My Impossible List

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.

Here’s a video with more detail on the concept:

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.

Current Focuses:

Right now my main focus is on work projects, since a new semester is coming up.

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

Last 5 Completed Goals

  • Gain 1 million subscribers and earn the gold Play Button (March 2018)
  • Learn to snowboard (March 2018)
  • Climb a mountain with at least 3,000 ft. elevation change from base (August 2017)
  • Host a series on Crash Course (August 2017)
  • Speak at VidCon (June 2017)
  • Climb a 14er (June 2017)

Fitness/Health Goals

  • Run a 5K (March 18, 2011)
    • Do it in less than 25 minutes
  • Run a 10K (March 29, 2011)
  • Run a mile in less than 6 minutes (July 11, 2012)
  • Complete a Warrior Dash (July 14, 2012 – time: 29 minutes)
  • Complete a Tough Mudder
  • Complete a Spartan Race
  • Complete a GORUCK Challenge
  • Learn Parkour (proof)
    • Do 10 trampoline backflips with no rest bounces (currently at 3 or 4 – it gets pretty dizzying and hard to remember)
    • Learn standing backflips
    • Learn wall flips
  • Cycle 100 miles in a day (follow my progress on Strava)
  • Participate in a cycling race
  • Climb a 15-foot rope using hands only
  • Walk 40 feet on a slackline (currently can do about 20)
  • Achieve a powerlifting total (squat/bench/deadlift) of 1,000 lbs. (Current: 750/Best: 920)
  • Bench 250 (225×6 video)
    • Bench 305
  • Squat 250
  • Deadlift 300
  • Military Press 170
  • Do a triathalon (Sprint Distance – workout log)
    • 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 (November 11, 2014)
    • Do 20 pull-ups in a single set
  • Do 15 chin-ups in a single set (April 30, 2014)
    • Do 20 chin-ups in a single set
  • Do a muscle-up
  • 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(October 30, 2011)
    • Get 1,000,000 blog visits, all time (July 29, 2013)
    • Get 75,000 blog visits in a month (August 26, 2014)
    • Get 150,000 blog visits in a month (January 15, 2015)
    • Get 500,000 blog visits in a month
  • Grow the CIG newsletter to 5,000 subscribers (January 10, 2015)
    • Grow to 10,000 subscribers (February 21, 2015)
    • Grow to 250,000 subscribers
  • Write 25,000 words in a month
  • Start a podcast (January 31, 2013)
    • Get 10,000 listens in a month (January 2015)
    • Get 50 reviews on iTunes (August 26, 2015)
  • Self-publish a book (>10,000 words) (January 5, 2015)
    • Create print and audiobook editions of the book
  • Launch a regular YouTube show and release 10 videos
    • Release 50 videos (December 3, 2015)
  • Gain 250 YouTube subscribers (October 20, 2014)
    • Gain 500 subscribers (November 11, 2014)
    • Gain 1,000 subscribers (November 11, 2014)
    • Gain 2,500 subscribers (December 15, 2014)
    • Gain 5,000 subscribers (January 31, 2015)
    • Gain 10,000 subscribers (March 1, 2015)
    • Gain 50,000 subscribers (August 10, 2015)
    • Gain 100,000 subscribers and earn the silver Play Button (October 20, 2015)
    • Gain 1 million subscribers and earn the gold Play Button (March 24,  2018)
  • Do a collab video with another dedicated YouTuber (December 11, 2015)
  • Form an LLC and actually be a professional company that does business things and whatnot (December 18, 2015)
  • Walk into a bookstore and take a picture of a book I wrote that’s for sale there (August 17, 2016)
  • Create an online course
  • Launch a product that creates over $15,000 in revenue within one month
  • Speak at a university for more than 500 students
  • Give an Ignite Talk (April 19, 2012 – watch the video) (and another!)
  • Give a TEDx Talk
  • Speak at VidCon (June 22, 2017)
  • Host a series on Crash Course (August 1, 2017)
  • Give a talk about video creation to an audience of content creators (September 19, 2015)
  • Make $10,000 (gross) in a month (June 2015)
    • Make $25,000 (gross) in a month (June 2017)
  • Pay off all $14,431.72 of my student loans by May 2013 (when I graduate) (March 13, 2013)


Habit Goals

  • Do a morning workout 100 days in a row – Skill: Fitness
  • Meditate for at least 3 minutes 100 days in a row – Skill: Mental Focus
  • 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 a full solo guitar song
  • Start a band and play a live show
  • Record a rap song (November 26, 2012 – it’s real dumb)
    • Release a full rap album (can be collaborative)
  • Design a WordPress theme from scratch (March 2014 – you’re looking at it!)
  • 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 Love-Colored Master Spark)
  • Learn to draw to the point where I can create art like this

