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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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Kenneth Baucum

is writing a book!

I'm doing 40 things

Kenneth Baucum's Life List

  1. 1. Be closer to God
    1 entry . 7 cheers
    209 people
  2. 2. do my devotions daily
    47 people
  3. 3. to trust in the Lord in all matters.
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    0 people
  4. 4. Love More >> Galatians 5:22-23
    2 cheers
    1 person
  5. 5. Be joyful >> Galatians 5:22-23
    1 person
  6. 6. Have Peace >> Galatians 5:22-23
    1 person
  7. 7. Be Longsuffering >> Galatians 5:22-23
    2 people
  8. 8. Be Gentle >> Galatians 5:22-23
    1 person
  9. 9. Have Goodness >> Galatians 5:22-23
    1 person
  10. 10. Have Faith >> Galatians 5:22-23
    4 entries . 1 cheer
    1 person
  11. 11. Be Meek >> Galatians 5:22-23
    1 person
  12. 12. Show Temperance >> Galatians 5:22-23
    2 people
  13. 13. manage my finances better
    1 cheer
    132 people
  14. 14. Write a book
    2 entries
    31,381 people
  15. 15. live passionately
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    5,635 people
  16. 16. live each day as if it were my last, but learn each day as if I'll live forever
    2 cheers
    510 people
  17. 17. start a revolution
    1,013 people
  18. 18. make a difference
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    7,137 people
  19. 19. Help others find their passion in life
    1 entry . 4 cheers
    2 people
  20. 20. Put others in front of myself
    1 cheer
    1 person
  21. 21. Compose a symphony or musical
    3 cheers
    1 person
  22. 22. Make a soundtrack for my life
    2 cheers
    355 people
  23. 23. Save money for a roadtrip
    1 cheer
    1 person
  24. 24. Travel route 66
    112 people
  25. 25. get married
    3 cheers
    21,332 people
  26. 26. Start a family
    906 people
  27. 27. have conversations late into the night with fascinating people
    2,044 people
  28. 28. have the courage of my convictions
    5 people
  29. 29. pay off my student loans
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    2,981 people
  30. 30. Do city work from a city desk while living in the countryside
    1 person
  31. 31. Give someone else my version of the Ultimate Gift
    1 entry
    1 person
  32. 32. finish my degree
    2,533 people
  33. 33. Ride a train
    3 cheers
    153 people
  34. 34. Fly in a helicopter
    2 cheers
    276 people
  35. 35. start a non-profit
    369 people
  36. 36. Learn to play the guitar
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    13,736 people
  37. 37. Go overseas
    1 cheer
    123 people
  38. 38. make a music video
    1 cheer
    785 people
  39. 39. pay attention to details
    26 people
  40. 40. Be friends with someone who will check things I've done off my list when I am gone.
    1 entry
    1 person

How I did it
How to practice forgiveness.
It took me
23 years
It made me

How to give away things I dont need
It took me
1 month
It made me

How to make my own music
It took me
3 days
It made me

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Recent entries
write a book (read all 2 entries…)
Tipping Point

I’ve finally reached the tip­ping point between want­ing to write a book and actu­ally writ­ing a book. Granted, three chap­ters is not a book yet, and there’s still room to fail — but that’s why I need you!

You, a reader of my 43 things, have the power to share my story and help me remem­ber the wild and crazy things we’ve done through­out my life.

Read the first three chap­ters ( and if you remem­ber some­thing that we did that you think would be great to add, shoot it over to me at and I’ll put it in the timeline.

Ways you can help:

1. See a typo? Mes­sage me on Face­book. (
2. Share the Face­book page, that’s where the lat­est updates will be…(
3. Add to the non-stop action by send­ing me your side of our adven­tures — we’ll tell this story together!

write a book (read all 2 entries…)
From Words to Action

Could you take your passion in life, right now, and do it for the rest of your life, regardless of whether it ever earned a single cent? Would you continue to share your knowledge with the world for free? Is it worth sacrificing for?

The answers to these questions will help you identify your passion and determine just how passionate you truly are. Words are great, but what about action?

I’ve been thinking for the past two years about work and passion – including the relationship between the two. I’m looking at the idea of a zero-hour workweek, and the existence of true passion. A place where you are so passionate about what you do – your skills, talents and abilities that you share and contribute to the world – that you could care less if you ever earned another cent for it, and you would still sacrifice your time and possibly money to contribute that knowledge to others. Mix this idea with one where your work and play are indistinguishable from each other and your paid to merely do what you love. This is the Passionate Zero-Hour Workweek.

What is greatest about this is that anyone can do it. If and only if it is truly your passion and others can see that passion in you. There are people who do this everyday, and they are not all millionaires, but they are all happy – at least in a human sense, and at least temporarily. These concepts do, at first blush, leave God out. However for a Christian, this makes you reliant on God to help – for God to step toward the middle as you approach from the other side – and helps build your relationship with Him further.

I’ve found it takes a few restless nights and a couple heartbreaks to really start to wrap your head around the whole concept. Sometimes, you can’t fully get the idea until you’re at the bottom looking up. At some point, when you get it, and decide you’re dedicated enough and passionate enough to go for it – you’ll jump off the diving board at the top of this skyscraper of thought and you’ll trust God and trust (some of) your built-in instincts to build your own parachute on the way down, deploying it into the wind with enough time to glide over the ocean that separates thinkers from doers and finally come to rest on the other side in the Promised Land.

Turn your thoughts into action and succeed.

Learn to play the guitar
Milestones . . .

Step 1: Get excited—done!
Step 2: Buy guitar—done!
Step 3: Throw out all other to-do lists and spend too much time trying to master the guitar in one day. —done!
Step 4: Repeat step 3 on a smaller scale…

I’m now ready for step 4. Wish me luck!

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