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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Jeff Welton




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Jeff Welton's Life List

  1. 1. Learn sign language
    1 entry . 242 cheers
    8,503 people
  2. 2. Increase my vocabulary
    15 entries . 157 cheers
    725 people
  3. 3. Visit Ireland and England (do some genealogy)
    146 cheers
    1 person
  4. 4. Write a full length play and have it produced
    1 entry . 137 cheers
    2 people
  5. 5. Travel the United States with my one-man show
    107 cheers
    1 person
  6. 6. Be more fluent in German
    105 cheers
    4 people
  7. 7. Be a tourist in my own town (visit 20 sites I have never been to before)
    3 entries . 90 cheers
    5 people
  8. 8. Meet all my neighbors
    7 entries . 88 cheers
    6 people
  9. 9. Improve my posture
    1 entry . 89 cheers
    2,721 people
  10. 10. Visit a shut-in
    79 cheers
    1 person
  11. 11. Take singing lessons
    74 cheers
    932 people
  12. 12. Karaoke more often
    2 entries . 70 cheers
    18 people
  13. 13. Play trombone again
    65 cheers
    7 people
  14. 14. Visit Crater Lake and climb the cinder cone
    1 entry . 58 cheers
    1 person
  15. 15. Do the Couch to 5k running plan
    56 cheers
    354 people
  16. 16. Become a better photographer
    1 entry . 58 cheers
    1,998 people
  17. 17. Know at least one person from each state
    4 entries . 51 cheers
    5 people
  18. 18. Read Parent & Child magazine's 100 "Greatest Books for Kids" to my daughter
    24 entries . 48 cheers
    1 person
  19. 19. Get down to 170 pounds
    4 entries . 42 cheers
    7 people
  20. 20. Climb the Koln Cathedral again and eat a potato pancake in the plaza
    39 cheers
    1 person
  21. 21. Buy a good camera for long range bird photos
    1 entry . 35 cheers
    2 people
  22. 22. Learn additional swing dance steps
    3 entries . 34 cheers
    1 person
  23. 23. Always have something to look forward to
    25 cheers
    139 people
  24. 24. Do research on the 10-year rule
    25 cheers
    1 person
  25. 25. Keep my NY state teacher certification valid by taking 175 hours of professional development before June 30, 2017
    11 entries . 21 cheers
    1 person
  26. 26. Teach at the Nature Pilgrimage
    25 cheers
    1 person
  27. 27. Visit Oleg in Russia
    21 cheers
    1 person
  28. 28. Watch all of the movies in the AFI top 100 list
    34 entries . 24 cheers
    1 person
  29. 29. Get accepted to the Honeywell Advanced Space Academy
    1 entry . 24 cheers
    1 person
  30. 30. Go to Schlitterbahn Water Park in Texas
    22 cheers
    3 people
  31. 31. Create and sell stamp advent calendars
    20 cheers
    1 person
  32. 32. Perform my "continuous" theater idea
    19 cheers
    1 person
  33. 33. Play Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie and Franz Liebkind in The Producers
    20 cheers
    1 person
  34. 34. Get a NYFA grant
    2 entries . 20 cheers
    3 people
  35. 35. Find out where William Porter Welton (Great Great Great Grandfather) came from
    14 cheers
    1 person
  36. 36. Watch a live taping of Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me in Chicago
    13 cheers
    1 person
  37. 37. Get chimney swifts to nest in our yard
    1 entry . 13 cheers
    1 person
  38. 38. Visit Evegeny in Leipzig
    1 entry . 11 cheers
    1 person
  39. 39. Read all of the books on The Friendswood library list of 150 Best English Language Novels of the 20th century
    11 entries . 10 cheers
    1 person
  40. 40. Read 30 dystopian novels
    8 entries . 9 cheers
    1 person
  41. 41. Create an award winning display for the PSS Convention
    1 entry . 8 cheers
    1 person
  42. 42. Read Parent & Child magazine's 100 "Greatest Books for Kids" to my son
    8 cheers
    1 person

How I did it
How to create a personal board of directors
It took me
2 years
It made me


How to get my teacher's certification.
It took me
4 years
It made me


Recent entries
meet all my neighbors (read all 7 entries…)
Houses on both sides sold

Next door right – Mark & Stacey, dogs Abby and Deuce
Next door left – Cathy and ? and the other tenant? and landlord?
2 down left – Earle and JoAnn
3 down left – would like to meet this couple and young children
4 down left – Joe and Jan and their two dogs
Across the street – Laura and John, Katie and ?, ?, ?
Way down the street – Diane and Skip
Should learn the couple that remember Evelyn’s name



Read 30 dystopian novels (read all 8 entries…)
#14 Armageddon's Children

Armageddon’s Children by Terry Brooks. Really liked it although there is no resolution and it’s all just set up for the next two books. I was worried when he introduced so many storylines but it wasn’t overwhelming. The characters are also captivating.



Read all of the books on The Friendswood library list of 150 Best English Language Novels of the 20th century (read all 11 entries…)
#43 - Brideshead Revisited

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. Some decent sections but most of it I just tried to get through.



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