My Impossible List

I got this idea for an Impossible List from Thomas Frank, who got the idea from Joel Runyon (…so I guess I’m plagiarizing both of them?) Joel defines an Impossible List as a list of:

All the things I ever thought I couldn’t do because it was “impossible.” The sort of things that I assumed the cool guys on TV only ever got to do. The things I never thought that I would be able to do.

I wrote my Impossible List last year but I think sharing it with the internet, like Thomas and Joel have done, will make it more satisfying to complete!

I’ve already done a lot of things I previously thought were impossible so I’ve included these achievements for completeness. It’s also quite interesting to see how my mindset has changed over the last few years: things I previously thought impossible I now see as trivially easy – and therein lies the beauty of self-development.

My Impossible List:

Intellectual:

  • Get 11 A*s at GCSE – August 2011
  • Win the Harvard Prize for highest AS Level results – August 2011
  • Get 4 A*s at A Level – August 2012
  • Get into LSE for Economics – February 2013
  • Get into Cambridge for Economics – January 2013
  • Win the Rishi Madlani Award for the highest mark in Macroeconomics – this was something I really set my mind to and made it happen, very proud of it, June 2015
  • Win the Economics Examiner Prize for the highest mark at LSE – June 2015
  • Win the Premchand Prize for the highest mark in Monetary Economics
  • Become a university teacher – September 2017
    • Get the highest student survey results – March 2018
  • Become a lecturer
  • Get a distinction in MPhil Finance & Economics at Cambridge
  • Complete a Harvard MBA
  • Study MSc Biology at Oxford
  • Study MSc Neuroscience at UCL
  • Study MSc Applied Mathematics at Imperial
  • Study at Princeton
  • Study at Yale
  • Study at MIT
  • Complete a DPhil in Neuroscience at Stanford
  • Study at Peking University, Beijing
  • Earn a 2000+ Elo score (master level)
  • Publish a research paper
  • Author a book
  • Reach fluency in Spanish
    • Reach native fluency in Spanish
    • Pass the C2 Spanish DELE exam
  • Reach fluency in French
  • Reach conversational fluency in Mandarin
  • Reach conversational fluency in Portuguese
  • Reach conversational fluency in Italian
  • Reach conversational fluency in Japanese
  • Reach conversational fluency in German
  • Learn basic Russian
  • Learn basic Greek
  • Learn to read Sanskrit
  • Learn to fly a plane
  • Learn machine learning
  • Hit grade 8 in piano
  • Solve a Rubik’s cube in <60 seconds – January 2014
    • Solve in <30 seconds – February 2014
    • Solve in <10 seconds

Physical:

  • Get a six pack – you can see how I did it here, October 2017
  • Do a pushup – seriously, couldn’t do one till I was 18, October 2013
    • Do 50 consecutive pushups – October 2017
    • Do 100 consecutive pushups
    • Do a planche pushup
  • Do a chin-up – they’re so hard! April 2017
    • Do 10 consecutive chin-ups – September 2017
    • Do 20 consecutive chin-ups
  • Bench press 60kg – August 2017
    • Bench press 100kg
  • Hex-bar deadlift 2.5x bodyweight
  • Squat 100kg
  • Do a muscle-up
  • Perform a slam dunk
  • Black belt BJJ
  • Run 5K – April 2017
  • Win one amateur boxing match
  • Fight for the Cambridge Varsity Boxing Team (against Oxford)
  • Learn to breakdance
  • Learn to salsa dance
  • Perform a slam dunk
  • Learn to surf
  • Learn to windsurf
  • Learn to kitesurf – February 2019

Business:

  • Get featured in Forbes – January 2018
  • Speak in front of a live 100+ crowd – April 2012
  • Speak in front of a live 1000+ crowd
  • Appear on BBC News for an interview
  • Work in Silicon Valley
  • Start own summer school
  • Start own school
  • Start own university

Adventure:

  • Go parasailing – December 2017
  • Go jet-skiing – December 2017
  • Ride an elephant
  • Seven wonders of the world:
    • Great Pyramid
    • Hanging Gardens
    • Statue of Zeus
    • Temple of Artemis and Ephesus
    • Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
    • Colossus of Rhodes
    • Lighthouse of Alexandria
  • Try i-o-waska
  • Try shrooms
  • Paragliding – January 2019
  • Dive with whales
  • Dive with sharks – February 2019
  • Go rafting
  • American road trip (man vs. food style)
  • Try shrooms
  • 10 day meditation retreat
  • Ride a camel – August 2018
  • Hike a mountain
  • Teach in Africa
  • Horseback riding
  • Go caving
  • Walk down the Great Wall of China
  • Helicopter ride over New York City
  • Drive a Lamborghini through the Hollywood Hills
  • Fly to the moon
  • Visit a volcano
  • Hike Mt Fuji
  • Hike Mt Kilamanjaro
  • Sail down the Amazon river
  • Go to space
  • Go canyoning
  • Stay at the El Rio hostel
  • Go tubing
  • Scale a cliff face
  • Go rock climbing
  • Kayak between South East Asian islands
  • Eat at every Michelin star restaurant in the world
  • Go scuba diving – January 2019
    • Taganga, Colombia – January 2019
    • Coiba Island – February 2019
    • Tulum, Mexico
    • Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  •  Train Muay Thai in Thailand for one month
  • Train as a boxer in the Philippines for one month
  • Visit my long-lost Welsh relatives (Mitson is apparently Welsh in origin)
  • Visit my Dad’s birthplace, Orissa
  • Burning man
  • Travel S. America with a Spanish/Latina girlfriend
  • Make sushi in Japan
  • Learn origami in Japan
  • Learn to cook French cuisine (well!)
  • Swim in a waterfall
  • Go NYE island-hopping in the Caribbean
  • Bungee jump
  • Hang glide
  • Skydive

Miscellaneous:

  • Get high – June 2016
  • Go to a strip club
  • Produce a beat
  • Build a house
  • Draw/paint a self-portrait
  • Draw/paint a family portrait
  • Restore a classic car
  • Break an existing Guinness world record
  • Set original Guinness world record
  • Build own computer
  • Start a family
  • Don’t get divorced!
  • Publish one comic book
  • Make own chess board
  • Build own house
  • Bribe a police officer
  • Own a tailored suit
  • Build furniture for own house
  • Save one person from committing suicide
  • Perform as a stand-up comic and finish my set
  • Direct a short movie
  • Complete F-Zero – 2007
  • Complete Mario 64
  • Complete original Crash Bandicoot saga
  • Complete original Spyro saga
  • Beat Trap Adventure 2
    • Beat Trap Adventure 2 on one-life mode
  • Start a blog – August 2016
  • Start a vlog/Youtube channel
  • Learn photography
  • Become a lifelike portrait artist
  • Own a fully tailored wardrobe
  • Own a Mercedes SLS AMG
  • Realise there’s no end, there’s just this

That’s it…for now 🙂 But I’ll keep this updated as I complete list items, and think of new items to add.


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