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
  • 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 Red Bubble
  • 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 Brazil (April 2020)
  • Visit Hong Kong
  • Visit Singapore
  • Visit Thailand
  • Visit Peru
  • 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 June 2020)

If you found these 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.