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Impossible List

I learned what an impossible list is soon after finishing my junior year of high school. I knew having a place to list and cross off life goals would be powerful, so I created one of my own.

The world’s first impossible list was created by the mastermind behind the concept, Joel Runyon, but the first one I came across was Thomas Frank’s. Like theirs, mine consists of all things I want to accomplish in all corners of my life.

Things are crossed off as I make them happen and new items are regularly added. Sub-goals wait patiently under their main counterparts throughout this page as added challenges once I’ve completed the prerequisite goal(s).

Nothing is too audacious to be included here.

Contents

Recently Completed Items
Activities
Events
Habits
Health
Life
Professional
Skills
Travel

Recently Completed Items

  • Events: Indianapolis 500 [May 27, 2018]
  • Professional: Obtain media credential at 10 racetracks [Sonoma Raceway; Sept. 14–17, 2018]
  • Travel: Apple Park [Sept. 17, 2018]

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Activities

  • Travel by airplane
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Skydive
  • Drag my knee cornering a motorcycle
    • Elbow
  • Backflip a motorcycle
  • Spend a weekend camping with minimal technology
    • Week
  • Play drums with Dave Lombardo
  • Appear on TV (I’ve been in the background a few times…)
  • Wait in line for new iPhone on release day
    • In New York City
  • Finish a 24-hour race on a video game [Le Mans on Gran Turismo 4, 2011]
    • On Project CARS
  • Write a book
    • Reach New York Times Best Seller list
  • Give a TED talk [TEDx Oxford High School, March 4, 2017]
  • Be in a talent show [Drums to Holy Wars by Megadeth, Nov. 28, 2016]
  • Tip $100 at a restaurant
  • Enjoy a fun day with a homeless person
  • Do the CN Tower EdgeWalk
  • Go on a weeklong cruise [February 2011]
    • Two-week
  • Go parasailing [February 2011]
  • See the northern lights

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Events

  • Indianapolis 500 [May 27, 2018]
  • Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach [April 7–9, 2017]
  • Rolex 24 at Daytona
  • Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
  • Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen
  • Motul Petit Le Mans
  • 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • Spa 24 Hours
  • Bathurst 12 Hour
  • Monaco Grand Prix
  • Daytona Supercross
  • Las Vegas Supercross
  • World Series
  • Super Bowl
  • NBA Finals
  • Stanley Cup Finals
  • Kentucky Derby
  • New Year’s Eve in Times Square
  • NASA launch at Cape Canaveral
  • Presidential inauguration
  • Carnaval in Brazil
  • Coachella
  • Olympic Games

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Habits

  • Wake up by 6 a.m. daily for a week
  • Take a cold shower daily for a week [Sept. 11–17, 2016]
    • A month [Feb. 28 to March 29, 2017]
    • Three months [Feb. 28 to May 28, 2017]
    • Six months [Feb. 28 to Aug. 26, 2017]
    • Nine months (Best so far: 223/270 days)
  • Read 25 pages daily for a week [Averaged 57.71 pages/day June 23–29, 2017]
    • A month
  • Journal nightly for a week
  • Plan next day nightly for a week

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Health

  • Drink 88 oz of water daily for a week
  • Meditate daily for a week
  • Sleep by 10 p.m. nightly for a week
  • 50 push-ups
  • 50 sit-ups
  • 15 pull-ups
  • One muscle-up
  • Bench 1.5 times my body weight
  • Dead-lift two times my body weight
  • Run a 5K [On the treadmill 😆 , Thanksgiving 2017]
    • In under 30 minutes
  • Run a 10K
  • Run a half-marathon
  • Run a marathon

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Life

  • Live 18 years [March 16, 2017]
    • 20 years (143 days away as of Oct. 24, 2018)
  • Get a job [Pizza store, August 2016]
  • Obtain driver’s license [Sept. 10, 2017]
  • Buy a car [2014 Chevrolet Cruze on Sept. 6, 2017]
  • Buy a place of my own
  • Get married
  • Have a kid

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Professional

  • Blog at least once weekly for a month
  • Obtain media credential for a race [Events]
    • At three racetracks
    • Five
    • 10 [Sonoma Raceway; Sept. 14–17, 2018]
    • 15 (So far: 10)
  • Obtain photographer’s vest for a race [2018 Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio]
    • Publish an article with an action shot I took
    • Make money taking pictures of race cars
  • Be on a podcast [The Side Podcast, Push to Pass, The Braking Point]
    • Be a guest on a podcast other than my own
  • Break a story by myself
  • Handle PR for a racing driver, team or series
  • Generate $2,500 in a month
  • Generate $50,000 in a year

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Skills

  • Photography
  • Dance
  • Snowboard [Winter 2012]
    • Black diamond [Winter 2014]
      • Double black diamond
    • Do a 180°
  • Ski
  • Drive a stick-shift car [Sept. 1, 2017]
  • Coding
    • Create a mobile app

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Travel

  • Leave Michigan
    • Step foot in every U.S. state
  • Leave the United States [Bahamas and Canada]
    • For three days
  • Step foot on all seven continents (So far: 1/7)
  • Niagara Falls [July 2013]
  • Disney World [August 2015]
  • Disneyland
  • Hollywood [April 10, 2017]
  • Apple Park [Sept. 17, 2018]
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Daytona International Speedway
  • Circuit de la Sarthe
  • Mall of America
  • Swim in every ocean
  • Spend an entire year traveling

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