Everyone has a list of goals, but many of us tend to consider what is “realistic” or “safe”, not realising that often easy goals take just as much effort as difficult ones.
If I wound my life back 15 years, I could have never dreamed of the life that I have today. It would have seemed impossible.
Joel Runyon coined the concept of having an “impossible list”. This isn’t a bucket list full of things that don’t really matter and with many of them never to get done. This is an evolving, growing list of things I genuinely want to make happen.
That said, in the past I’ve made the mistake of trying to do too many things at once, so things on this list may not happen soon.
Similarly, it is not a short focus list. I use my now page for that.
More importantly for me, this is an opportunity to look back on the amazing things that I have done, and that I tend to forget easily. When I aim to level up after each goal I often feel as though I’ve never achieved anything.
This list is also “minimalist trophy” for me to be able to remind myself I’ve led a rich life, and that I should tell a story for each of these moments.
Climb on a glacier Go snorkelling in the Caribbean in the South China Sea (Perhentian Islands)
- Cycle tour, self assisted for a:
- Drive around the world
- Go on a Europe road trip
Hike the Heaphy Track in NZ Hike the Kepler Track in NZ Hike the Routeburn Track in NZ Hike the Milford Track in NZ
- Hike the GRP around Andorra
Ride to the top of Whistler mountain, camp there for the night, don’t get any sleep because I packed the wrong camping gear, get up at 5am, watch the sun rise and ride a trail that was not open to the public yet Party at the Horstman Hut after the Blackcomb mountain lifts are shut until early in the morning then snowboard out to the village under the full moon Visit the Porsche Museum
Business & Career
Get the job everyone told me I couldn’t get without a degree 4 years earlier and with $20k less student debt than everyone who told me it wouldn’t happen Make a location independent living from a laptop and an internet connection (through SEO consulting) Earn $1k per month from a rank and rent website Start a mountain biking business A small one
- Do it properly next time
Sell a website Build a marketing agency and make a healthy 6 figures Then kill it because it’s a terrible business model Build a boutique asset management company that invests in digital assets Build a productized SEO service: with $5k monthly revenue with $10k monthly revenue with $25k monthly revenue
- with $50k monthly revenue
- that no longer requires my time outside of vision and marketing
- Grow this blog to 50k organic users per month
- Become a dual citizen
Learn to travel for more than a month with carry on only Live in Andorra
- Live in South East Asia
Live in Whistler, BC
Fitness & Sport
- Bench my bodyweight (~75kg) for 4×5
- Deadlift 125kg for 4×5
- Squat 100kg for 4×5
Came damn close on those lifts last Winter before coronavirus closed the gym!
- Learn how to roll out of handstands gracefully
- Learn how to ski well
Get lean enough to have a visible six pack Learn how to snowboard well Learn how to headstand Do a backflip on a bike into a foam pit Go mountain biking in Whistler, BC send the largest drop in the Joyride Jump Park Go mountain biking in Queenstown, NZ Run the Skyrace Arinsal (15km, 1415m +/-)
- Build an investment portfolio to cover:
- Build a “digital asset” portfolio that:
covers our discretionary expenses
- covers our dream expenses
- Rebuild or restomod a car
- Race that car
I don’t need to be perfectly fluent in any of these, but I do want a solid conversational proficiency in them.