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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changethesystem




I'm doing 42 things
 

changethesystem's Life List

  1. 1. repent as God defines in Ezekiel 18
    1 person
  2. 2. Live with Integrity
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    211 people
  3. 3. Practice lifelong, chaste celibacy
    1 cheer
    1 person
  4. 4. practice Franklin's 13 virtues
    15 people
  5. 5. fully submit to God's authority
    1 cheer
    1 person
  6. 6. Learn Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese)
    14 people
  7. 7. get a job
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    12,579 people
  8. 8. Move to Hong Kong
    11 people
  9. 9. Start my own business
    9,330 people
  10. 10. learn biblical Hebrew and Greek
    3 people
  11. 11. Memorize the Entire Bible
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    10 people
  12. 12. be a good steward of what I've been given
    1 cheer
    8 people
  13. 13. Be a slave to Christ
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    3 people
  14. 14. practice self-discipline
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    23 people
  15. 15. live as a free, stateless individual
    25 people
  16. 16. Save the World
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    1,358 people
  17. 17. better articulate my thoughts
    28 people
  18. 18. communicate more effectively
    79 people
  19. 19. successfully behave responsibly
    2 people
  20. 20. be brave and take risks
    2 cheers
    5 people
  21. 21. help people
    2 cheers
    1,583 people
  22. 22. become fully actively prolife
    1 person
  23. 23. stop procrastinating
    30,442 people
  24. 24. Never stop learning
    1 cheer
    4,051 people
  25. 25. keep up with my correspondence
    5 people
  26. 26. complete my projects
    5 people
  27. 27. exercise regularly
    10,852 people
  28. 28. Keep in Better Contact With the Friends I Have and Make New Friends
    710 people
  29. 29. consolidate my web presence
    2 people
  30. 30. expand my vocabulary
    2,666 people
  31. 31. improve my memory
    1,325 people
  32. 32. write more poetry
    956 people
  33. 33. write a novel
    11,513 people
  34. 34. make a website
    763 people
  35. 35. learn and practice to breathe from the diaphragm until it's natural
    34 people
  36. 36. create a language
    139 people
  37. 37. Learn to play the piano
    8,222 people
  38. 38. Learn Spanish
    1 cheer
    18,259 people
  39. 39. speak spanish fluently
    2,362 people
  40. 40. learn lojban
    1 cheer
    45 people
  41. 41. learn esperanto
    418 people
  42. 42. learn to speak Esperanto fluently
    38 people

How I did it
How to learn Quikscript
It took me
8 days
It made me
Surprisingly simple.


Recent entries
Memorize the Entire Bible
How I look at memorizing the entire Bible

Since I think it is not worth it to memorize an entire English Bible translation since the English parses concepts and uses words differently than Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, I’ve decided to first learn the original languages, then to memorize the Bible in the originals.

This is what some Muslims do with the Qur’an—though those I have asked about it didn’t actually learn the meanings of the ancient Arabic they memorized. Learning the meaning actually makes it EASIER to memorize something. The Qur’an has a length somewhere between the New Testament and the Tanakh, so I’m sure if Muslims can do it in 2 years, 6-7 hours a day in a classroom with an instructor, surrounded by fellow Muslims with the same goal, how much more so Christians if Christianity is indeed true, our God real and powerful, and His teachings/Word most relevant?

Deuteronomy 32:1-43 is the only part of the Bible God explicitly tells His people to memorize, so that seems like the best place to start.

Since there are multiple different Bible manuscripts, I have chosen the ones traditionally accepted by Orthodox Judaism and Eastern Orthodox Christianity respectively, mainly for simplicity, stability, and to minimize needless controversy.

Also, the advice to kings of making their own handwritten copy of the whole law of God (in the original languages) sounds like good advice for Bible memorization as well.

Whether or not I start a class for this purpose like the Muslims (know anyone interested in attending/sending their kids to it?), I figure a good way to test my memorization is to write out the entire Bible from memory, then compare it to the manuscript I memorized it from.

I’m the only one I know ANYWHERE seriously trying to do this, with my primary purpose being to obey all God’s commands, so anyone else wishing to do this, please let’s be in touch for mutual help and encouragement!




 

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