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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Jaryd Madlena

is trying to improve.

I'm doing 31 things

Jaryd Madlena's Life List

  1. 1. follow God's plan
    3 cheers
    2 people
  2. 2. start a non profit organization
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    55 people
  3. 3. Learn to play the banjo
    4 entries . 1 cheer
    493 people
  4. 4. raise $80,000 to build a Habitat for Humanity home
    2 entries . 4 cheers
    1 person
  5. 5. have a representative from Habitat for Humanity speak at school
    1 person
  6. 6. be more truthful
    1 entry
    28 people
  7. 7. Own my own movie theater
    3 entries . 2 cheers
    11 people
  8. 8. Read more
    2 entries
    9,074 people
  9. 9. go to bed earlier and wake up earlier
    3 entries . 1 cheer
    63 people
  10. 10. wake up when my alarm clock goes off
    3 entries
    7,415 people
  11. 11. Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    2 people
  12. 12. stop biting my nails
    7 entries
    7,261 people
  13. 13. spend less time on the internet
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1,066 people
  14. 14. blog more
    1 entry
    545 people
  15. 15. take more photographs
    2 entries
    1,731 people
  16. 16. flickr more
    2 people
  17. 17. Perform deliberate acts of kindness.
    1 entry
    28 people
  18. 18. Show kindness to a stranger (Pay It Forward)
    4 team members . 1 entry
    9 people
  19. 19. intern at World Vision
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    1 person
  20. 20. go on a road trip with no predetermined destination
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    21,510 people
  21. 21. design and build my own house
    1 entry
    1,769 people
  22. 22. donate plasma
    142 people
  23. 23. start a think tank
    1 entry
    9 people
  24. 24. take a picture every day
    1 entry
    322 people
  25. 25. form a junto
    1 person
  26. 26. donate bone marrow
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    137 people
  27. 27. Attend a TED Conference
    21 people
  28. 28. Speak at the TED conference
    2 people
  29. 29. invest in microfinance
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    4 people
  30. 30. be a mentor
    229 people
  31. 31. meditate daily
    4,818 people

How I did it
How to learn to do an aerial
It took me
1 day
It made me

How to learn to do a backflip
It took me
6 months
It made me

How to learn to slack line
It took me
1 month
It made me

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Recent entries
donate bone marrow

I registered for the national bone marrow database a month or two ago when I went to donate blood. Super easy: swabbed my cheek a few times and bingo, someone has another shot at life.

The odds are narrow that I will be matched, and I know it will hurt when they are taking the marrow, but something so small can totally turn someone’s life around. I don’t know how I would feel about myself if I didn’t do this.

take more photographs (read all 2 entries…)
New Camera

I just bought a Canon EOS Rebel XTi 400D. It includes 4 lenses, some filters, tripod, and a case, as well as 16GB compact flash card. All for $680! I can’t wait for it to arrive so I can improve my photography skills even more.

Learn to play the banjo (read all 4 entries…)
Steadily Getting Better

I’ve been practicing almost every day for a while now, and I’ve increased my repertoire quite a bit. It gets more and more fun as I learn more songs, too.

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