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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magnitobauer's Life List

  1. 1. get into medical school
    358 people
  2. 2. get a dog
    3,997 people
  3. 3. quit wasting money
    4 people
  4. 4. really help the environment
    1 person
  5. 5. run for president
    65 people
  6. 6. get a real job
    333 people
  7. 7. own a car
    484 people
  8. 8. be at peace with myself
    283 people
  9. 9. eat healthier
    11,202 people
  10. 10. try a new food
    21 people
  11. 11. learn to shoot
    69 people
  12. 12. find a soulmate
    135 people
  13. 13. see Pearl Jam live
    71 people
  14. 14. own a house
    2,283 people
  15. 15. Join Doctors Without Borders
    1 cheer
    71 people
  16. 16. Summit Mt. Rainier
    1 cheer
    190 people
  17. 17. Become a physician
    1 cheer
    26 people
  18. 18. date a guy like Eddie Vedder
    1 cheer
    2 people
  19. 19. live clutter-free
    5 people
  20. 20. go surfing
    493 people
  21. 21. lose twenty pounds
    264 people
  22. 22. Be accepted to the University of Virginia
    5 people
  23. 23. Get a 4.0 for one semester
    4 people
  24. 24. organize my life
    974 people
  25. 25. exercise regularly
    10,853 people
  26. 26. master Spanish
    76 people
  27. 27. Camp at the bottom of the Grand Canyon
    5 people
  28. 28. make a painting I'm proud of
    1 person
  29. 29. save money
    16,491 people
  30. 30. move out of my parents' house
    1,334 people
  31. 31. See Jack Johnson in concert
    71 people
  32. 32. learn to ski
    959 people
  33. 33. learn to scuba dive
    2,697 people
  34. 34. read all of John Steinbeck's books
    2 people
  35. 35. swim with a killer whale
    2 people
  36. 36. overcome my fear of flying
    84 people
  37. 37. get a good score on the MCAT
    82 people
  38. 38. learn how to cook
    1,731 people
  39. 39. see Dave Matthews Band play at the Gorge
    1 cheer
    1 person
Recent entries
register to vote

I registered to vote (something I’ve fantasized about since I was six and got to tour the White House and wave at Bill Clinton’s motorcade) on the morning of my eighteenth birthday, and it was GLORIOUS. My first vote was on the Feb. 5 Arizona primary and it was the most satisfying thing I’ve ever done. :)

pass the AP United States history exam

After a HORRIBLE year with a teacher I clashed with every step of the way, I gave her the ultimate middle finger by not only passing a test she thought I was too stupid for, but achieving the highest grade in doing so. I studied like crazy and it paid off, because I felt so confident when I finally sat down to take the test. The only thing I couldn’t remember was all of Woodrow Wilson’s points of peace.

volunteer at the hospital

During the summer of 2007, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work in the OR at the VA medical center here in Phoenix. It was undoubtedly one of the best choices I’ve ever made for myself and I learned so much about what it takes to work in medicine—and that I really do want to be a physician.

Aside from doing tasks around like hospital, I was able to observe several surgeries that solidified my love of medicine, hospitals and doctors. Whenever I become distracted from my goal, I always have this amazing experience to look back on and remind myself what lies at the end of the road.

I would highly recommend an opportunity like this to anyone interested in medicine, nursing, etc.


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