My 1972 to-do list

It’s fun taking a walk down memory lane, and seeing how far we’ve come and what we’ve achieved. My friend Kenny Kemp recently uncovered this little gem, from my 1972 diary.

On November 6th, as a 22-year-old, I made the following to-do list:

1.     Learn to fly

2.     Look after me, you, boat

3.     Entertain everybody with me

4.     Invite nice people back

5.     Start getting the small house together at The Manor

6.     Start buying odds and sods for The Manor

7.     Work with me on projects/sort me out

8.     More shops to be found

As you can see, the bullet points range from lofty ambitions like learning to fly and opening more Virgin Records stores, to inviting people around and buying bits and pieces for our record studio The Manor. You can even see some scribbles about a Gong album on the page above.

I’ve often written about my love of writing lists – and this one shows I’ve been at it since the very beginning. Lists not only provide great structure for getting things done, but they also help us to set goals and achieve our dreams.


A year after writing this list, in 1973, we launched our Virgin Records label from The Manor, signed Mike Oldfield and released Tubular Bells – one of the biggest selling albums of the decade and the soundtrack to The Exorcist. From there Virgin Records grew and grew, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Take a look at one of your old diaries. Have you achieved a lofty goal that you wrote down?


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