Crowdwish founder Bill Griffin is dedicated to making dreams come true. Ahead of the release of a new book, he tells us about his favourite wishes and how he achieved them
Four years ago, Bill Griffin had what he describes as a classic midlife crisis and walked out on his top job at Comedy Central to get into the wishing business.
The result was Crowdwish.com, a site where users share the one thing they wish for most in the entire world. Every day, Griffin then attempts to fulfil the top-ranking wish, as voted by the public. He can only attempt, mind: Im not in the wish-granting business I always emphasise that. I investigate the feasibility and do what I can in 24 hours.
More than 1,000 wish days on, Griffin is releasing The Wish: The 99 Things We Think We Want Most (complete with 99 different cover designs for readers to choose from). These 99 best-of wishes range from I wish I could do something about my awful mother-in-law and I wish I could be an extra in Game of Thrones, to I wish people understood what it is like to have an invisible illness a compendium of the comic, grave and profane to which Griffin has now sought to provide useful everyday solutions.
He now passes his time slaving for the happiness of others, but has it made him any happier? Absolutely, he says. If you look at the basics of positive psychology, the stuff that makes you happy is being creative, being engaged, having tasks you can see through to completion, and doing good in the world. I have all of that.
Bill Griffins favourite wishes