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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.

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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OneLittleDuck's Life List

  1. 1. be more confident
    2 entries . 9 cheers
    11,598 people
  2. 2. Be less shy
    12 entries . 17 cheers
    3,035 people
  3. 3. Be myself
    2 entries . 5 cheers
    1,869 people
  4. 4. Live every day like it's my last
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    149 people
  5. 5. write in my diary everyday
    3 cheers
    80 people
  6. 6. be more spontanious
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    72 people
  7. 7. photograph the world
    1 entry . 6 cheers
    99 people
  8. 8. Stop Putting Things Off
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    87 people
  9. 9. wear things I've always wanted to wear but never had the guts to.
    1 entry . 8 cheers
    8 people
  10. 10. stop popping my knuckles
    1 cheer
    82 people
  11. 11. do something nice for someone every day
    2 entries . 3 cheers
    133 people
  12. 12. think positively
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    274 people
  13. 13. write at least one novel
    2 cheers
    3 people
  14. 14. leave a lasting impression on the world
    2 cheers
    11 people
  15. 15. stop being such a control freak
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    22 people
  16. 16. not worry about what others think of me
    1 entry . 4 cheers
    778 people
  17. 17. exercise daily
    2 entries
    2,321 people
  18. 18. be more involved in friends interests
    4 entries . 1 cheer
    1 person
  19. 19. Learn how to make a good first impression
    1 cheer
    6 people
  20. 20. wear a bikini
    3 entries . 2 cheers
    367 people
  21. 21. improve my touch typing
    1 cheer
    2 people
  22. 22. get better grades
    8 entries . 4 cheers
    1,519 people
  23. 23. Cook a new meal once a week
    3 cheers
    17 people
  24. 24. learn sign language
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    8,503 people
  25. 25. become a famous artist
    1 cheer
    106 people
  26. 26. Learn to fly a glider
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    27 people
  27. 27. Throw away, donate, or sell EVERYTHING in my house I don't need or don't absolutely love.
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    50 people
  28. 28. get rich
    1 cheer
    2,255 people
  29. 29. Take rock climbing lessons
    2 entries
    6 people
  30. 30. pay for and take my mum to see the arora borealis (her dream for years)
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  31. 31. Spend less time fooling around on the net and more time actually working
    2 entries
    5,409 people
  32. 32. meet the cousins ive never met
    1 entry
    4 people
  33. 33. Practice painting
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    12 people
  34. 34. take ice skating lessons
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    17 people
  35. 35. try to do something productive each day
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    31 people
  36. 36. Wear a Georgian era dress at least once
    2 cheers
    3 people
  37. 37. take compliments better
    3 entries . 3 cheers
    116 people
  38. 38. spend a day speaking only in elizabethan english
    3 cheers
    3 people
  39. 39. Send a message in a bottle
    1 cheer
    4,120 people
  40. 40. become better at small-talk
    2 entries . 5 cheers
    2,007 people
  41. 41. make money
    1 cheer
    3,242 people
  42. 42. having an opinion on music and other such things of culture
    2 entries
    1 person
  43. 43. Organize old photos, digital photos, print and frame photos, etc.
    1 cheer
    43 people
Recent entries
Be less shy (read all 12 entries…)
Improved so much since a year and a half ago.

I forgot all about this and it’s so odd reading my previous entries from last year (inconsequently all of which have horrendous spelling errors); I’ve improved so much I’d never had believed I could have done it.

I’m not going to tick this off as done quite yet, it’s something I can still work on in certain situations but what’s changed is I used to be “shy” as my character, now I’m just shy in certain situations and with certain people.

A friend was joking to my boyfriend how I used to ask her to buy things for me in shops and cancel at the last minute if I thought that there would be a group of people, etc. and he refused to believe I was ever a shy person. Hopefully I’ll manage to carry this on to university next year.

Best (and hardest) thing I did was to get a job in a shop where I had to talk and sell to customers one-on-one – making small talk and all of that, which improvised my ability to talk to people to such an extent.

I never thought I’d be able to improve so much, when I remember the completely socially crippling shyness I used to have, to now. People don’t understand that being shy is so horrendous. This sounds like I’m exaggerating, but it’s only just hit me what a massive thing this is for me :).

get better grades (read all 8 entries…)

i got an E. argh. as i’m used to being at the top of the class this was, i think, what i need to make me work. i didnt revise. the rest of my subjects i also didnt revise for but did okay (AAB) hmm. i am to see this in a positive light – use it as motivation not demoralisation. yes. thats the plan. seeing as i now have my heart set on where i want to go for uni and i need AAA to go, i need to work. hmmm. off to revise now me thinks!

be more spontanious
little moments

i dont know how spontanious i would like to be, but i think for now that the little moments of almost off-the-cuff things are good for me. on a gorgeous sunny day a few days ago me and a friend happened to bump into each other, both of us were free, we called around a few people and ended up going off to the beach a few hours later. i dont want that sort of thing everyday of course, but the occasional shake up of day-to-day monotomny is sometimes essential. it made me feel positive.

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