Skill Goals

  • Become fluent in Japanese
    • November 13, 2013 update: All hiragana, all katakana, 130 kanji, 245 vocab terms. Sentence structure skill lacking a bit.
  • Become fluent in Spanish
  • Obtain 30 badges on Codecademy
  • Obtain 30 badges on Khan Academy
  • 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
  • Become a competent skater
    • 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 (March 23, 2018)
  • Ski a double black diamond run (March 11, 2016)

Fun and/or “Insane” Goals

Events to Attend

  • SXSW (March 2012)
  • BlogWorld (June 2012)
  • World Domination Summit (July 2014)
  • RAGBRAI (July 2013)
    • Complete the Karas Loop
  • Podcast Movement (August 2014)
  • Camp Nerd Fitness (September 2014)
  • FinCon (September 17, 2015)
  • VidCon (July 23, 2015)
  • Summer in the City
  • ComicCon
  • Chinese New Year celebration

Video Game Goals

  • Beat all levels in TowerFall: Ascension on Hardcore
  • 100% Super Meat Boy
  • Complete all single 10-footers in DDR Extreme (Done: Sakura, Bag, Max 300, Maxx Unlimited, Legend of Max, Paranoia Survivor)
  • Complete all double 9/10-footers in DDR Extreme, no bar (Progress)

Travel Goals

  • Visit Japan (May 2012)
    • twice (May 2013)
    • Visit with Anna (May 2015)
  • Visit Rome
  • Visit Ireland
  • Visit England
  • Visit Singapore
  • Visit China
  • Visit Spain
  • Visit Italy
  • Visit Turkey
  • Visit 5 countries other than the U.S. for more than a week each
  • Visit every state in the U.S.

Where I’ve been so far (finally, pins in another country!):

Life Goals

  • Graduate from college
    • Final GPA: 3.46 – close enough
  • Help 100 people around the world go to college through Kiva loans (16 out of 100) – Want to help? Join the CIG team!
  • “Retire” Mr. Money Mustache-style by age 40 (save $900k in 2014 dollars, live off of less than 4% – $36,000/yr – from interest)
  • Maintain a loving, inspiring, happy relationship with my amazing girlfriend Anna (4 years and counting)
  • Move to Denver, CO (March 27, 2017)
  • Leave a $100 tip at a restaurant
  • Be self-sufficient and location-independent
    • June 2013: I’m now graduated from college. Running CIG is my full-time job (which I can do from anywhere there’s internet). I’m writing this from a hostel in Tokyo. Criteria all met!
  • Meet Jay Walker and visit his stupendously amazing library
  • Help other students kick ass in college and realize their dreams (always in progress)

Read 1000 Books

This goal is quite broad. Really, it just means read a lot and constantly be learning. I believe 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, one of my 2013 resolutions was to simply read one book a month. That would come to 12 books a year, which is more than I imagine most people read. However, I’ve decided to try and outdo myself, and am currently trying to read one a week (at least).

Still, the goal of one per month will stand, though I think I’ll have to up that significantly if I’m to reach 1000 before I die. Since I want to list every book I read, I’ve moved this goal over to the My Reading Adventures page. You can also check out the list of books I recommend for all students.

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” – Robert Heinlein

If you found this list inspiring, I’d challenge you to create your own!

If you’d like to put it online and make it public as I’ve done, you can check out my guide on how to build a website to get started. Alternatively, you could keep it simple and just use a text document on your computer, or even a piece of paper (but remember to leave space for sub-goals!).

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  1. When I run out of ideas in the middle of an assignment, this is my go-to website! I love these goals of yours! Thinking of starting a blog cause I’m bad with vlogging and have been reading your “starting a blog” post too.

  2. Hi Thomas – You’ve got really great content. This website is almost exactly what I’ve been chewing on starting to blog about myself. This is area of passion for me as I navigated college with scholarships, grants, hard work and ended with absolutely no school debt and two degrees! Definitely makes you eager to share your experience with others so I’m glad to see that you are! Hey, you should consider adding another item to your list… Fund a scholarship for one student. Or five. One is a good place to start but this is something on my list and I think it’s so important to give back to others. Keep up the great work!!

  3. You are amazing Thomas. You are always striving to make something better out of yourself and that inspires me and many people out there in the wilderness(internet) to follow your example…thank you for creating this site and helping us get by! 🙂 Seeing your website, I get excited for university and I am not even done with high school yet!

    • Your Impossible list is AMAZING! Honestly, now I want to follow every event you do! The tough Mudder is probably what amazed me the most…It sounds like SOOOOOOOOOOOO much FUUUUUUUUUUN!

  4. That list is insane 😵. And it’s even more amazing getting to know that u have already completed many of them. I also have many things on my mind to do which are almost impossible,but reading your list gives me hope for myself 😀(as it’s less insane than yours).

