"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." -- Thomas Frank. This list was inspired by Thomas Frank over at collegeinfogeek.com along with Ryan Eller and his list.

 
 
 
 Brendon & Eric @ Palantir Technologies in NYC.

Brendon & Eric @ Palantir Technologies in NYC.

Life

  • Marry my best friend
  • Be someone’s best man
  • Speak to 100 people (2014 CEO Conference)
    • 500 people (ISU Basketball Game DJ/Emcee)
    • 1000 people
  • Teach a university class
  • Find two mentors that help me achieve success
  • Buy a beach house in California
  • Live in New York, NY
  • Fund someone’s way through college
  • Start a non-profit
  • Read the top 100 books of all time (currently @ 5)
  • Start a scholarship fund/program
  • Impact the way 10 people make everyday decisions
  • Graduate with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University
  • Complete a master’s program in physics or stats
  • Wake up every morning headed to my dream career
  • Become a mentor (Ryan B.)
  • Make a BIG difference in the world

Health & Fitness

  • Run a 5k
  • Run a 10k
  • Run a half marathon (Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll, Chicago, IL)
  • Run a marathon (IMT Des Moines Marathon, Des Moines, IA)
  • Compete in a sprint triathlon (Loves Park, IL)
  • Compete in a duathlon (Iowa City, IA)
  • Compete in an olympic triathlon (Graniteman Tri, MN)
  • Compete in a half ironman
  • Complete in a full ironman
  • Participate in a cycling tour
  • Bench press 250
  • Land a backflip (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • Learn a full
  • Learn parkour/freerunning
  • Run a six-minute mile (London 5:45)
  • Five free standing handstand pushups
  • Rock an 8 pack
  • Run a Tough Mudder
  • Try a paleo diet for a week (Iowa City Summer)
    • One month (FL Spring)
    • Six months
  • Try a vegetarian diet for a week
    • One month
  • Refrain from eating fast food for 6 months
  • Workout/exercise in the mornings (5 days a week for 3 months min.)
  • Survive Ebola
  • Survive Zika
  • Walk the Golden Gate bridge
 
 26.2 miles @ the Des Moines Marathon.

26.2 miles @ the Des Moines Marathon.


 
 Mike Delazzer, Founder of Redbox.

Mike Delazzer, Founder of Redbox.

Business & Career

  • Launch a business (Sodima Solutions)
  • Help someone launch their business
  • $100,000 in yearly revenue
    • $1,000,000 in yearly revenue
  • Take a business international
  • Receive a Patent (patent pending 11/16)
  • Create an iPhone application (Entrust Datacard)
    • Get on app on iTunes app store
  • Learn to code
    • Matlab
    • Java
    • PHP
    • C
    • Python
    • HTML5/CSS3
    • SQL
    • R
    • Javascript
    • Verilog
    • Ruby
    • Objective C
    • Swift
    • Go
    • Rust
    • Typescript
    • Scala

Travel

  • Live in another country
  • Pick up a Hitch Hiker (Michigan to Iowa)
    • Be picked up (hitch hike)
  • Travel to all 50 States (23 visited)
  • Visit all 7 continents
    • Europe
    • Asia
    • North America
    • South America
    • Africa
    • Australia
    • Antartica
  • Play soccer in Brazil
  • Eat chocolate in Switzerland
  • Show up to the airport with no itinerary or destination, then book a flight (MN -> Denver, CO)
  • Live in a warm climate location (Cape Canaveral, FL)
  • Backpack a country for a month (Vietnam)
  • Visit a volcano
  • See the Northern Lights
  • See the Red Wood Forest
    • Climb a tree in the Red Wood Forest
  • Running of the Bulls in Spain
  • Visit the Acropolis in Greece
  • Climb the Eiffel Tower
  • Ride camels in Morocco
  • Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Ride in a gondola in Venice
 
 Places traveled in the USA as of 2016

Places traveled in the USA as of 2016


 Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute (OEI) Graduation.

Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute (OEI) Graduation.

Events

  • Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization (CEO) (October 2014, 2016)
  • SXSW Conference
  • Spring Awakening Music Festival (2018, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012)
  • Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute (2015)
  • Coachella
  • Lollapalooza
  • Tomorrowland
  • World Cup
  • Superbowl
  • Olympics
  • Kentucky Derby
  • Day of the Dead in Mexico

Experiences

  • Go skydiving (2015, 2014)
    • Skydive solo
    • Halo Jump
  • Go white-water rafting
  • Learn to surf (Pacific Beach)
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Swim with sharks
  • Cross-country America
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • See 7 Wonders of the World
  • Scuba dive
  • Learn to sail
  • Pull an all-nighter in Vegas
  • Hop a train car
  • Ride an elephant through India
  • Spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square, NY (2015/16)
  • Place a $1000 bet in Vegas
  • Fly in a helicopter (Chicago)
  • Watch a rocket launch (Cape Canaveral, FL)
  • Go to space
  • Camp on a beach (Cape Canaveral)
  • Enjoy the front row of a concert (Spring Awakening, Chicago, IL)
  • Go ghost hunting
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Go off the map for a week
 
 SpaceX night launch @ Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, FL.

SpaceX night launch @ Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, FL.


 
 A snazzy Hawaiian shirt @ the world's largest truck stop.

A snazzy Hawaiian shirt @ the world's largest truck stop.

Misc

  • Pay it Forward at a drive-through
  • Reverse pickpocket $20
  • Leave a $100 tip
  • Learn to drive stick
  • Get gas at the world’s largest truck stop (Iowa 80)
  • Have a book published
  • Learn to ride a Motorcycle (Iowa City)
  • Have something named after myself
  • Be an extra in a movie
  • Wear a snake around my neck
  • Name a star
  • Crash a Hollywood studio
  • Crowd surf a concert (Spring Awakening Music Festival)
  • Learn to DJ (Wakefield Entertainment)
  • Learn to breakdance
  • Learn to ballroom dance
  • Send a message in a bottle and get a response
  • Develop my own camera film
  • Print a circuit board
  • Meet the president
  • Learn to pickle food
  • Find a four leaf clover
  • Walk on hot coals
  • Learn to brew the perfect cup of coffee
  • Help someone check something off their list
  • Drive a sports car up the coast of California