Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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Johan van der Merwe in Johannesburg is doing 19 things including…

learn italian

4 cheers


Johan van der Merwe has written 2 entries about this goal

Finished learning the basics of Italian

This morning I finished the last chapter of my Italian course. In my previous attempt to learn using the course I did one chapter a week and I stopped half way through. 7 weeks ago I started learning again by doing a chapter every Saturday and Sunday morning which means I did all 14 chapters in only 7 weeks.

I have now learnt all 4 of the big romance languages and I am very proud of the achievement because it has been a goal of mine for many years.

Stopping half way and starting all over again

I managed to finish about half of the book and audio course I was using to learn Italian a few months ago. I stopped learning because I was suffering from a lot of depression at the time.

Every time I see that course on my bookshelf I feel guilty for not having finished it. I taught myself Spanish, Portuguese and French and I want to complete the 4 big romance languages by learning Italian. It’s something that will make me feel like I have really achieved something.

If I do one chapter a week then a should be able to finish it in only 14 weeks which is not long. I am only looking to understand the basics of the language so when I have finished the course I will consider this goal complete.

Johan van der Merwe has gotten 4 cheers on this goal.


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