  5. You’re an inspiration, Thomas. All the very best in completing the impossible list! I’m making one for myself now.

  6. Wowwwwww! I love your will to strive for growth!! Awesome… Very inspiring

  7. Hey Thomas,

    I really love this idea. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I think this is the best way ever of achieving goals, and making sure that we aren’t sleepwalking through life. I hope you can achieve all of your goals. Again, thank you so much man.

    Keep it up and keep being awesome!

  8. I’m in the process of gearing up for my third career in life. You’ve given me new hope! Thanks a million!

  9. I just shared your blog with + 10K students in Brazil! Thank you and keep up the positive impact you have on students around the world.

  10. I just recently discovered your work. After my exams, I am looking forward to slowly implementing your advices in my life. I’m going to start reading your book too. I’m looking forward to the work you’ll put up in the future 🙂

  11. Thomas you are such an incredible guy, I have not seen anything like you..I think I am very boring and not living my life in a cool way.
    But now onwards I will try my best to achieve as much as possible…

  12. I’ve been very lazy and procrastinate so much lately. I’m seeking something that could boost up my motivation to study and I watched lots of your videos. The motivation gathered up slowly. Thanks for the inspiration! Keep up the good work!

    p/s: I’ve downloaded your e-book and shared your beneficial book with my niece, who’s studying in college as well. I promoted your website to her too.

    • What’s wrong with the motivation you have right now? Why not just do it instead?

      Once you get a better understanding of what’s holding you back, you can start to improve on the problem. You can do it!

  13. you are really such an inspirational young guy! im just started my online study last month and your videos have been helping so much… still more to be watched.. thanks sooo much!
    your blog also incredible (im not good with words… but i wish i could write like you!)

  14. Thomas, I appreciate what you are doing immensely and I hope you realize how many people you are helping every single day. Thank you so much.

  15. Hi Tom. I enjoy all your videos. I always learn something from them.
    Just found out you are following a Mustachian lifestyle. Have you seen Mr. Money Mustache in Colorado?

  16. Hey Thomas!

    I don’t know if you’re gonna get to read this but thank you so much for sharing your Impossible List.
    I, too, have a looooot of things I want to accomplish and I feel overwhelmed just by thinking about them. The usual advice I hear is to specialize on only one specific thing and forget about all the other things but this list just gave me hope in reaching other goals not directly related to a specific career path.

  17. I have been following your youtube videos for about an year and trust me they are really good. Whenever I feel low in my life, I just click any one of your videos to get back on track. Thanks man 🙂

  18. Could you include, ‘speak at the University of Southampton’ on your list, please? And have it done by June 2018? :’)))

  19. A motivational list for me. No word to describe this. You are a super guy. Really lucky to know about your contributions while I am studying in my college in my 2nd semester.

  20. Better then best! Feeling inspired and no better time to live then right this second!

  21. I love and admire your work, you’ve helped a lot!
    You’ve built a great environment for students and that’s appreciated

  22. Thank you for sharing your personal goals! I aspire to do create my own list after reading yours!

  23. Mr. Frank,
    I will say this simply:

    You are an inspiration to me and I hope you continue doing what you’re doing.

  24. i thinkt hat posting your goals online is very motiavting for you and us!! i think i ‘ll start doing the same!

  25. Try visiting the Philippines and observe how we Filipinos study here. We’re not that awesome but we have a great deal of diligence. Also, you may do some island hopping, site seeing, and check out our traditions- we’re a country rich in festivals and people here are so hospitable and friendly. It won’t cost you too much coz the Philippines is listed as a third world country upto now… no worries we’re developing. One dollar of yours is like 50 pesos right now. So, hope you consider this. 🙂

  26. Wonderful … you are amazing and really giving me a helping hand. Try to visit Egypt it is good and put visiting Pyramids in your list, you will like it.

  27. It’s amazing 😀 it seems almost written by me! I have to do one too (and make it happen) 😀

    • Also try visiting the Philippines! They say “It’s more fun in the Philippines!”

  28. hey. your list inspires me so much to create my own one. keep chasing your goals. greets from Kazakhstan

    • Hey, I am from KAZAKHSTAN too. Thank you Thomas for your tips!

  29. I’m just wondering who is Thomas Frank and how old is he.Because when i put his name on google it appears there that he is 52 but in his videos he is young.

  30. OMG i’m impressed by the lenght of that list…. wow i wonder how you manage to organize yourself in order to do all those things. i mean having a youtube channel and holding a website are already time consuming, and i can’t imagine having all those along with school that defenatley sucks up all my time.

  31. Love your enthusiasm. Those are some extraordinarily detailed and taxing goals.

    Your video and blog on the Feynman Technique were first class. So nice the hear (and read) something instructive in wonderfully clear and plain English. You have reinvigorated my desire to learn!

  32. Hey, Thomas!!

    I thank you for everything I’ve learned with your videos!!

    I have many plans (personals, professionals, socials, spirituals, families) for my Life.. but sometimes I procrastinate. Your videos are helping me to overcome this!

