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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jordant

is moving towards his dreams, step-by-step.



I'm doing 32 things
 

jordant's Life List

  1. 1. Achieve increasing wisdom.
    1 person
  2. 2. Scrivere una favola/racconto breve e comunicarla con libro, disegni, animazioni, musica.
    1 person
  3. 3. Create an animated short film and/or an interactive story or sequence of environments with text..
    1 person
  4. 4. Create a music EP, as a concept story.
    1 person
  5. 5. Create sophisticated-looking animated cartoon scenarios.
    1 person
  6. 6. Wake up early, enjoy the morning.
    1 person
  7. 7. Learn Apple Motion and work with After Effects
    1 person
  8. 8. Create Quartz Composer interactive projects.
    1 person
  9. 9. Be concentrated.
    1 entry
    5 people
  10. 10. Aprirsi a nuovi modi di vivere e godere della vita.
    1 person
  11. 11. Liberarsi da legami e idee del passato.
    1 person
  12. 12. Be inspired by new movies, music, people, and places.
    1 person
  13. 13. Make 1200 euros per month
    1 person
  14. 14. Create a wonderful studio/laboratory space.
    1 person
  15. 15. Create that performance show.
    1 person
  16. 16. Develop games on a 3D engine - for computers, console and iPhone.
    1 person
  17. 17. Create a to-do and objective management application.
    1 person
  18. 18. Have a live studio site with studio news and projects.
    1 person
  19. 19. Get new albums to listen top to bottom.
    1 person
  20. 20. Meditate daily.
    4,818 people
  21. 21. Surround myself of quality people.
    1 person
  22. 22. Do film experiments.
    1 person
  23. 23. Trying something completely new never tried before. Such like making an invention.
    1 person
  24. 24. Have a beautiful home with living room and studio.
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    1 person
  25. 25. Do sports.
    28 people
  26. 26. Write a movie.
    132 people
  27. 27. Go to lot of different places; travel.
    1 person
  28. 28. Cook and taste many new foods.
    1 person
  29. 29. Create deep and spiritual experiences for awakened minds.
    1 person
  30. 30. Integrate interactive video in a game.
    1 person
  31. 31. Scrivere un messaggio di ispirazione per la mia generazione.
    1 person
  32. 32. Leggere i libri della saggezza antica.
    1 person
Recent entries
Have a beautiful home with living room and studio. (read all 2 entries…)
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Things to get for my studio:

- better table.
- printer/scanner areas.
- books on several disciplines of interest, such like 3D, game design, video and business/entrepreneurship.
- Coffee machine.
- VideoGame station.
- Waste bin.
- Stationery.
- Stuff to hang up, objects.



be concentrated.
Professionally speaking

Let’s picture my talent and professional ability as an untamed horse. Basically, it’s good to have it. He’s white and powerful, a wonderful stallion. He can do pretty much whatever he wants and go BEYOND where others stop. And win. He is a winner.

But as such a beautiful and proud horse, he needs to be tamed and that’s not close to easy.
In the last years, I think I have learned to tame the horse a little. He’s been resting for a while and now I’m slowly inviting him for a ride. He imemdiately wants to go fast. But I command him to go slower. Steady, but not at his whole capacity. It’d be a waste of energy.

Slowly, the horse learns discipline. With that, he is under control. He is tamed. He can win any race. He knows HOW to use his energy. He owns himself and uses his talent according to his free will. This exercise is called discipline and is not a result of fate, but his own decision. After all, he came in the world not to yeld, but to choose.

End of mystical talking. In practice:

For my professional life to work and grant me happiness, I first of all need clear objectives. After that, I need discipline in order to get things done. There are things that help me be spontaneusly disciplined, as I find that to be my true freedom. I have spent several months being “free” from objectives, timetables, or any restriction. That happened to be the worst and less productive time of my life. The most confusionary, and I felt into a cage which was my life itself. That wasn’t freedom.

With a clear professional objective, and a discipline to follow, I feel free. Timetables. Plans. Folders. I used to think I hated these things, that they would prevent my creativity. That isn’t true. Since I was a child I had the fixation of order. Maybe it’s just fixation, maybe it’s weird for some. But I know it makes me more productive and gives me the fun of working.

I’m not saying I should be an order maniac. I’m saying, little things like having my documents organized and not spread over my desktop, having a timetable, going to sleep and waking up at a certain hour, make me feel relaxed and in control of the big white horse. Otherwise, he runs and runs with no aim. And gets nowhere. And I despair as I lose him.

When I’m controlled, moderated, focused, then I can even be relaxed in chaos. It’s a delicate balance.



Have a beautiful home with living room and studio. (read all 2 entries…)
Home and studio

I want to make the living place different from the work space. I tend to obsess too much about my work, not enjoying doing it in the end and not giving space to real ideas. There is this obsessive type of thinking which I’ve seen in other clever people as well, but it really needs to be tamed if you ever want to do something good. Therefore, in order to have balance in my life, I need to separate the two things: professional space and relaxation, meditation, resting place. Of course I can have ideas for my work while watching TV or relaxing in a living space. But, still, my “studio” needs to be a separated space from, say, the confortable sofa where I’ll read books and drink tea. Also, I need to be far from computers several hours a day. As much as it is good to sit down and use programs for a while, it’s bad if it gets out of control, in my experience.

The studio space has got to have peculiar features. It is the place where I start my day, where I get busy, from where I develop new exciting ideas, feel the happiness of finishing a project, enjoy my professional life. This is for graphic, game and video design, and not for writing. For writing on my diary, or write other ideas, or an eventual story, I would choose to have a different spot with a slightly different atmosphere.

For the latter, I like a laptop over a big glass table. A table on which to place and view interior design and photography books is a main feature in my dream studio space. I would also like a small “lounge area” with sofa on which to read and drink, if I have space for that. If my studio is going to be my home as well, that would be the joint between home and studio space.

For the computer/design area, I want a separate table. Here, I would have my iMac or MacPro, connected to speakers. The table can well be of wood. Decoration here is relevant: right objects in the right places. Inspiring images, reminding me of positive things. Quotations, I guess. Souvenirs, gifts. And a panel on which to attach my designs and projects. Lighting is important, too: being at the computer with the right illumination, not too soft, not too strong. I guess a relevant item on my design area’s table would be the cappuccino or tea cup.

It’ll be an almost spiritual place where ideas flight and can be catched. A playful environment also, not too serious. This would boost creativity, good ideas, excitement.




 

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