tried, the “sorority pose” and “chicken wing”, but only one remained (for now).

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Over the next few weeks Surge began to encourage local associates to partner up and “do Sparking” for pictures.

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However, #Sparking began to evolve into a single associate jumping in the air with their arms and legs spread making the Spark on their own. Which has become a favorite!

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This of course gave way for the infamous walking up on associates and asking them to “Spark” or “Spark-It!”

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And it was shortly thereafter when the first official #SparkChallenge was thrown down from one individual to another.

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As more and more associates began to show their Spark the movement grew until the day a visit from the President of Walmart US Greg Foran and CFO Brett Briggs showed up at Walmart Academy Store 4637 where an associate asked for the two to pose “Sparking.”

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These pictures spread like wildfire… It was here Surge asked the question to followers on the store’s instagram page: “Who would you like to see Spark next?” The response was overwhelming and unanimous… Doug McMillon the company’s President & CEO. #CanDougSpark was born!

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After only 3 days, Surge received an email: “Can Doug Spark? Yes I Can!” And with that, Monday, July 16, 2018 was put on the calendar. Surge arrived to Walmart Home Office at 7am to go LIVE on the air with Walmart Radio DJs Bo & Antonio to spread the news.

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And then at 10am the first official picture and video went live (Doug was an amazing sport and is a very humble leader)!

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With hundreds of views and shares and multiple social networking platforms in only a few hours, the movement has no end in sight.  In fact, #Spark pictures continue to form!

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And now associates AND CUSTOMERS from all over the world continue to get more and more creative in showing their SPARK!

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Are you still curious on just exactly “How to Spark”… Lucky for you, we happened to have found this VHS recording of ‘The Official Guide to Sparking!‘ 🙂

Oh and by the way… I’m the one they call Surge!!  Why am I so passionate about the #Spark!? Because the spark is me, THE SPARK IS YOU, the spark is something exciting, something new!! Sam said, “If you love your work, you’ll be out there every day trying to do it the best you possibly can, and pretty soon everybody around will catch the passion from you – like a fever [a Spark].” We can all use a little more spark in our lives and each one of us can be that spark for our friends, our families and even at our jobs!!

Thanks so much for taking a few minutes to read this… If you’re ever in my area, come on in and tell me hi, I’d love to take a #Sparkie (Selfie) with you!!

Now go find a store near you and get Sparking… We can’t wait to see it!!

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**Follow Surge on Instagram @thesurgeberg and the store that started it all @Walmart4637

July 30th UPDATE… Since this blog was posted THOUSANDS of sparks from all over the world have been popping up! If you took a pic, please post it with the #Sparking and #SparkChallenge so we can see it.

Please keep sending me your notes and thoughts, I love seeing and hearing how this whole movement is encouraging you in the store and in life!! 

ALSO, be on the look out for HUGE news from our partner and an amazing organization: Children’s Miracle Network #SparkingForKids

Oct. 1st UPDATE… Did you see the cover of Walmart World today!?

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