    Thanks a lot, my friend!!

    By the way, I live in a small city souther Brazil…

    Thanks for everything


  33. Oh boy great idea!
    I am now working on my own one.
    Great thing anyone can do from home: create a (Youtube) playlist with (old) songs that really get you. You know the songs that you would dance to even though you dont like dancing or that make you very calm/emotional/… For me that really means taking oldies like “space oddity” and not the new stuff I normaly love listening to (Alan Walker, EDEN, Sincerely Stephen, …). (if someone likes a bit of inspiration: )
    Best of luck everyone!

  34. Hey Thomas,

    Keep doing what you do. You’ve inspired me to create my own online list (which I’m currently doing and came here for some ideas). Also, I’ve graduated from college and still really enjoy watching your videos, because I too am scared to stop growing. Thanks for getting me excited for the next part of my journey. Good luck and keep kicking a**, lol. Peace


  35. Hey Thomas, I didn’t got that point where you said you want to draw until you will be able to make drawings like Mochi ??

  36. why not visit sri lanka sometime?
    we have no seasons except sunny and rainy

  37. Hey Thomas!
    Congratulations on yet another strike off the list! So happy you are not only a host at CrashCourse, but the entire course of Study Skills is by YOU ! Looking forward for more videos, podcasts and blogs from you. You have really helped me throughout.

    Your buddy from India,
    Om R. Shedbale

  38. Interesting read sand videos. Im struggling to find info about is middle ages returning to school, im nite Dee shed in joining the team if we can ori dice something goes this genre.

  39. Love your website! Absolute legend! I’ll buy you a drink if you ever come to Sydney Aus.

  40. This is amazing, I thought I was the only one who made huge lists for individual things!

  41. Thanks for all your work! You are inspiring! For your land goals– Go on a cruise in Europe- I was able to visit many countries in two weeks.

  42. Just a question! Do you count books you listen to through audiobook towards your 1000 books list?

  43. it is kinda weird to read this because you did a youtube video (and a blog) on not announcing goals. either way, i should organize my life’s goals like you do

  44. I like the structure of how you set your goals, I think it’s going to work best for me as well. I’m inspired thanks

  45. After a long time found someone who loves to live life to the fullest. AND happy to know that I’m not the only person who has a head full of crazy dreams…your list got me all smiling. It was a real delight to go through your page…cheers dear!!! 😀

    Love, from India

  46. how do you balance the time between work and the time for your relationship?
    I’m quite struggle on this as it somehow affects my study even though I am naturally I person with high productivity 🙁

  47. Come to INDIA and i think you’ll probably find here alot of things to do, in fact you’ll make a different blog naming – CIG (mark-II “India”)

  48. “Learn to draw to the point where I can create art like this”

    Just wanted to let you know that the link here’s broken

  49. Tom,
    Great post! One note: could you update the links to Joel’s blog at the beginning of the post? It would be helpful to not have to Google his name to get to the site and then find the page:)

    Just thought I’d mention it needed updating!

    • Thanks for letting me know! I didn’t realize he’d changed his domain without creating redirects.

  50. You are a machine bro! Congratulations for all the will power and for doing such an amazing work. You really inspired me and you probably did it to many thousand other people. Keep it going!

  51. If you love China that much I suggest you can consider visiting Vietnam . Its culture is influenced by Chinese , but developed in a Vietnamese way . Another note , it’s a beautiful developing country .

  52. If your ever going the UK I’d be honoured to host one of my life heroes. Plus Il take you round London without you being mugged 😉 And if your gonna do a wingsuit flight, being scraped of the side of a mountain wall is not in anyone’s morning routine. All Best.

  53. Amazing List… Now that you moved to Denver you can mark it off. Your workplace room tour was awesome.

  54. Gosh your impossible list are much-much longer than I expected. lol , hehe
    I wish I could make my dreams goals to reality like yours. Thanks for sharing.

  55. This is really inspiring! Thank you for sharing this list and hope you the best of luck in achieving all your goals. I have a big list, too but I’m not sure that I’m brave enough to make it public!

  56. Hi! I’m a 47 year old woman (but trust me, my insides feel much younger – you’ll find out when you’re this age), and I stumbled across your website. I love your Impossible List! I’ve done a lot in my life and find myself in a middle-age rut at times. You’ve inspired me to make my own list and it’s exciting to think of the possibilities for the next 30 -40 years. Currently, I’m living in China as a teacher. I’ve also been a missionary to many other countries, living what a lot of people would call a dream life. Lately, I’ve felt a need to really change some of my habits and pursue my creative side (I’m an art major) more aggressively, but I’ve been a little insecure about it. Thanks for publishing your list and giving me the courage to make my own come to life!

