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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djlwheeler08




I'm doing 29 things
 

djlwheeler08's Life List

  1. 1. become fluent in japanese
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    492 people
  2. 2. exercise daily for three months
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    1 person
  3. 3. Experience something new every month.
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    1 person
  4. 4. become better at conversation
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    19 people
  5. 5. Become Financially Independent
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    6,721 people
  6. 6. Do something practical with everything I've learned in school
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    1 person
  7. 7. Fit into my red button-down shirt again
    1 person
  8. 8. learn archery
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    594 people
  9. 9. Learn to drive a manual transmission
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    34 people
  10. 10. Make sure everything I do is worth doing
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    1 person
  11. 11. Learn how to properly shuffle cards
    1 person
  12. 12. Average 4 mph
    2 entries
    1 person
  13. 13. learn GO
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    33 people
  14. 14. Do a set of 100 pushups
    1 entry
    1 person
  15. 15. Advance space exploration science, industry, or technology
    2 cheers
    1 person
  16. 16. Get my daughter interested in science
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    1 person
  17. 17. Lose 90 pounds and keep it off
    1 person
  18. 18. Learn to fly
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    2,284 people
  19. 19. get a job in the space industry
    1 person
  20. 20. Develop a more thorough knowledge of calculus
    1 person
  21. 21. Lose 30 pounds
    3 entries . 1 cheer
    5,628 people
  22. 22. lose 60 pounds
    947 people
  23. 23. Start getting sufficient sleep every night
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    1 person
  24. 24. Design and build a nifty circuit
    1 person
  25. 25. Learn to do complicated arithmetic in my head in seconds
    1 cheer
    1 person
  26. 26. learn Poker
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    49 people
  27. 27. learn chess
    2 cheers
    153 people
  28. 28. teach my daughter to read
    2 entries . 3 cheers
    19 people
  29. 29. become debt free
    1 entry
    707 people

How I did it
How to graduate as an aerospace engineer
It took me
3 years
It made me


How to have a totally different life by this time next year
It took me
1 year
It made me


Recent entries
become debt free
Untitled

I’ve got around $3100 in small debts. I won’t even discuss student loans right now (ow…). In addition to that, I’ve had a lot of help from friends and family over the years and I feel some obligatory compensation is due. I haven’t been able to pay my debts since I’ve been in school, but now that I’ve graduated I have the time to focus my efforts. Finding a suitable job isn’t easy, but a temporary part-time job is my next goal to take care of the small debts.



Get an A on a flight dynamics test (read all 2 entries…)
Aced the Final

Got an A on the final, can’t get much better than that.



Average 4 mph (read all 2 entries…)
Harder than I expected

So it seems that an increase of 3/4 mph is actually pretty hard to do. I started out doing a full hour on the treadmill at 3.25 mph, and the plan was to continue going a full hour with a gradually increasing speed. The problem is that just a small increase in speed (even just 0.1 or 0.2 mph) can make it much harder to go the full hour. So far I’ve managed to go a full hour averaging around 3.72 mph and I’m having trouble going past that. I’ve decided to take another approach instead. I’ve found that I can average 4 mph with ease for a while if I alternate between 3 mph and 5 mph, but I start to tire out around half an hour. So I’ve decided to try going for half an hour and work up to a full hour. This way I get my nice 4.0 from the start and slowly build up my endurance to keep it up longer.



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