Goals

I had a plain old bucket list in the form of a note. However, I never got around to anything yet on my list – all those things were events I figured would happen in the future – meaning some undefined time that didn’t implore me to take action now.

To fix that, I’ve created my impossible list. I got the idea from Joel Runyon, who created the world’s first impossible list and defined the difference between it and a regular ‘ole bucket list. Put simply, the impossible list is an ever-evolving list of experiences that build upon each other, help others as well as yourself, and implore you to take action. This is mine, which is, of course, ever-evolving.

This page is very personal, but I keep it here on my website as a reminder to all who would take heed of it: Think your true life goals are and constantly evaluate your progress towards them. In other words, be mindful of your path.

Current Focuses:

Right now my main focus is to practice my Spanish language skills, and be hired as a bilingual agent.

The rest of my current priorities are declared at this page: What I’m Doing Now

Last 5 Completed Goals:

  • Learn how to lead climb
  • Launch a product that creates over $15,000 in revenue within one month (January 2019)
  • Create an online course
  • Climb a 15-foot rope using hands only
  • Complete a Tough Mudder

Fitness/Health Goals:

  • Run a 5K and do it in less than 25 minutes
  • Run a 10K
  • Run a mile in less than 6 minutes
  • Complete a Warrior Dash
  • Complete a Tough Mudder
  • Complete a Spartan Race
  • Complete a GORUCK Challenge
  • Learn Parkour
  • Do 10 trampoline backflips with no rest bounces
  • Learn standing backflips
  • Learn wall flips
  • Cycle 100 miles in a day
  • Cycle at least 10 miles at an average speed of 20mph or more
  • Cycle at least 30 miles at an average speed of 20mph or more
  • Participate in a cycling race
  • Climb a 15-foot rope using hands only
  • Climb a 25-foot rope for 2 reps, hands-only, seated start
  • Walk 40 feet on a slackline
  • Achieve a powerlifting total (squat/bench/deadlift) of 1,000 lbs.
  • Bench 250
  • Bench 305
  • Squat 250
  • Deadlift 300
  • Deadlift 350
  • Military Press 170
  • Do a triathalon (Sprint Distance)
  • Now do a real, organized one
  • Do an Olympic Distance triathlon
  • Do 100 push-ups in a single set
  • Do 15 pull-ups in a single set
  • Do 20 pull-ups in a single set
  • Do 15 chin-ups in a single set
  • Do 20 chin-ups in a single set
  • Do a muscle-up
  • Do a set of 5 muscle-ups
  • Do a strict muscle-up (no kipping or swinging)
  • Do a one-arm pull-up
  • Do a front lever
  • Do an Iron Cross (extremely advanced gymnastics move)
  • Completely clear up my complexion (for me, this basically means drink more than a gallon of water a day and eat no sugar)

Professional Goals:

  • Get 100,000 blog visits, all time
  • Get 1,000,000 blog visits, all time
  • Get 75,000 blog visits in a month
  • Get 150,000 blog visits in a month
  • Get 500,000 blog visits in a month
  • Write 25,000 words in a month
  • Start a podcast
  • Get 10,000 listens in a month
  • Get 50 reviews on iTunes
  • Self-publish a book (>10,000 words)
  • Create print and audiobook editions of the book
  • Write a traditionally published book
  • Get on the New York Times Best Sellers list
  • Launch a regular YouTube show and release 10 videos
  • Release 50 videos
  • Gain 250 YouTube subscribers
  • Gain 500 subscribers
  • Gain 1,000 subscribers
  • Gain 2,500 subscribers
  • Gain 5,000 subscribers
  • Gain 10,000 subscribers
  • Gain 50,000 subscribers
  • Gain 100,000 subscribers and earn the silver Play Button
  • Gain 1 million subscribers and earn the gold Play Button
  • Gain 5 million subscribers
  • Walk into a bookstore and take a picture of a book I wrote that’s for sale there
  • Create an online course
  • Grow my Instagram account to 100,000 followers
  • Launch a product that creates over $15,000 in revenue within one month
  • Launch a product that creates over $100,000 in revenue within one month
  • Speak at a university for more than 500 students
  • Give an Ignite Talk
  • Give a TEDx Talk
  • Speak at VidCon
  • Host a series on Crash Course
  • Give a talk about video creation to an audience of content creators
  • Make Php50,000 (gross) in a month
  • Make Php100,000 (gross) in a month
  • Make $1,000 from music royalties
  • Pay off all loans by May 2020

