Another person I'd put in this category is Ray Jardine. His guides to hiking the Pacific Crest Trail led me to put my sneakers on and try the same. I didn't complete it but it awakened me in a way that staying home does not. Ray is the kind of guy who thinks a good vacation means kayaking around Baja California, rowing across the Atlantic, retracing Northwest Passage or skiing across Antarctica ... shared with his kind adventurous athletic wife Jenny.
I can't follow in these people's footsteps very far. But they document their treks and compulsively teach about them, and that is the next best thing to being there, and helps me adventure more around the edges.
A life lived large embiggens us all.
Now that I think about it, doing the amazing and interesting things are so anomalous, that one could probably make a bit of money doing them. Maybe that's why vloggers are so successful. Talk about having your cake and eating it too.
Making money is basically what every single long-term traveler is focused on, and I've yet to meet a single one who is actually paying for full time travel while traveling full time. A few of us (me included) get close by selling magazine articles, writing books, selling photos, etc. etc. It's a job, just a really, really fun job.
He mentioned he had a tech job at one point on one of his blog posts.
I studied Software Engineering in Australia, I work as that from time to time to top up the savings account, though I hope I never have to do it again.
Good luck and keep it up.
At stated in the article it seems he lives to learn and share knowledge gained through his adventures.
He's visited 250 tribes I think it's fair to say the knowledge shared between those / few back to society are likely to be significant - just because 'he hasn't invented x' it doesn't mean contributions in other forms do not exist
So, you'd be impressed if he had invented the post it note or some computer gizmo? Yeah, that would so much mean that his brief time on earth was well spent and not futile...
Most people don't invent or make anything, and they don't make many other people's lives better (their family's maybe, if that). So there's that.
Besides, if life is only meaningful when making others lives better, does that mean that those others' lives (and life in general) is meaningless in itself?
This is for orange lovers, you're an apple guy/gal.
I don't find Steve Jobs inspiring. The guy was an egomaniac, treated people like shit, invented and innovated a lot, but didn't do it for altruistic reasons and did almost nothing to help even his own family, much less all of humanity. He made a lot of peoples' jobs easier and perhaps better in practical ways, but he's not an inspirational figure to me at all.
You don't have to leave anything tangible behind to inspire others, and you can build a lot while still not being an inspiration.
I am sure there are a lot of things that don't inspire you, yet I kind of doubt you spend much time going to all those forums explicitly pointing it out. Likewise, I suspect you wouldn't care much for people going to maker/inventor forums commenting on how inventions don't inspire them.
An analogy: many recipes have one or two ingredients that contribute most of the flavour -- but you can't optimize a chocolate cake for tastiness by forgetting about the cake and guzzling a bowlful of cocoa and sugar.
More concretely, balance is very important in most people's lives. And even if family life isn't the kind of thing that necessarily 'wears thin' the way some activities do, who's to say he would have been the same kind of father or husband without all those other sides of his life? Maybe his adventurous spirit is part of what attracted his wife to him, and maybe he would have found it harder to be a good father if he hadn't also been fulfilled in other ways.
 I don't think the only alternatives are 'literally true' or 'crowd-pleasing bullshit'. He may have meant it sincerely but not quite literally, i.e. he may genuinely value his family above all else, and see them as the greatest contributor to his enjoyment of life, even if they aren't literally more exciting than jumping out of an aeroplane.
For me, life is about growing intellectually, broadening my mind or going to strange inner creative places, knowing myself.
Imagine if he tried to do the things on his list, but failed. Would he be less happy? Probably not.
Of course, this is all assuming that he is truly the "completely satisfied" person that the article paints him to be. I doubt any person is quite so simple as that.
I think what you are talking about is where you did something and it didn’t work out for yourself.
edit: and of course, 'people who have hurt others' encompasses all of us, to greater or lesser degrees. I'm not saying that none of us should be happy with who we are, or that we should never admit that we think things turned out for the best, weighing the good against the bad. But surely most of us have some things we really would do differently if we had our time again.
He, along with his two French companions were the first to explore the entire Nile river.
 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFr4bTfm40c
And the last paragraph is just another point by point list of what that man did...