  57. I have seen All your goals bro it s just amazing and some similare goals, and i give one goal to add to your list welcom to you in morroco you must come here one day 😉

  58. I’m posting a second time just because I like the auto generated art given to each commenter, SUPER COOL!

  59. Besides the inspiring list, I really love that quote at the end! Thank You, Thomas, for all your inspiring and amazing work!

  60. wow this is seriously amazing. I consider myself to be an ambitious person with a lot of interests, and some of your goals are similar to my own, that is lifetime goals. but i was just blown away by all the stuff you’ve already managed to accomplish. cool website, considering that you were a college student who managed to pay off student debt early. i would love to learn your secrets. one thing that i’m doing is that i started my own business in making organic soap. good luck with the rest

  61. Thanks for the never ending inspiration. I’ve found your blog often over the past few years but this has to be my favorite post. The list is awesome and a great way to keep track of goals. I’m about to go make one myself

  62. A brilliant guy with a positive and motivating mindset…my friend, you are the one among others on this planet who can drive the young generation in the right direction and make their dreams come true…keep it up…God bless you. We do require people like you in our country: India

  63. You are amazing! I love how you have all of these goals, your YouTube channel, and everything else about you. This website is amazing! Keep it up!

  64. You should also visit India sometimes. Its a beautiful country. Very rich in heritage , culture and all.

  65. I just love this and your incredible enthusiasm. Thank you for living and sharing 🙂

  66. Thomas! this website is amazing!
    So much helpful information!
    Thanks alot!

    In my life, i’m always searching purpose to develop, innovate, and implement my skills, knowledge and talent to the world.
    Thanks alot and now I have a framework of my improvement.

  68. hi i read in class 8 i stay in Bangladesh i wanna ask something i cant create a blog as my parennts wont allow so i really wanna create da impossible list how u did so can tell how can create it ?

  69. Wow, this is really inspiring Thomas. Thank you for being a great example of someone who’s constantly growing!

  70. Wow.. dude niceee I really appreciate it… Some r real funny but natural and true.. really love it.. I like ur crazy list… 😉😉

  71. Hey, I came across your video about SRS on youtube and it was pretty interesting. I had known about Anki for a while but still it’s good to see ppl out there utilizing it for greater benefit. Your Impossible list caught my eye and I’m real glad I clicked on it. This stuff is super cool man. I have a similar list and this gives me hope that I’ll also start getting things done hehe. Great stuff!

  72. The website is really helpful and so are your videos. Do keep making them.

  73. Love the content on your blog and your videos! I’m returning to school as a mature student soon and I’m finding all the info you have compiled so relevant and helpful!!! Thank you!

  74. Hey, this is Vera. I am now a sophomore in high school. As a high school student, I am probably just right above average, meaning I am smart enough to take those AP and honors classes but not smart enough to maintain a solid A. (My grades are around 87 – 93… see…). Well, as the result, I tried to look up tips that will help me improve my grades and study effectively. I am actually quite a researcher. I guess this is probably the only talent I have, haha. I found your website, and it was incredibly helpful. You really opened my eyes with your Impossible List, making me question myself if I am challenging myself every way possible. This website inspires me to write a blog of my own; it makes me realize that there are so many things out there that are waiting for me to do. I want to stand out, and I want to challenge myself so I can reach my fullest potential. Now using the study resources you provided such as Khan Academy and Evernotes, and I think so far they are pretty useful. Hope my grades will go up….

  75. Tom you have really inspired me with this post, since i have been a fan of yours from the starting 2016 (this year changed everything). i want to achieve this goal i don’t know what i am going to study but i will keep my mind on learning, thank you.

  76. Hey man,
    You are living a really productive life, one that’s been an inspiration to me. I am always looking for ways to increase my productivity level and have taken refuge in your videos. Thank you for all you do, and I truly pray that you live to the fullest.
    Thanks once again and keep it up.

  77. Thank you for sharing your impossible list and videos on Youtube. They give me a lot of energy and encouragement, especially, when I lost the life direction and don’t know what to do. Finally, thank you again. I am looking forward to your TEDxTalk in the future. 😀

  78. oh my god, your goals is so detailed, I did make a plan and goals so many times, but i never get it, Now i know why I can’t get it. And I hope you can help me right now. Thank you so much

  79. Wow! Ive been reading your blog lately and watching your videos. It really did help me alot. Awesome goals By the way. This is a must try. Thank you very very much and more powers to you and continue helping others. May God bless you and again thank you! Looking firward for whats new to you.

  80. Hey. Just yesterday i saw your first video on youtube. I’m strugling with college for 2 (meaning 5) years now. I have a part time job and just 1 test to finish and get my bachelor’s degree (should have had it 2 years ago). Between the job and wanting to switch majors (it’s a bit diferent in Zagreb) and all sorts of things i wanted to do, i heaven’t done anything. Allmost anything. I was really excited when scrolling through your youtube chanell and found and watched all these amazing videos. I think i learned a lot. I’ll have to watch some of them againg, but thank you so much. I’m hoping i’ll use some of your tips to get my life back on track. I need to and have to try. I cant thank you enough. Keep up the good work. ???

