This is Adam’s impossible list! I got the idea from Thomas Frank who got it from Joel Runyon. Joel created the world’s first impossible list and defined the difference between it and a bucket list. Here is what he has to say about it:

The Impossible List is not a bucket list.

There’s a difference. Not just in the name, but in the entire concept.

Lots of people have a bucket list. They’re static things made up at one point in time that most people don’t end up actually incorporating into their lives and discard when things get tough.

The impossible list is different. It’s fluid, updating status of what’s coming, what’s next and where you’ve come from. It’s always changing, always updating and always evolving. The impossible list isn’t just a piece of paper, it’s a commentary to yourself on how you’re living.

– Joel Runyon

Thomas talks about how you need to be mindful of your path.

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

– Thomas Frank

Impossible List – Current Focus

Currently focused on writing an eBook.

Fitness/Health goals

This is an area of my life that I have completely neglected. I need to focus on it. I don’t see myself ever being a super health nut, but I do feel I need to take care of myself. I’m basically starting at the ground floor.

  • Run a mile
  • Do 20 push-ups in a single set
  • Do 5 pull-ups in a single set
  • Don’t drink soda for a week
  • Drop to 220lbs and stay there for two weeks

Professional goals

  • Get 100,000 site visits, all time
  • Get the GIAC Newsletter going
  • Self-publish an ebook
  • Launch a YouTube channel (December 2014)
    • Release 100 videos (December 2015)
    • Release 200 videos (December 2016)
    • Release 300 videos (October 2017)
    • Release 400 videos (November 2018)
    • Release 500 videos (July 2019)
    • Release 600 videos (March 2020)
    • Release 700 videos
  • Gain 500 YouTube subscribers (January 2016)
    • Gain 1000 YouTube subscribers (April 2016)
    • Gain 2500 YouTube subscribers (August 2016)
    • Gain 5000 YouTube subscribers (March 2017)
    • Gain 10,000 YouTube subscribers (September 2017)
    • Gain 20,000 YouTube subscribers (May 2018)
    • Gain 50,000 YouTube subscribers (May 2019)
    • Gain 100,000 YouTube subscribers (April 2020)
    • Gain 150,000 YouTube subscribers (Dec 2020)
    • Gain 250,000 YouTube subscribers
  • Do a collab video with another dedicated YouTuber
  • Create an online course (May 2019)
  • Give a keynote address

Habit goals

  • Do a morning workout 10 days in a row – Skill: Fitness
  • Read 25 pages a day for three months in a row – Skill: Intelligence

Insane or fun goals

  • Skydive
    • Indoor Skydiving at iFly (December 2016)
  • Be on TV

Events to attend

  • Microsoft Build
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Microsoft Data Insights Summit
  • PASS Summit (2008-2016)
  • PASS Business Analytics (May 2016)
  • SQLBits
  • 1 SQL Saturday every other month
  • VidCon
  • Podcast Movement
  • ComicCon

Travel goals

  • Visit England (September 2012)
    • Visit with family
  • Visit New Zealand
  • Visit Australia
  • Visit France
  • Visit Washinton D.C. (2005)
    • Visit with family
  • Visit Pyramids in Egypt
  • Visit Spain
  • Visit Ireland
  • Visit Germany (February 2017)
    • Vist with family
  • Visit Switzerland
  • Visit Italy
  • Visit China
  • Visit Japan
  • Visit Brazil
  • Visit South Africa
  • Visit Sweden
  • Visit Iceland
  • Visit every state in the US

Where I’ve been so far:

Life goals

  • Maintain a loving and happy relationship with my wife Crystal!
  • Raise my kids to be successful
  • Retire at 55
  • Be location independent

Read lots of books!

This will be an ongoing goal of self-education. I never went to college, and almost everything I know has been self-taught. I have always pushed myself to learn new things. I’ve seen from many entrepreneurs and business leaders that you have to read to be successful. So, that’s what I will do.

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.

– Jim Rohn

I completed a 3 month goal of reading 25 pages a day. You can check out my reading journey page for more details.