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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Jeff Cline

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Go helicopter skiing - once
Need to try this

I need to try this at least once.
Who knows, I may do it again if it’s not TOO expensive.


Clear off my kitchen table
Whoa! I now have a place to put my plate!

Got the papers cleared off the kitchen table (or at least sorted to the side). Now let’s try to keep it that way.

become a better skier
learning how to stop

Yeah, being able to stop easily is hard but worth learning how to do right.

Next time you are out on the slopes, try this on a slight hill since it is easier to catch an edge that way. You will be doing a “hockey stop”, which is where you come to a skidding stop with both skis parallel.

To prepare to stop, decide which ski you want to have uphill after the stop (most people are much more comfortable on one side). Then point skis downhill and get a little speed

Now you are going to do several things simultaneously or in quick succession:

  • keep your skis parallel during this entire process
  • swing both your heels to one side at the same time
  • lean uphill slightly and catch the uphill edges of BOTH skis
  • if your feet get separated, catch the downhill ski edge harder

You can also go with someone and ask them to give you pointers about what you might be doing wrong.

The goal is to be able to do this without thinking so you have this skill up your sleeve when needed. It will help you feel more comfortable going a little faster knowing you can stop quickly when needed.

If other experienced skiers have further pointers, click the “comments” link below so the hints are kept together.

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