    • Hi Martina. Getting through college can be a tough road, and the more time passes it seems the harder it may become. Especially if you are changing majors or changing schools. Thomas has a lot of great books on his resource page. Read them all and your life will be better for it. At minimum, I would advise on reading a few of them. So Good They Cannot Ignore You and How To Win At College by Newport would be a couple of good ones. Confessions of a Recruiting Director also good. It seems you may need to take a moment to reflect on the end game for a bit. What is the ultimate goal you are wanting to achieve? Getting a college degree is a valuable platform for a career, and working your way through school shows an amazing work ethic that will serve you well in life. To most people, getting the first professional job is a solid goal coming out of college. Study job openings in today’s marketplace to see what qualifications they are looking for and spend your time completing college and getting those skills so you can land that first job. Take the advice of Thomas in this site. Stay motivated and focus, avoid college debt, get that degree and get your professional career going. You can do it!

      • One last quote I think it appropriate, “We can begin to do the things that we need to do today so that we can become the thing that we want to be tomorrow.”

  81. Wow!!!this is soo great:):)I really like your goals.I used to think that graduating and getting a job is only my goals but seeing your goals list i am amazed and it had completely change the way I think.Thanks Thomas:)As I am an ungraduate student, your ideas will really help me to achieve good grades:)

  82. You’ve inspired me to start my own “impossible list.” Thank you for putting this out there.

  83. Hi Thomas,
    I wanna thank you and tell you that THIS was exactly what I wanted at this stage of my life. this is so inspiring and I wanna make my own impossible list. thank you so much for sharing this idea.
    by the way, I have read some of your blog posts and listened to some of your podcasts. they ARE AMAZING. I am definitely going to be a regular reader and listener of your blog and podcast. and I’m recommending them to all of my friends.
    wish you all the best.

  84. I think your goals and website and all are very inspirational ! Thank you. However, i’m curious about one of your youtube video “Why shouldn’t you tell others about your goals?”. Isn’t this contradictory?

  85. hi thomas,

    my name is jed from the philippines. came across your website because I was looking up on personal websites. then I came across your impossible list. it is really awesome that you were able to have these accomplishments. hats off to you man! keep up the great work! I hope to set up my own website by this year though that has been on my impossible list for 3 years. save your website on my bookmarks, will definitely drop by every now and then to learn something new.

  86. i thought you said your only suppose to have 5 main goals and the rest are distractions

    • That’s the Warren Buffett story, and I do believe you need to only have a few to focus on at a time (though I don’t think the number absolutely has to be five). This isn’t a list of goals I’m actively pursuing; it’s just a list of all the things I think would be cool to do at some point. Check out my “What I’m Doing Now” page to see what I’m focusing on at the moment.

  87. Hello thomas sir, this amol from india, i m too much impressed by your knowledge and video making stuff, i have too decided to start my own youtube channel, from july 2016 as for that to happn i m planning all the things and topics to choose for students to ace in their exams, and what students exctly needs, wht are their choking problems, and having a dicsussion with teachers,etc.
    i m preparing for civil services, so thts the reason it ll take till july to officialy opening my channel, and for tht i need some tips from you, i hope u ll help me. Thnakx for the Thomasanian prescription to ace at exams.

  88. Hey Thomas

    I was wondering if I am applying o college would it be smart to make a website about me or is it overkill? Thank You

  89. Hi Frank,
    I can help you with the CN Tower Edgewalk here in Toronto.
    Let me know when you visit and I can show you around the different locations in Toronto.
    Do you have an Group Goals?
    Group Goals would be like starting a company or planning a trip like canoeing down the Ottawa River
    or climbing Mount Everest. You can count me in.
    Justin Keswick
    [email protected]

  90. Am so impressed with you men. When will your book be on amazon?
    big fan all the way from china

  91. Am super impressed with you men, when will you book be on amazon?
    Big fun all the way from china

  92. “Become fluent in Japanese
    November 13, 2013 update: All hiragana, all katakana, 130 kanji, 245 vocab terms. Sentence structure skill lacking a bit.”

    I believe learning grammar should help in that. Have you ever tried “Tae Kim’s Guide to Learning Japanese”?

  93. I am glad to know CIG. It could be one of the best thing that happened in my stressful and boring life. Your website and YouTube channel are helping me a lot. I am making a better decision thanks to them.

