"What do you want to do before you die?” Is this a question you’ve asked yourself recently? It’s one that Ben Nemtin and three of his friends discussed while putting together their 100-item bucket list, chock-full of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, like “play ball with the president,” “deliver a baby” and “make a television show.” Years later, Nemtin and his friends—Dave Lingwood and brothers and next-door neighbors, Jonnie and Duncan Penn—who make up the cast of MTV’s The Buried Life, have crossed off these items, along with 89 others. But perhaps even more incredible is that for every time Nemtin and his friends cross an item off their bucket list, they help a stranger cross something off theirs, too.
Nemtin spoke during Monday’s keynote luncheon, “5 Steps To Make The Impossible Possible.” The New York Times bestselling author and TV personality spoke on the ripple effect of positive action and the significance of devoting time to achieving our personal goals, which, in turn, helps others move closer to achieving theirs. When the concept was born for The Buried Life, Nemtin and his friends were just recent high school graduates who were dissatisfied with their lives and wanted a change—but little did they know that their two-week road trip across North America would be something they’re still devoted to, some 15 years later, and something that has touched the lives of countless people. But what Nemtin later realized was that his trove of soul-enriching experiences started with taking a single, small step, and then another, and another.