Impossible List

Impossible List

What Is The Impossible List?

At first glance, it may look like a bucket list, but it is NOT a bucket list.

While a bucket list is full of dreams and aspirations you hope to achieve someday, the impossible list is something you actively live out and work towards everyday.

A bucket list tends to be a static thing put off for completion some time in the distant future (not now, because we all assume that we have plenty of time before we die, right?).

The impossible list, on the other hand, is an always changing and evolving list that requires action TODAY.

When you put something on a bucket list, you may or may not end up actually doing it. You’d like to, but you probably won’t…

When you put something on an impossible list, you WILL do it. No questions asked.

The impossible list forces you to start taking action now, not to wait until you’re on your death bed. And the goal is not to check everything off the list and say you’re done, but to constantly check things off and add more things.

After reading about the impossible list for my first time over at ImpossibleHQ, I thought it sounded like something worth having. So I decided to make one.

Lo and behold, this is my impossible list.

Travel

  • Go on a cross country road trip
  • Backpack across Europe (July, 2015)
  • Backpack across South America
  • Vacation in Hawaii
  • Visit Asia (not exactly sure where yet)
  • Visit Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Visit Iguazu Falls, Argentina
  • Go on a trip without a destination
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Live in another country for an extended period of time (3-6 months, maybe even up to a year)

Adventure

  • Go skydiving
  • Go bungee-jumping
  • Go paragliding
  • Go parasailing
  • Learn to surf
  • Go wakeboarding
  • Go scuba diving
  • Jump off a high-dive (Spring 2012)
  • Go cliff diving (Summer 2012 – Hermit Falls)
  • Climb Mt. Whitney
  • Go slacklining (December, 2015)
  • Go dirt biking
  • Go off-roading (March 2016)
  • Go white-water rafting (Fall 2011 – American River)
  • Go Spelunking (Fall 2012 – Moaning and California Caverns)
  • Go outdoor rock climbing (Fall 2011 – Malibu Creek)
  • Do the Hollywood Sign Hike (Nov. 16, 2014)

Events To Attend

  • Coachella
  • Lightning in a Bottle
  • Burning Man
  • World Cup
  • Word Domination Summit

Fitness

  • Run a Tough Mudder
  • Bench press 200 (Fall 2014)
    • Bench press 225
  • Do 20 consecutive pullups (Fall 2012)
  • Do a muscle up
  • Do 50 consecutive pushups (Fall 2012)
    • Do 100 consecutive pushups
  • Do 10 freestanding handstand pushups
  • Do a planche pushup
  • Squat 225
  • Deadlift 250

Professional

  • Reach 1,000 subscribers on this blog (September, 2015)
    • 2,000 subscribers (July 26, 2016)
    • 5,000 subscribers
    • 10,000 subscribers
  • Earn passive income through this blog (Made my first dollar on January 16, 2014)
    • Earn $100/month (March, 2014)
    • Earn $200/month (April, 2016)
    • Earn $500/month for at least 3 months in a row
  • Write an eBook (February, 2015 – Grab your free copy here!)
  • Graduate from USC with a 3.5 GPA (May, 2015 – well, 3.4, but close enough)
  • Become an IT consultant (August, 2014 – Received and accepted a full-time offer to start in August, 2015)
  • Pay off my student loans within 5 years after graduating (5/2020)
  • Become financially location independent
  • Donate at least 10% of my income to charity
  • Give a TEDx talk
  • Write a NYT Best Seller
  • Invest in stocks
  • Become an angel investor

Last Updated: 6/8/16

A Word Of Warning

While I love the idea of an Impossible List, at a certain point I found that I had a hard time focusing on my priorities. Everything on my Impossible List was something that I cared about, or I wouldn’t have put it on there in the first place. But that was the issue — I wanted to do it ALL.

Unfortunately, it’s just not possible. You can do anything, but you can’t do everything (at least, not all at once).

After struggling with this problem for quite some time, I finally came across a goal setting system (the same system that Warren Buffet uses) that completely changed the way I prioritize my life. I wrote about how this system works here: Warren Buffet’s “2 List” Time Management Strategy

So, while I’ll continue to update my Impossible List from time to time, everything on my Impossible List that’s not on my top 5 is essentially a part of my Avoid-At-All Cost List (you’ll know what I’m talking about once you read that article). So while I encourage you to create your own Impossible List, please make sure to read this article, too!

  • Garrett von der Luft

    Seeing that you wanted to go Slacklining was a real surprise! Not too many people know what that is. I’ve been doing it for 2 years and people are always coming up to me asking me what I am doing. Great for your core as well!

    • I love core exercises and it looks super fun! I use to be really into longboarding so the first time I heard of slacklining was in this video by Adam Colton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGox_TifVY0.

      I was also a part of the outdoors club at my school for a few semesters and occasionally they would slackline, but I was never able to make it on the days they did it! Hoping I’ll get another opportunity to try it out, it not I might just have to make the investment and buy one myself.

  • Marcelo

    Hey! I stumbled upon today on this blog, loved the reading and the list!! If you ever come to Argentina, contact me!!

    Saludos from Argentina!!

    • Thanks, Marcelo! What part of Argentina are you from? I have a friend who lives in Córdoba.

      • Marcelo

        Hahahah I live in Córdoba too!!

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    • Stefano Ganddini

      Thanks, Ron! Greatly appreciate the kind words