  94. This is truly inspiring and it makes me want to do more things in life. Hats off to you.

  95. You are such a live example for the success I want to achieve personally .currently I am in high school and I want to get a scolarship to study buisness in south korea , and to become an entrepreneur and a pro dancer and other stuffs like that , but I was so overwhelmed by the responsabilities I have to do on a daily basis to get there , but your goals are so clear and well planded that it gives me some sort of hope that I can go to colllege and study for great grades , yetenjoy my journey and make it so clear to me that I go to it directly ,so I am going to do what it take and once I achieve it I will tell you ,thank you so mutch^^(sorry if you didn’t het it cause my english is not that good since it Is not my mother language)

  96. I created my Life List when I was young, and for a while I forgot about it also. I just wanted to say that I love your website and your list is incredble! All the things you have managed to accomplish are truly awe inspiring, as I have many of these on my own list (can be seen on my blog at )! Keep it up and I look forward to seeing what you continue to cross off!
    -Ashley Rayy

  97. hi Thomas. I am a student of 16 years old from Burma .I impress you very much. I’d like to tell u about my problem and hope u can solve it for me.The problem is that when I set a goal and start trying hard but it only lasts for 2 days or at most 3 days. I think I can’t control myself. At first i decided to study but when all family members leave home , I can’t control myself from playing games or something that are not related to studying. even if the exam is the next day, I can’t control. so that’s terrible and also I am very lazy.i don’t study my lessons and only when the exam is near, I start studying. I have try your methods and they r great but I still have those problems. I think u can solve it for me. I am looking foward to your reply. sorry for bad English . thanks a lot

  98. Hi Thomas,
    Love your lists! Inspiring me to go add to mine.
    However, if this goal is to be achieved – Take a Quokka selfie – you will have to add Australia and in particular Western Australia to your list of places to visit.
    I look forward to seeing the pic.
    Kind regards,

  99. I’m so glad I bumped into you on YouTube! Seriously, it has been the best thing that ever happened to me. It’s like I found a very valuable treasure chest! It has only been 2 days since I found you and I’m already accomplishing so much work than ever before. I really appreciate all the effort you put in your videos and in this website; it all helps sooo much! I’m pretty sure I’ll do good in my freshman year in college and I will definitely live by all the things that you taught me. THANK YOU SO MUCH, THOMAS!!!!! Hope you accomplish numerous goals in your impossible list by the end of the year!! 🙂

  100. Hello Tom,

    I just graduated from UNI this past May and am enrolled in a Masters program. I was searching for some tips on how to pay off my loans from both schools and I stumbled across your Info Geek website. I am blown away by your drive to do (what seems like!) literally everything! I feel like I have just as many ambitions and it is truly inspiring to see someone so actively pursuing their dream while simultaneously helping people all over the world. I really appreciate the time and effort you have invested in your various projects and I look forward to learning how I, too, can achieve all of my goals and dreams.

    Have a blessed day!

  101. Hi Thomas,
    I am a big fan of your blog, website, videos and anything you do. I have never met someone like you before, that every time I check your blog and find you doing videos, writing books along with this AMAZING Impossible list, I feel like “Oh my god this guy don’t waste a moment of his life”. I have been trying to add more to my life and not to waste it on just studying and getting good grades, I feel like there is more that I should do, but I fee lost and don’t know where to begin. Then I saw your blog and thought “How can you do all of this? don’t you feel lost?”
    cuz if this blog is my life I would defiantly feel lost and lost on track. There is a lot of things I want to do with my life and habits I want to get better at like reading ,but there are so many books I don’t know where to start at, learning a language, start achieving my goals,lose weight, wake up early, have a good diet, so many things, but when I think about it as a whole It turns my life into a mess and as a result I quit.
    so I would appreciate it if yo could tell me pieces of advice about how make my life better and really stop wasting my life and to feel like I am a valuable person and I have something to give just like you give us these amazing pieces of advice. That maybe one day I can really help who asks for help and make a blog of my own.
    Thank you

  102. how to get this book? please say i have already subscribed…. hope i will get the reply and book

  103. I link you something I wrote to Joel Runyon

    Hi, my name is Marcos Hernández. I`m spanish (Canary Islands, such a paradise, right?) and I`m 18 years old. I really want to spend some time telling you that, in some meaningful way, I find this `Impossible List` idea (or project, whatever you want to call it) very interesting.
    Personally speaking, I think the best thing I can do now is to build up a plan, project, guide like this and put there all of the (im)possible cool amazing things that can happen in my life that only TV cool guys seems to be prepared for (as you mentioned in the beginning). I have been tremendous inspired by you and Thomas Frank in self-improvement and developing my skills. One good example of this is travelling to space (which seems to be possible in my life time) and giving a TedTalk which would be great of course.
    Finally, I want to ask you for a favor if you have time to answer this. I want to build a list just like and have some questions: 1. How is the best way to keep it with me in about 10 years from now (like being a blog for example); 2. Does the list have some requierements like “Shouldnt put this” or “things that..”.

    PD: Sorry for the possible mistakes you may found in my writing expressing. Im sure there are. Anyway, THANK YOU for inspire and maybe in some years you can delete the “Change 1 Person’s Life For The Better”.
    I really hope you answer this.

