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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oldricecooker's Life List

  1. 1. be famous for being myself
    4 people
  2. 2. be fluent in japanese
    1 entry
    287 people
  3. 3. excersise more
    51 people
  4. 4. learn to play guitar
    1 entry
    5,062 people
  5. 5. go to a kanjani8 concert
    1 cheer
    2 people
  6. 6. meet kanjani8
    1 cheer
    3 people
  7. 7. meet the chefs on Food Network
    3 people
  8. 8. see jack's mannequin live
    9 people
  9. 9. have artistic talents
    2 people
  10. 10. gain more confidence
    115 people

How I did it
How to decide what the hell I would like to do with the rest of my life
It took me
16 years
It made me

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be fluent in Japanese
some advice

i think if you have a strong basic foundation, a good way to learn is through jpop and japanese dramas. i’ve only been seriously studying for a year and a half or so, but i’m nearly fluent in speaking (but i also have a job where i’m forced to converse with japanese tourists).

you hear a lot in j-dramas and you just pick it up like snap. and with jpop, i just listen to it everyday. if there’s a word i don’t know, i just look it up. this way may sound really dumb, but it’s worked pretty good for me.

it also presents the language to you in an everyday usage situation versus textbooks that may only teach you the formal way to speak.

Stop caring what other people think of me

this one guy i used to be friends with totally broke my friends heart over a bet. he’s such an asshole. but a popular asshole. he’s done tons of horrible things before, and he hates me and i hate him now. all his friends (which is a lot of people) don’t like me either. and it’s like, i really don’t care. YOU are the asshole, and you guys are the idiots following this asshole. all of these people are just wasting a lot of time hating me, because i really don’t care what fake lies you say about me and i don’t care what you think of me. before, i would have probably just gotten over it (like how all my other friends have) but i’m not going to settle with him doing that shit as if it’s OKAY or something. you have to stand up for what’s right, even if you’re standing alone.

have short hair

i’ve had long hair all my life, and i’ve been wanting to cut it for a few years. i finally did a couple weeks ago. at first i kind of didn’t like it, but now i like it.

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