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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rockerdaddy's Life List

  1. 1. clean the garage
    90 people
  2. 2. Learn to play a musical instrument
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    733 people
  3. 3. Do 200 situps
    39 people
  4. 4. declutter my life
    579 people
  5. 5. complete a video game
    9 people
  6. 6. learn to sew
    4,064 people
  7. 7. Do 200 squats
    12 people
  8. 8. do 100 pushups
    559 people
  9. 9. climb a mountain
    2,133 people
  10. 10. learn archery
    594 people
  11. 11. exercise regularly
    10,853 people
  12. 12. eat healthier
    11,202 people
  13. 13. Hike more
    339 people
  14. 14. ride my bike more
    1,015 people

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Learn to play a musical instrument (read all 2 entries…)
About practice...

Sometimes, a successful practice means “I practiced”.

Sometimes, it means, “I understand the notes I left for myself last time”.

Sometimes, it means, “Wait! I can play this bit of this tune now!”

Mostly, it means “maybe a tiny bit better”.

Learn to play a musical instrument (read all 2 entries…)
Start somewhere.

So I set this goal a long time ago. And…it sat.

In November of 2010, I realized I’ll never accomplish this goal if I don’t actually try. So, I found a teacher, and have officially been taking lessons in Irish fiddle for a few months now.

My current ‘task’, so to speak, is to practice daily. I get a lessons each week, and if I don’t practice, I suck. Realizing that there is no such thing as talent has been an awakening. It’s all about the practice and hard work.

Today’s practice was 30 minutes; I ran through scales, and practiced a few tunes (Boil ‘Em Cabbages, Egan’s Polka, Shortnin’ Bread, and part of Angeline the Baker).

The fears are that I’m too old…I don’t have the talent for it…I’ll never be able to be better than mediocre. Sorry, but that’s all bullshit. Natural talent is a myth. Practice, and you WILL get better. I can see it in myself. My teacher can see it. And my wife can see it.

I’m pushing 50. If I can commit to learning one of the most difficult instruments there is at my age, others can do so, too.

learn python (read all 2 entries…)

Got the job. :-) I’m still learning…not very good, even at basic scripting. But I’m still trying. I won’t consider this one done until I’m comfortable with the syntax and have written a few thigns without trouble.

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