    • I love college geek packed with useful information and very intertaining, have you ever thought of creating a collegeinfogeek app would love to one of those anyhu keep up the good work

  104. Hey Thomas,

    Thanks so much for sharing all of this. You’ve inspired me to make my own website and impossible list, both of which I’ve fallen in love with and blogging has become one of my new favorite activities. You’re the man!

    Here’s to our success!

  105. Saw your muscle up goal and wondered why you actually wrote it down. Because it´s that easy once you got the technique right.

    With all the nice informations you give to the people, i´m pretty sure you´re able to figure out stuff yourself, but i´d like to share, what helped me to get that “task” done.

    –> Most people tend to come up knees first with the lower body section. Try to come up hips first instead. It will make all the difference. For me it did. Along with an really explosive Pull Up, this will get you over that bar.
    Once your body gets more used to this exercise, you can work on doing it really slow and stuff like that. 🙂

    I hope this will help you… if you´re able to do at least 15 chin ups or something like that, i´m sure you´re only this —> <— far away from your first muscle up.

  106. You seems to me that person I have been searching for long time ago to give me an advice about all those life issues related to planning and how to manage them and things like that. I am so happy that I have landed here on your wonderful land of works.

    This is a treasure for me 😀
    Thank you so much for all your efforts to help. I am supporting your steps. KEEP MOVING FORWARD 🙂

  107. One way you could complete your goal of writing 25,000 words in a month is by doing NaNoWriMo in November. Plus it would help you if you wanted to write another book. If you complete it, they publish a copy for you

  108. So happy that DDR is a goal for you right now, same here. Found a great group of people here in Portland and they are now pushing me to do 14s! They are crazy. Keep it up!

  109. Thomas you are source of great inspiration for me. I’m currently at my last year of high school with 50 days to the final exam. Your advices are really saving my life. Thanks for everything

  110. For a while I thought my list was from Mars but you’ve even inspired a young teacher like myself to keep pressing on and not feel so bad about my Impossible list, what’s impossible for man is possible for God..If only we knew we were gifted with unlimited ability. If I think it, therefore I am! For a while now I wanted to start my personal website, this one is good…will also send my students over here.

    Thanks Thomas.

  111. Thank you for sharing your list! You inspired me to start my own personal website AND create this impossible list! 🙂

  112. Really awesome and pretty long list to keep anyone busy….!!!
    However, it gave me an idea to create a website to maintain an IMPOSSIBLE LIST, Started working on it.
    Followed your tutorial to create a website. Maybe this topic is good to start with one.
    I will post the link once I make it. Suggestions are appreciated (i will be working with PHP and MySQL).

    Again, Thanks for this brilliant idea…!!!

  113. Hello Thomas,

    How are you doing these days?
    I liked your impossible list. I also created one and would like to share with you. Looking forward for your constructive comments on my blog as well. I also want to know how to reach other bloggers. 🙂 You are doing nice with your blog. Many thanks 🙂

  114. Wicked-awesome list! Had a similar thing going myself for a summer term I did in university – you can find it here: – not quite so extensive and long-term, but definitely in the same spirit. I may just have to borrow some of these for my “List of Stuff to Do After University”. Thanks for another great article!

  115. LOVE this list! has pretty much everything I’d love to do along with a few extras! Thanks so much!!!!

  116. Just came to your blog through NF (saw you have the T-shirt on the website tutorial video :p)

    On the process of creating my own Impossible list too, but just wanted to share this: I’m learning my Japanese through it and it’s one of the best websites I’ve come to, for language learnings. would be cool for Spanish too, wish they had Japanese but oh well…

    And holy banana for getting into the 5,000 on Fitocracy! I’m about 37,000+ hahaha, only level 8 yet. Good luck 🙂

    • I can’t wait to see your Impossible List when you’ve got it done! Joel would be so proud 🙂

      I’ve got a Duolingo account, but I haven’t done much with it. Thanks for the LiveMocha recommendation as well. Have you read my post on self-learning? I listed a few of my Japanese resources there – TextFugu and WaniKani are probably my favorites.

      Oh, and you’ll rank up REALLY quickly on Fitocracy. It starts slowing down when you get past 10,000, but until then you’ll be passing tons of people with every workout.

  117. Just checked out HALO site. totally awesome. wanted to at least skydive once or twice, found an affordable hope to go this sometime. Now I have to do it so I can graduate up to HALO., hehe. that’s not something I ever thought to consider. Thanks.

  118. Looks like a lot of info to take in. But not a lot that I haven’t thought of, hehe. Working on my own piecemeal. This is a good boot to the head so to speak. yeah, way to much Monty Python.

  119. This is an awesome post and your posts are really inspiring.I always had an impossible list but its organized now thanks to this post 😀 you rock bro \m/

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