Do you know what you need this year? An Impossible List. Come new year, you decide your same old resolution: I am going to gym every day, I am not eating junk ever again etc. You would discontinue it within four weeks and you know it. You need something active, something that inspires you to take actions, something that would make you proud and perhaps something that would make you more noticeable amongst everyone else.

An Impossible List is NOT a Bucket List.

Bucket lists are the ones that are safe, realistic, possible and even boring. It always goes like this: Skydive, deep sea diving, and sit in an air balloon. They are very static. You tend to give them up when they get tougher.

The Impossible List is a challenge. It has all the things you earlier considered impossible. They are those things that you thought only the cool guys on the TV would do. Things that you never thought you would be able to do.

The Impossible List would be your first step towards fulfilling your potential. Grab a pen and a paper, sit down and write all the craziest things you want to do in your life.

This idea was propounded by Joel Runyon from the ImpossibleHQ in 2017.

Here is my Impossible List. Feel free to borrow ideas!

Current Goals

  • Write a book
  • Publish another research paper

Life Goals

  • Change someone’s life for good
  • Solve a chronic problem in a country
  • Reach a million lives

Social Work

  • Start an orphanage
  • Create sustainable living in 3 villages
  • Adopt one product or service of 100% circular economy
  • Solve the water problem in 10 villages
  • Make 100 children employable
  • Adopt and ensure equal pay in one big company
  • Feed 100 poor families in one day
  • Start a proper NGO for youth empowerment (KIN)
  • Start a proper NGO for sports (Athletes for Athletes)

Professional Goals

  • Work at the UN
  • Intern at the World Economic Forum
  • Intern at the World Bank
  • Intern in another country (June 2018, Sri Lanka)
  • Publish a book
  • Publish a national bestseller
  • Make a Guinness World Record
  • Get a patent
  • Start a product line
  • Give a TEDx Talk
  • Give a TED talk
  • Speak at a Fortune 500 company

Sports and Fitness Goals

  • Win a National Medal (5x June 2012 to November 2016)
  • Win an International Medal (2x November 2015, Australia)
  • Complete an Ironman
  • Run an Ultra Marathon
  • Run a 42 Km Marathon
  • Run a 21 Km Marathon
  • Run a 10 Km Marathon (July 2018, Mumbai 58 mins)
  • Run a 5 km Marathon (May 2011, Balewadi)
  • Learn to backflip
  • Do a 100 kg. squat
  • Do 100 pushups in one go
  • Get eight-pack abs and celebrate through a photoshoot
    Six pack (December 2018)

Academic Goals

  • Publish one research paper (February 2018. Pune)
  • Publish five research paper
  • Publish 20 research papers
  • Get a degree from India’s best college
  • Get a degree from an Ivy League university
  • Win Rhodes Scholarship
  • Present paper at the India Summit

Travel Goals

  • Solo backpack across India (May-June 2017)
  • Visit every state in India (Count 22 as of December 2018)
  • Visit five countries
  • Visit ten countries
  • Visit 20 Countries
  • Visit 50 countries
  • Visit 100 Countries
  • Visit 150 Countries
  • Solo-backpack across south-east Asia
  • Solo-backpack Europe
  • Ride a bike across South America

Creative Goals

  • Learn Spanish Classical Guitar in Spain
  • Make a music video on 60-years-of-Bollywood
  • Learn to read and write Sanskrit
  • Learn to speak one foreign language fluently (German or Mandarin)
  • Learn one computer language

Fun and Insane Goals

  • Be an extra in a movie
  • Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Do Everest Base Camp
  • Do Annapurna Base Camp
  • Climb Mount Everest
  • Take a Quokka Selfie (November 2015, Australia)
  • Learn to fly a plane

Religion and Spiritual Goals

  • Read and understand Bhagavad Gita
  • Read and understand Bible
  • Read and understand Qu ‘ran

People to meet

  • Raghuram Rajan
  • Sachin Tendulkar
  • Roger Federer
  • Jan Ove Waldner
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • Mukesh Ambani
  • Anand Mahindra
  • Ratan Tata
  • Nandan Nilekani
  • Elon Musk
  • Shashi Tharoor
  • Malala


It always seems impossible until its done.
-Nelson Mandela

Published by Manthan Shah

Hey, I am an International Table Tennis Medallist. Here are the words that may define me- Athlete, Economist, Avid reader, Social Entrepreneur, Leader and deep generalist.

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