Impossible List

<This page is currently under construction>

My idea for my impossible list comes from Thomas Frank at https://collegeinfogeek.com/ where he said “I think I’ve had a plain old bucket list in the form of a Facebook Note ever since I was in high school. However, I never got around to anything on the 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 CIG as an ever-present reminder to all who would take heed of it:

Think about what your true life goals are, and constantly evaluate your progress towards them. In other words, be mindful of your path.

I couldn’t have said it better, so here are my goals:

Current Focuses:

Right now my main focus is preparing for my Contiki trip and self-improvement, since second year is over and I have a bit of free time.

  • Get vac work for January and/or June 2019
  • Buy no new non-essential clothes in 2018
  • Start short course on investing from Investopedia 
  • Go on Contiki holiday and make an aesthetic vlog of it!
    • Pay parents loan back for trip
  • Write two articles before the end of my December/January holidays
    • Data Structures and Algorithms – MWST Assignment
    • Microprocessors project
  • Finish 4 books before the end of my December/January holidays
    • House of God – Samuel Shem
    • The Quantum Universe – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
    • Mars One – Norbert Kraft et al.
    • The Art of the Start 2.0 – Guy Kawasaki

The rest of my current priorities are declared at this page: What I’m Doing Now (new page coming soon).

Last 5 Completed Goals

  • Completed second year Electrical Engineering (Digital Arts)! (23 November 2018)
  • Compete at the Pirates Running club every Tuesday for 2 months(6 May 2018)
    • Break 30 minutes for the 5K Time Trial(7 May 2018)
  • Buy an arduino – make one project from Instructables
  • Finish my self-portrait painting
  • Save R2000 a month for 10 months for a Europe trip (Contiki) in December 2018 (November 2018)

Fitness/Health Goals

  • Run a parkrun 5K (9 September 2017)
    • Run a 10k (21 April 2018)
    • Run a half-marathon
    • Run The Comrades Marathon
  • Participate in a cycling race
    • Participate in the 94.7 Cycle Race
  • Do 20 dips in a single set
  • Do a plank for 2 minutes
  • Do 100 push-ups in a single set
  • Do a muscle-up
  • Do 10 pull-ups in a single set
  • Do a workout (new post coming soon) at least 4 times a week for a year – only miss 5 weeks
  • Bring enough water, food to WITS so I don’t have to waste money buying unhealthy food
  • Complete a Warrior Dash

Professional Goals

  • Land an internship at an engineering/software company
    • Get a job at a engineering/software company
  • Get to work in the UK/US
  • Start a business
  • Discover/create new maths/technology
  • Give a TEDx talk
  • Save enough money to travel to a new country every year
  • Save enough money to retire comfortably (I still need to find out what that means exactly)

Hobby Goals

YouTube:

  • Gain 100 subscribers
  • Get 10 000 minutes viewed (21 March 2018)
    • Get 25000 minutes viewed (Mid 2018)
    • Get 50000 minutes viewed (Late 2018)
    • Get 100 000 minutes viewed
  • Get 10 000 total views (21 March 2018)
    • Get 25 000 total views (Late 2018)
    • Get 50 000 total views
  • Release 10 videos, with regular uploads

Website:

  • Get 100 blog visits, all time

Habit Goals

  • Read 25 pages a day 3 months in a row (every morning and evening) – Skill: Intelligence
  • Write a journal entry every week for a year –Skill: Writing
  • Wrote a blog entry every month for a year –Skill: Writing
  • Film, edit and publish a Youtube video every month for a year – Skill: Filmmaking
  • Meditate for at least 3 minutes 100 days in a row – Skill: Mental Focus
  • Do a light morning workout/stretch 100 days in a row – Skill: Fitness
  • No social media for 100 days in a row – Skill: Mental Focus
  • Don’t hit snooze for 100 days in a row – Skill: Mental Focus
  • Write 250 words a day for 26 weeks – Skill: Writing

Creative Goals

Skill Goals

  • Become fluent in French
    • Attend Adult Basic Course at Alliance Francaise
    • Gain 100% fluency on Duolingo app
  • Learn to play the piano
  • Complete Cave of Programming C++
  • Complete Cave of Programming Java
  • Complete Hackerrank 30 Days of Code (4 February 2018)
  • Complete Hackerrank 10 Days of Statistics (4 February 2018)
  • Buy an arduino and build a cool project (stay tuned for blog post)
  • Learn how money, investements, stocks etc. work

Knowledge Goals

  • Complete Crash Course Philosophy (27 January 2018)
  • Complete Crash Course Psychology (12 June 2018)
  • Complete Crash Course Computer Science
  • Complete Crash Course  Sociology
  • Complete Crash Course Film

Fun and/or “Insane” Goals

  • Bike across France
  • Mountains
    • Cable car up Nordkette Mountain in Austria (December 2018)
    • Climb Mount Kilamanjaro in Tanzania
  • Own a Mercedes G-Class
  • Find the beach from the book ‘The Beach’ by Alex Garland

Events to Attend

  • Tour de France
  • E3
  • Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
  • An NBA game in the USA
  • A EPL game in England

Travel Goals

  • Visit Mozambique (December 2017)
  • Visit Cape Town (December 2016)
  • Visit England (May 2008, December 2018)
  • Visit Ireland
  • Visit Wales
    • Visit Abersoch
  • Visit Scotland
  • Visit France (December 2018)
  • Visit Switzerland (December 2018)
  • Visit Germany (December 2018)
  • Visit The Netherlands (December 2018)
  • Visit Austria (December 2018)
  • Visit Italy (December 2018)
  • Visit Belgium (December 2018)
  • Visit the USA
    • Visit New york
    • Visit Los Angeles
    • Visit Texas
    • Visit Minnesota
  • Visit China
  • Visit Japan
  • Visit Thailand
  • Visit Vietnam
  • Visit New Zealand

Life Goals

  • Get a university degree with a 75% average in my final year
  • Help humanity through innovative science
  • Become a T-shaped person
    • work very hard on a select few things
    • Learn as much as I can – about everything
  • Lead an exciting, yet stable and habit-based lifestyle
  • Record it all happening – my journal, this website, my YouTube channel