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 – I googled highest-paying degree, this came up, and became my dream at 16, 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 – didn’t happen, I didn’t give it my all, I let myself down
  • Become a university teacher – LSE gave me a teaching job despite no Masters, September 2017
    • Get the highest student survey results – again, something I worked very hard at, but definitely paid off, 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 fluency in French
  • 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
  • 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

Business:

  • Grow Up Learn to 1,000,000 students
  • Grow Up learn to a £1bn+ valuation
  • 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
  • Ride a camel – August 2018
  • Hike a mountain
  • Eat at every Michelin star restaurant in the world
  • Go scuba diving in the Gili islands
  • 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
  • Travel S. America with a Spanish/Latina girlfriend
  • Make sushi in Japan
  • Learn origami in Japan
  • 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 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
  • Beat Trap Adventure 2
    • Beat Trap Adventure 2 on one-life mode
  • Start a blog – August 2016
  • Start a vlog
  • 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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