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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kateivy's Life List

  1. 1. learn capoeira
    1 entry
    611 people
  2. 2. Exercise at least 3 times a week
    284 people
  3. 3. be more healthy
    1 cheer
    275 people
  4. 4. get a flat stomach
    1,087 people
  5. 5. Be the best mom I can be
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    219 people
  6. 6. learn to speak french
    1,810 people
  7. 7. save the world
    1 entry
    1,358 people
  8. 8. Learn to play the guitar
    1 entry
    13,736 people
  9. 9. Master a Martial Art
    79 people
  10. 10. leave notes in library books
    589 people
  11. 11. Create a Family Crest or Coat of Arms
    1 entry
    1,086 people
  12. 12. learn poi
    180 people
  13. 13. learn to speak and write Japanese
    117 people
  14. 14. make $10,000 per month
    1 entry
    1 person
  15. 15. Make a time-capsule
    15 people
  16. 16. Carve a Mask
    4 people
  17. 17. learn how to make blog templates
    72 people
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make $10,000 per month
Why $10K?

A couple of reasons:

1. Its not greedy – $10,000 per month isn’t really that much when you think about it – just $120,000 per year and that’s pocket change to the wealthy.

2. Its enough – While $10K per month isn’t some obscene “I want it all!” kind of cash, it is plenty for me. I can pay down my bills, give my folks a comfortable retirement and continue to fund my own as well.

3. Its a nice round number – I’ve decided that the reason I spent so many years “just getting by” is because that’s what I aimed for. Even now, I know my monthly bills and that’s the figure I tend to shoot for when booking new gigs. It stands to reason then that I just need to shoot for something other than my “just getting by” amount and $10K per month is a nice, easy figure to remember.

save the world
How to Save the World?

I’ve been giving this one some thought and what I came up with is this: the world will have to “save” itself which will happen through change… so then the question becomes, how do we change the world?

I think alot of our answers are right here. Just look at what people are wanting to do – learn to dance, learn to sing, be happy, fall in love, leave notes in library books…

What if money didn’t buy happiness? What if people began to discover all the wonderful opportunities for happiness out there that are just waiting on them? What if one by one, people stopped looking for the empty “bottom line” and instead started looking for a “higher existence”? Then things like living green, making peace and feeding the hungry would be second nature. It would be a “given”. We wouldn’t need laws to tell us not to rape or murder – we would just never consider doing such things.

So changing the world means changing its perception.

And how do we do that?

By example of course :)

I imagine that there are more of “us” than there are of “them”. The majority of people in the world just want to live happy and peaceful lives. The average person doesn’t care about weapons and power and world dominance… we’re just looking for a way to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table while allowing us some free time to enjoy family and friends. We don’t require trillions of dollars to enjoy life and we don’t care if someone else has different religious beliefs than our own. We just want to exist in harmony. Be free to pursue our own path and discover our own potential. We believe in truth, freedom and brotherly love.

All we have to do now is figure out how to mobilize and inspire the rest of our “team”!

learn capoeira
1st on my list

I’ve seen this before and its soooo beautiful! I’m bumping this to the top of my list and even went to last night and tried some of the basic moves! How fun :)

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