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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I'm doing 22 things

jadehu's Life List

  1. 1. go on a road trip with no predetermined destination
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    21,500 people
  2. 2. travel the world
    2 cheers
    21,175 people
  3. 3. backpack
    109 people
  4. 4. learn french
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    12,884 people
  5. 5. Learn Spanish
    2 cheers
    18,259 people
  6. 6. learn japanese
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    10,794 people
  7. 7. live in the moment
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    2,077 people
  8. 8. Learn to cook
    3 cheers
    10,169 people
  9. 9. Volunteer
    5,550 people
  10. 10. wake up when my alarm clock goes off
    1 cheer
    7,414 people
  11. 11. Get more sleep
    4,453 people
  12. 12. backpack through Europe
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    5,131 people
  13. 13. Kiss in the rain
    15,004 people
  14. 14. go horseback riding
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    623 people
  15. 15. Graduate
    2,329 people
  16. 16. learn 5 languages
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    134 people
  17. 17. travel alone
    394 people
  18. 18. be financially independent
    1 cheer
    1,661 people
  19. 19. au pair
    6 people
  20. 20. learn to cook. Really cook.
    1,689 people
  21. 21. learn german
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    5,480 people
  22. 22. write a book
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    31,381 people

How I did it
How to become an au pair
It took me
450 days
It made me
feel accomplished.

How to visit Japan
It took me
7 days
It made me
feel blessed

How to learn german
It took me
18 months
It made me
feel empowered.

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Recent entries
work abroad
Opens your mind to the world!!

I interned in the Indian Himalayans at a social enterprise, working on improving the local environment, albeit it was only baby steps.

I applied through my university (keep an eye out for such opportunities) when there was a program looking to send students interested in entrepreneurship out to India to gain some working experience.

The wonderful experience of living in a Himalayan village for seven weeks, with my window framing a beautiful view of snow capped mountains and a summer stream trickling right next to my room, lulling me to sleep…

It was unnerving at first (thankfully I had 3 other interns with me), and learning to live outside my comfort zone was not easy. Yet, by the time I was set to leave, I couldn’t bear to leave the friendships I’ve made with the locals and the lovely fresh mountain air behind.

If you have a chance to work abroad, don’t hesitate. Just go! Because if you don’t throw caution to the wind, and explore your own limits, you might not get another chance. :-)

learn 5 languages
Learning a little at a time!

So far, I have:

1. Mandarin Chinese – Native
2. English – Fluent
3. Cantonese Chinese – Conversational
4. German – Basic (Took classes for 1.5 years)
5. French – Taking classes now
6. Japanese – Self-Learning

Planning to focus on French from now on; take some serious classes starting 2010 and work on writing as well. French seems to have less complex grammar rules than German.

Hoping to go to Japan after graduation to learn Japanese. This one is not entirely functional anywhere other than in Japan, but it’d be really cool to know how to speak and write Japanese.

I know it’s not 5, but some people consider Mandarin and Cantonese both Chinese. I’d also consider learning Hindi, Arabic and Spanish to conquer the whole world…almost, anyway. :)

Cheers to all who aspire to learn as many languages as their tongues can handle.

learn german (read all 2 entries…)
7 months into learning German

Deutsch macht viel spaβ!
I learnt this phrase during one of my first few lessons. And boy, is this phrase useful, because nowadays I keep using it!

There are tough times learning Deutsch, especially when it comes to memorising the articles and imperfect verbs, but it feels good to know that I am learning something that will open many doors for me in the future.

Do cheer me on if you are like me too! We can do this together. Prost!

Viele Liebe XXOO

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