Habit Goals:

  • Do a morning workout 100 days in a row – Skill: Fitness
  • Read 25 pages a day for three months in a row – Skill: Intelligence (June 30, 2016) (Progress page)
  • Write 500 words 100 days in a row – Skill: Writing/Body of Work

Creative Goals:

  • Publish a sci-fi/fantasy novella (at least 17,500 words)
  • Record and release a full solo guitar song
  • Release an entire album of instrumental music
  • Record and release an original song with lyrics
  • Play a live show that includes singing
  • Record a song
  • Release a full rap album (can be collaborative)
  • Hand-draw something I’d be proud to sell on RedBubble
  • Learn how to make electronic music
  • Learn how to play the piano and play
  • Learn to draw to the point where I can create art

Skill Goals:

  • Become fluent in Spanish (started June 2018 to present)
  • Remove an engine from a car and completely disassemble it, then reassemble it, put it back, and turn it on
  • Learn archery
  • Learn knife throwing
  • Learn swing dance
  • Learn ballroom dance
  • Learn tango
  • Become a competent skateboarder
  • Tricks to learn or re-learn: Ollie, FS 180, Pop-shuvit, Frontside pop shuvit, Kickflip, Rock-to-fakie, Rock-n-roll, Airing out, Learn to skate switch, Switch ollie, Nollie, 50-50, Axle stall
  • Pass the pre-bronze Moves in the Field test in figure skating (April 23, 2016)
  • Pass the bronze Moves in the Field test
  • Learn to snowboard
  • Pull a 360 off of a kicker
  • Ski a double black diamond run
  • Learn how to hit jumps on a mountain bike
  • Successfully ride Top of the World at Whistler Bike Park
  • Climb a 5.12 rock climbing route at a climbing gym (currently at 5.11)
  • Climb a V5-V7 bouldering problem in the gym (my gym uses ranges)
  • Learn how to lead climb (May 25, 2019)

Fun and / or “Insane” Goals:

  • Skydive
  • Become a certified solo skydiver
  • HALO Jump
  • Bungee jump
  • Wingsuit fly
  • Zero-G flight
  • Go cavern diving
  • Make it through the first round
  • Climb a mountain
  • Climb a mountain with at least 3,000 ft. elevation change from base
  • Climb a mountain with at least 5,000 ft. elevation change from base
  • Climb a mountain that includes at least 500 ft. of Class-5 climbing
  • Cycle up Mt. Evans
  • Bike across America
  • Do the CN Tower Edge Walk
  • Go sailing on the ocean in a wooden ship
  • Be on TV
  • Break a world record
  • Take a Quokka selfie
  • Try out Smarter Every Day’s backwards brain bike
  • Visit Club 33 at Disney Land
  • Do a Grip Gauntlet with Jujimufu

Events to Attend:

  • International Thanksgiving in Brazil
  • SXSW
  • BlogWorld
  • World Domination Summit
  • RAGBRAI
  • Complete the Karas Loop
  • Podcast Movement
  • Camp Nerd Fitness
  • FinCon
  • VidCon
  • Summer in the City
  • ComicCon

Travel Goals:

  • Visit Hong Kong
  • Visit Singapore
  • Visit Thailand
  • Visit Peru
  • Visit Brazil
  • Visit every province in the Philippines

Life Goals:

  • Graduate from college
  • Help 100 people around the world go to college through Kiva loans
  • Raise $100,000 through Pencils of Promise to help build schools in developing countries
  • “Retire” Mr. Money Mustache-style by age 50
  • Move to Australia
  • Leave a $100 tip at a restaurant
  • Be self-sufficient and location-independent
  • Meet Jay Walker and visit his stupendously amazing library
  • Help other other expand their potential and realize their dreams (always in progress)

Read 1,000 Books:

Although this goal is quite broad. But definitely, reading the Bible is already 66 books. It just means reading a lot and constantly be learning. Education is life-long and the best of it is often self-driven. To that end, I want to make sure I go through lots and lots of books! Initially, simply read one book a month. That would come to 12 books a year, which is more than I imagine most people read. The goal of one per month will stand!
  • The Bible by various penmen (66 books)
  • Endless Goodbye by Daniel Jacob Teruel (started October 2019)

If you found thes goals inspiring, I challenge you to create and have your own!

If you’d like to put it online and make it public as I’ve done, you can build a website to get started. Other option, keep it simple and use a text document on your computer, smartphone or a piece of paper.