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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.

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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.

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DanT1999's Life List

  1. 1. be more assertive
    9 entries . 195 cheers
    713 people
  2. 2. manage my time more efficiently
    2 entries . 145 cheers
    57 people
  3. 3. fake it 'til i make it
    8 entries . 192 cheers
    4 people
  4. 4. declutter my life
    2 entries . 198 cheers
    579 people
  5. 5. list three things every day that made me happy
    864 entries . 97 cheers
    420 people
  6. 6. improve my public speaking and presentation skills
    9 entries . 126 cheers
    12 people
  7. 7. finish my professional exams
    5 entries . 90 cheers
    1 person
  8. 8. stop being a perfectionist
    1 entry . 132 cheers
    140 people
  9. 9. be more open-minded to try new things
    3 entries . 150 cheers
    0 people
  10. 10. learn mandarin chinese
    2 entries . 97 cheers
    312 people
  11. 11. read at least one book per month
    14 entries . 152 cheers
    79 people
  12. 12. be a better swimmer
    5 entries . 78 cheers
    76 people
  13. 13. “Have a kick ass body that stops traffic without jumping in front of it”
    1 entry . 70 cheers
    20 people
  14. 14. Just wanted to say...
    3 team members . 19 entries . 33 cheers
    3 people
  15. 15. cook more often and eat out less
    2 entries . 160 cheers
    3 people
  16. 16. buy my first house or condo
    3 entries . 113 cheers
    1 person
  17. 17. hike a new trail
    16 entries . 54 cheers
    3 people
  18. 18. run a 10K
    16 entries . 59 cheers
    1,181 people
  19. 19. learn how to use my dSLR
    54 cheers
    13 people
  20. 20. have a daguerreotype taken of myself
    49 cheers
    2 people
  21. 21. Join a field naturalists' club
    2 entries . 54 cheers
    1 person
  22. 22. Participate in this year's Great Backyard Bird Count
    16 entries . 44 cheers
    0 people
  23. 23. Identify the 43 albums I couldn't do without
    14 entries . 66 cheers
    12 people
  24. 24. earn a masters degree
    1 entry . 130 cheers
    277 people
  25. 25. learn to ride a bike
    1 entry . 155 cheers
    691 people

How I did it
How to identify and photograph 43 birds
It took me
3 months
It made me

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list three things every day that made me happy (read all 864 entries…)
seventh bonus day

August 21, 2014

1) I was busy throughout the day with unexpected things I had to deal with but fortunately I wasn’t in on it alone and also made some gradual progress on other projects that I had gotten behind on…

2) Birding and people watching at Malibu Lagoon after work early this evening (see the collage of photos I took)... It was sunnier and warmer and the surf was high which meant much bigger crowds than when I was there Tuesday evening. Bird diversity was up slightly too, so migration may finally be picking up…

3) Watching episode 4 of the Korean drama “Tell Me Your Wish”...

list three things every day that made me happy (read all 864 entries…)
sixth bonus day

August 20, 2014

1) It has warm and humid last night and I hardly got any sleep, but I managed to be alert throughout the day without feeling too tired. The only thing is that it was one of those days where I did a lot without actually accomplishing a lot just because of the nature of the problems I’m trying to solve…

2) I didn’t leave the office until 6 PM tonight, but I still had enough time to squeeze in some birding at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve before dark (see the collage of photos I took)... I didn’t see anything unusual but it was relaxing just to walk along the river bank and clear my mind…

3) Watching episode 3 of the Korean drama “Tell Me Your Wish”...

list three things every day that made me happy (read all 864 entries…)
fifth bonus day

August 19, 2014

1) Running this morning… For the first time in a few months, it was mostly dark during my run. Fall is gradually approaching; it makes me kind of sad even if the start of fall in Southern California is a lot like summer…

2) Birding at Malibu Lagoon after a busy day at work this evening… It was overcast and cooler than it has been which meant that the crowds were smaller. The variety of birds was still not that great, but I did manage some nice shots of some common birds…

3) I watched episode 2 of the Korean drama “Tell Me Your Wish” tonight. I was unimpressed with the first episode but found myself hooked with number two, even after I swore that I wouldn’t get addicted to another drama…

See the collage of photos I took today, all at Malibu Lagoon this evening except the squirrels which were photographed at Lake Balboa on my way to work this morning…

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