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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Help My Son Do Well In His Exams
Fairuz - Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (3rd Nov 2014 - 2nd Dec 2014)

Fairuz will be sitting for his major school examination in November, about 5 months from now. This exam is a primary exam, the culmination of his 11 years of schooling, and will determine his future – whether he will be accepted into College or University.

He is not faring well in his studies – as well as he needs to – despite having tuitions and a private tutor. At this point of time, I should intervene to see how he is progressing and what needs to be done to steer him on track.

5 months to go is not much time, but at least we can cover some areas of his studies if not all of them.

Have a totally different life by this time next year (read all 10 entries…)
Things I Live For

marketing (read all 4 entries…)
Introduce a new marketing to the office

Brought Mr Shu, a new possible marketing partner, to meet the MD. We’ll see how he performs.

Become a healer
It took me 5 years to become a Reiki Master

I stumbled across some fliers on Reiki way back a long, long time ago, but I dismissed it, thinking that it’s a very expensive way of getting some fluffy, intangible stuff. Then, after many years, someone opened a Reiki Center at a place I regularly go to, yet I still ignored it.

One day, without any pre-conceived plan, I went up a mountain to meditate. At night on the mountain, I went to a small town where there was a cybercafe and found someone over the internet to attune me to Reiki over distance.

When I came down from the mountain, I popped over to the Reiki Center to get a one-to-one attunement. The Master looked at me in disbelief and asked me a few penetrating questions about Reiki before he was convinced to open up the iron grill and let me in.

The first night after the attunement, I felt tinglings in my finger tips in the small hours of morning. With some practice, I found that I can let others feel this sensation from my fingers without touching them too.

After several months of practice, the Master allowed me to take the 2nd Step attunement. He also thought me the symbols although I’ve read about them on the Internet. There is a big, practical difference between reading about them on the Net and taking them from a Master. The personal touch is very important.

I was allowed to take a Provisional Master attunement after a couple of years. During this time, I would go and meditate with the Master in ridiculous places, but he was still not convinced enough to allow me to become a Full Master.

It was only after many requests and 5 years that the Master was fully convinced that I am appropriate to go for the Full Master. He also passed me the Master Symbol at the event. A Reiki Master can attune others to Reiki until they become Masters in their own rights, and my Master wasn’t going to pass on this ability to those who would use them blatantly or for commercial purposes.

For those who are pursuing the same path, I strongly encourage them to persevere and keep their spirits up. Practice the precepts of Reiki and be mindful about them. Study the tenets of your religion or Beliefs, or Buddhism, and try to live them – the Spiritual part. You know what they say about the difference between Religion and Spirituality. It is through this that one’s closeness to the Reiki is developed. Oh, and practice regularly.

meditate daily (read all 3 entries…)
My study notes on related body of knowledge

meditate daily (read all 3 entries…)
A Road Map

Start at the bottom and move to the top

meditate daily (read all 3 entries…)
Knowledge and Conversation

Taking this to the next level

marketing (read all 4 entries…)
Customer Services Group

Also joined a Customer Services Group on LinkedIn to enhance experience sharing in this key focus area -×37gUJywxZKYZQfsmK_ja1ueraOgM6b8RdDEYg7_KS97MspEb5r6KS9_SeKy7jG8nni2YFsM_cLa-bGynoktbY7xMS3rZ8o8R3KHeIrDbFQMYbGHcQjuediawzfDDQfkP370eSThZRXYZ8f8DGwTeU8hv1GxMPOs7GB8c06hKZ3wPOG8cKMyZd7aw-GxM6GJZWTgK0jYxSvCa_G8e6rHSlGiwdfxnpfkeOb0el7Ui1K7bpo2ZBrueFj_DP3xS6OkxOTUk5lnFN

marketing (read all 4 entries…)
Sales Best Practices

Joining a good discussion group on LinkedIn that puts together serious marketers from all over the world – intend to contribute nore to the discussion once I get a swing on things

Have a totally different life by this time next year (read all 10 entries…)
New Data Comm Opportunity

It’s a flu day, but addressed a new opportunity today in data communications. Showed the main contractors how they can simplify their design and reduce the number of components used. They are keen to meet over the weekend.

Have a totally different life by this time next year (read all 10 entries…)
Growing Again

After almost 3 years of tractionless effort in every direction, we’re finally awarded the 6 million contract we’ve been fighting for. It means a lot to us, in terms of growth and survival. Now it’s time to work and justify our customers’ faith.

Have a totally different life by this time next year (read all 10 entries…)
Interview A Promising Marketing Candidate

Although we have good products and an experienced technical team, our drawback had always been the lack of a strong marketing and sales department. A pretty good candidate came our way during the week and today we had a good chat checking out one another.

He had a track record in penetrating accounts and had established a network of customers in one of our target industries. He has no qualms picking up knowledge on unfamiliar territories and appear to be capable of complementing each other.

If all goes well, hopefully he will be joining us and help us close this critical gap in our team.

marketing (read all 4 entries…)

Going to improve on marketing and customer relations

focus (read all 3 entries…)
Have to enjoy doing what you do

In order to focus, you have to be emotionally engaged with what you are doing. The more emotionally engaged you are in it, the stronger your focus. You may have to see things in a different perspective to like doing what you do. Habits have a big impact too, as it creates inertia to stay out of focus. Getting into the grove is the way to get started.

Have a totally different life by this time next year (read all 10 entries…)
Using These Apps

Am using these apps to measure my efforts

1. – to manage tasks
2. – project timekeeping
3. – automatic time recording

Have a totally different life by this time next year (read all 10 entries…)
3 Things since last night

Met a long time friend last night. He had some new initiatives and we made some initial exploration.

Have worked on this tough document for 3 days and 2 nights, and today pushed for its finalization during a meeting so that we can send it for the final process.

Met on the small year end project that’s coming up and was briefed on next moves. Discussed and delegated actions.

Still 2 major outstandings -

Something for TW, revise the paper for TM and the answer to LM. TW and TM are ultra urgent, especially TW.

read 2 books every month (read all 2 entries…)
Benchmarking Book

Managed to cover about 5-6 pages this afternoon. I am really not having enough time to pursue the reading on a persistent and continued basis for now.

Make sure my children know how much I love them (read all 4 entries…)
Small Little Steps Today

All the kids are back from College and we have a full house today. I can only manage to show my continued love to the growing up and still growing children in small, little ways today – got a return flight ticket for my daughter to visit her mum next week, went out for lunch with the family at a simple chinese restaurant and planning to hold a modest barbeque dinner tonight.

Have a totally different life by this time next year (read all 10 entries…)
Working Overnight At The Office

With market awareness gaining momentum, we are hard pressed for capable resources to complete our sales cycles. Last night I stayed overnight at the office to ensure that we complete a request from a client that is important for them to work out their purchasing budget, which will lead to their purchasing decision.

Make sure my children know how much I love them (read all 4 entries…)
Taught My Son About Levers

Spending my son about 1 hour to teach him about levers was the way to show my love for him last night

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