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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nyleslaw's Life List

  1. 1. be a good father
    2 entries . 5 cheers
    678 people
  2. 2. Be a better husband
    2 entries . 4 cheers
    562 people
  3. 3. Lose 40 pounds
    5 entries
    1,907 people
  4. 4. get more energy
    1 cheer
    53 people
  5. 5. Learn to type
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    301 people
  6. 6. jump rope
    3 entries
    42 people
  7. 7. Learn to play guitar
    1 entry
    5,062 people
  8. 8. Fix my house
    1 cheer
    44 people
  9. 9. Buy a pair of sunglasses
    1 entry
    1 person
  10. 10. pray more
    1 cheer
    3,199 people
  11. 11. buy a convertable
    1 entry
    12 people
  12. 12. write a book
    31,381 people
  13. 13. dress better
    1,309 people
  14. 14. read all of the classics
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    26 people
  15. 15. try standup
    1 cheer
    3 people
  16. 16. furnish my house
    18 people
  17. 17. Get organized
    6,534 people
  18. 18. Travel to Italy
    1 cheer
    1,113 people
  19. 19. Be a better boss
    1 cheer
    21 people
  20. 20. grow my business
    1 cheer
    222 people
  21. 21. learn algebra
    1 cheer
    55 people
  22. 22. See the grand canyon
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1,042 people
  23. 23. meet my neighbors
    36 people
  24. 24. Play in a band
    362 people
  25. 25. Do the splits
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    2,308 people
  26. 26. learn kung fu
    803 people
  27. 27. write a short story
    1,176 people
  28. 28. write an episode to a sitcom
    1 cheer
    1 person
  29. 29. learn about my city
    1 cheer
    1 person
  30. 30. be involved in my city
    1 person
  31. 31. Geocache
    48 people
  32. 32. play the drums (again)
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    9 people
  33. 33. shoot a short film
    2 cheers
    12 people
  34. 34. memorize a deck of cards
    2 people
  35. 35. juggle
    121 people
  36. 36. learn to surf
    1 cheer
    8,132 people
  37. 37. weightlift
    7 people
  38. 38. get in touch with old friends
    1 cheer
    277 people
  39. 39. get great abs
    25 people
  40. 40. learn to cook
    1 cheer
    10,169 people
  41. 41. learn to draw
    2,398 people
  42. 42. learn about wine
    2 cheers
    840 people

How I did it
How to buy a new wedding band
It took me
2 weeks
It made me

Recent entries
lose 40 pounds (read all 5 entries…)
Half way there

So, I am half way to my goal. I am 5’10” and was pushing 231 lbs! I am around 211 – 212. Weekends are tough. The only time I have to exercise is in the morning. I lift weights for 20 minurtes and run for 30 minutes. It just does not seem to be enough. Dieting is difficult; I am trying everything , but weekends are hard! I like beer!

play the drums again
Well, it happened...

I was invited to play the role of one of the Beatles in a skit for a business association that I am involved with. Two of the guys were playing guitar and the other two were to pretend to play instruments. I volunteered that I could play the drums and I would gladly be “Ringo”. The next thing you know, my drums are retrieved from the cobwebs, dusted off, new heads, and the wife allows a $275.00 purchase for new high hats! It’s a 5 minute gig that could lead to the end of a long retirement from music in my life.

lose 40 pounds (read all 5 entries…)
Food and Friends on Day 13

It can be really difficult to stick with a diet when you dine with the same people at lunch every day. . . I had the audacity or maybe something quite the oposite, when I ordered a seafood salad on a bed of lettuce. So outraged was my dining companion that he emailed Maxim Magazine and is lobbying for a “Man Rule” that no man can order anything on a bed of lettuce. I’m trying to avoid carbs damnit and it is working quite well! I have lost about six or seven pounds already, Just 34lbs left.

I have not been exercising I really need to do that to speed up the weight loss. Cheers.

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