About Joel

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“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” - Walt Disney

Who’s Behind This Impossible Blog?

My name is Joel Runyon. I used to be okay with the possible. Not anymore.

I’m a former laid-off UPS worker who focused on pushing my limits & doing the impossible in order to tell a great story with my life.

Some pretty great stories that I’ve had a chance to be a part of:

  • Traveled to France on 24 hours notice, spent 5 days homeless in Paris for less than $300
  • Ran an Ultramarathon & Raised $25,000 for a school with Pencils of Promise.
  • Took 41 people skydiving & 30+ people bungee jumping.
  • Traveled to over 17 countries on 5 continents.

I’ve got a lot more impossible things and amazing stories on my list of impossible things – and they’re getting crossed off one by one. You can see my list of impossible things at the link below.

The Impossible List

IMPOSSIBLE

I write here every Tuesday & Thursday. That’s twice a week and turns out to over a 100 posts/year.  Occasionally I post stuff on the weekends when I’m feeling extra creative. You can follow along with email updates or just by checking back here every day if you want.

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If you’re new to the blog, here are some good places to start [last updated January 29th, 2011]:

The Popular Ones

Lots Of Comments

A Few of My Favorites

I’ve contributed to a number of other blogs and you can read every single post I’ve written [even the bad ones] in the archives [it's one of my favorite ways to figure out what a blogger is about].

I’ve also created a word count toola brief guide to paleo, and the most gut wrenching site on the planet just for fun.

Why I Write Here

Your why behind your what is critical. It determines everything else you do.

Here’s mine:

My reason – I got tired. I got tired of living in the world of practical reality, only attempting the things in life that I thought were “possible.” When I traveled, I had a slew of amazing travel adventures, but when I came back stateside, there was nothing. No more travel, no more adventure, no more stories. I settled for the possible and life was boring.

I got tired of that and realized I didn’t want to live a boring life. I wanted to live a life where I did extraordinary things. I wanted to do things most people considered impossible. I wanted to do things that I considered impossible. But more importantly, I wanted to start living a great story with my life. So I set out to attempt impossible things and ever since, life has become a lot more fun.

>> You can read the a lot more about why I’m trying to tell a great story here <<

What To Do Next?

Read all that? I’m impressed. Chances are, if you got this far, you’ll want to do something next. Here’s a few good next steps.

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Thank You

If you’re reading this, thank you. There’s a lot of noise on the internet and I appreciate you taking the time to be a part of my story & for paying attention to what I have to say. Thanks :).

-Joel Runyon

Comments

  1. says

    Hey Joel!

    Keep up the great work contending for the “impossible” things. It’s really inspiring that your life is an example and demonstration that the only limits that we really have are those that we impose on ourselves.

    All the best in your endeavours!

    Cheers,

    Dominic ;)

  2. Ryan says

    I stumbled across your site and its one of the most inspiring things I’ve read and found. As someone who’s completed 3 marathons and having friends and family think I’m crazy for doing so, I feel like I can somewhat understand the exhilaration behind “doing the impossible.” Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading more about your pursuits and accomplishments!

    -R

  3. says

    I know someone who can help you learn to kitesurf. Check out http://www.cosmickites.com – they are based in Long Beach on Long Island in New York and give lessons there. They also have schools in the Caribbean, most notably in the DR in Cabarete. Mike is the owner, he’s a friend. Tell him I sent you!

  4. Lucas Sabedra says

    Hey Joel, congrats on the triathlon. I found your blog when I was looking for the valpotri pictures. I noticed on your blog that we share a lot of common interests, although I am just now beginning… Keep it going man. This world is too round to live like it’s flat. Follow me up on twitter. Sabeder09
    -Lucas

  5. Guy Davoren says

    G’day Joel
    I am another who has stumbled across this blog and I have spent the last 30 minutes going through stories and inspirational messages. You have done a great job. I am currently in training for the Noosa Tri (in Qld Australia) on Oct 31. I have done a few before, run 7 marathons and took my daughter skydiving for her 21st birthday present last month, so I understand the satisfaction you and your followers get from our “hobbies”. Keep up the good work, I’ll be reading.

  6. says

    G’day Joel
    I am another who has stumbled across this blog and I have spent the last 30 minutes going through stories and inspirational messages. You have done a great job. I am currently in training for the Noosa Tri (in Qld Australia) on Oct 31. I have done a few before, run 7 marathons and took my daughter skydiving for her 21st birthday present last month, so I understand the satisfaction you and your followers get from our “hobbies”. Keep up the good work, I’ll be reading.

    +1

  7. says

    Hope you can handle a 70 y/o woman having a “crush” on you, because I do. I admire your tenacity, your excitement for life, taking it on the “chin” to live your dream and knowing that when I leave this earth, someone is still living with my philosphy in life: “Do the impossible.” Having lived 4-5 lives in this one already, I look forward to the “next best thing”. Keep doing what you’re doing. You have my admiration, appreciation, and prayers. Author Joyce Godwin Grubbs

  8. says

    Came across this blog via a relative. You are such a positive and humble person, always thanking your readers. It’s very refreshing especially with all the snarky, sarcastic things all over the internet. Keep up the great work!

  9. alex says

    Dude, youre like a chick posting selfies on facebook. The only thing more sad than someone living a boring, wasted life, is someone who needs constant attention and social approval to do something slightly active with themselves.

    Youre not that cool, you definitely dont know the first thing about being humble.

    The ‘impossible’ thing for you to do now would be to take down this self glorifying web site and try living like a man.

  10. Jenny says

    Hace poco decidi cambiar mi estilo de vida, activarme, cuidar mi salud, alimentacion… Estoy en baby steps pero con la mira fija en mi objetivo… Estoy super motivada y decidida, me encanto tu blog!! Quiero mi impossible list tambien, siempre eh tenido la intencion de hacer muchas cosas pero me eh limitado yo sola a no cumplir esos sueños, me inspiras a tomar vuelo y aventarme!! Seguire acompañandote en tu camino ;) gracias!! Saludos :D

  11. says

    Wow Joel – Just reading through your bio and some old and new posts really does give a feel to your character. You both remind and look like a younger Tim Ferriss.

    It’s usually a recession or depression that forces us to start thinking and living impossible, but it’s hard to be the first one out there. The fact that we’re now going through something of a second industrialization with technology, computers and the internet, life has never been tougher for a millennial like myself.

    At the same time, it has never been better to get out there, kick ass and live the impossible. Thank you for being living proof that it is entirely possible.

    Looking forward to following your site!

    Carl

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