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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get certified in Aperture 3
A certification plan

One Month to Glory!

June 29 – July 5
  • Complete Lesson 9
  • Review Lessons 1-3
  • Complete Lesson 6
  • Review Lessons 4-6
July 6 – July 12
  • Complete Lesson 7
  • Complete Lesson 8
  • Review Lessons 7-9
  • Complete Lesson 10

Flowers and Leaves

July 13 – July 19
  • Complete Lesson 11
  • Complete Lesson 12
  • Review Lesson 10-12
  • Complete Lesson 13
  • Request codes
July 20 – July 26
  • Review Lessons 1-13
  • Take Certification exam

get certified in Logic Pro 9
Very tough, but I pulled it off

I went from never having used Logic Pro six months ago to earning my certification today. My best resource was the Peachpit Press book by David Nahmani. I worked through the entire book TWICE. I also used, but I found that watching the videos was not at all helpful for a complete beginner. A little persistence goes a long way.

Read the entire Bible (read all 25 entries…)
Woo-hoo! Finally finished Revelation!

I read the OT over a few months, then stopped…for four years.

shoot a deer. dress it. freeze it. eat it.

1. Buy a freezer
2. Learn how to shoot
3. Find some people to hunt with

buy a cool vintage bicycle. paint it orange and trick it out with saddlebags.
Go pay downpayment

1. Next $150 I have to spare goes to bicycle

get beautiful sleeves/scars (read all 2 entries…)
Draw concepts for my first sleeve

1. Capture twenty images that inspire

get beautiful sleeves/scars (read all 2 entries…)
Find excellent artists in Texas

1. Text Sarah (Make me look like “this”)
2. Visit four shops/shops’ web pages

USE MY GIFTS of intelligence and curiosity to serve others (read all 2 entries…)
Pathways to Curiosity

1. Apply myself more to the Pigs. Think of some ways I can inspire curiosity and help others through my club.

2. Read! Good books! Weekly!

3. Reach out in big and small ways to the rest of the team at work.

Live in gratitude & be happy even if the rest of the things on this list never happen (read all 106 entries…)
Painless Technology

Today I am grateful for…

My iPhone
Yes, it’s just a 3GS. But it’s also a ridiculously fast computer in my pocket. And it friggin’ talks to SPACE!

I have 20,000 songs through iTunes Match and millions of songs through Spotify and Pandora. That’s 10 MILLION songs, in my front pocket!

My iPhone takes better pictures than my first digital camera, with unlimited storage in the cloud. I can Photoshop my photos and share them with my friends instantly.

It is a marvel of technology that my ancestors couldn’t even DREAM about. It is the only piece of technology that has transformed my life.

I’m grateful to the brilliant people who created the technology and infrastructure that made my iPhone possible.

My girlfriend
She’s beautiful. She loves me like nobody has ever loved me before. We have an incredible bond. I’m madly in love with her. For this, I am grateful.

my dentist visit
I’m grateful for the competent dentist. I didn’t get him yesterday, but today he was there. They gave me a deal (I think). It was only $145 out of pocket. I’m most grateful that I can have surgery with almost zero pain. Thank GOD (or at least hundreds of smart people’s ingenuity) for painless medicine.

buy and read every title in "The New Lifetime Reading Plan" : Read dozens of major works of literature, poetry, and philosophy over the next forty years. (read all 10 entries…)
Start with Shakespeare and Plato

1. Finish the Bible
2. Read a dialogue a week for several weeks.


Read the entire Bible (read all 25 entries…)
Focus on ENJOYING the process and on LEARNING

I’ve become too serious about this project. What’s the point if I’m not enjoying it?

Also, Acts through Revelation is only 166 pages! I could easily do that over a weekend

1. Read twenty pages a night for two weeks. Take time and enjoy the process.

give women orgasms (read all 3 entries…)
One woman! :0)

I’m getting pretty good at this. The fact that I’m madly in love with her helps.

1. Keep things exciting by finding ways to surprise her

2. Read a few chapters from “Guide to Getting it On,” “The Whole Lesbian Sex Book,” and “The Joy of Sex” for ideas

3. Go to The Velvet Box again for something exciting

experience awe
Write a list of places in a three state area that could inspire awe

1. Brainstorm twenty places with Aston
2. Call Myles and ask him
3. Make a plan to go to three of them in the next few years

practice like Coltrane (read all 13 entries…)
Find out how Coltrane practiced

1. Read the Coltrane biography again
2. Log twenty hours a week for four weeks

get more Zappa
ask cool people for their Zappa

1. Ask Paul for his Zappa (Dropbox?)

compel you to dance, dammit! (read all 2 entries…)
2 of 20

Tubthumping: Chumbwamba
Bandages: Hot Hot Heat

compel you to dance, dammit! (read all 2 entries…)
Add twenty songs to the list

1. Ask twenty people for their SONG
2. Keep 5

Live in gratitude & be happy even if the rest of the things on this list never happen (read all 106 entries…)
Fairmount and Health

Today I’m grateful that…

I live in an interesting beautiful neighborhood

I LOVE Fairmount. It’s the next best thing to living in Austin. The houses are all great old homes. People walk and bicycle around. There are fantastic restaurants and bars up the street. I go do yoga at my roommates studio whenever I feel like it. Love, love, love!

I have a healthy, strong body

I did yoga for an hour outside today. I’m grateful that my body is strong and healthy. I’ve never had any major health issues. I don’t have to work very hard to stay fit. I couldn’t really ask for a better body.

Live in gratitude & be happy even if the rest of the things on this list never happen (read all 106 entries…)
Remembering Gratitude

Today I am grateful for…

An air-conditioned bus
Apple buys Aston and me a bus pass every month. It would cost a hundred bucks. It beats the hell out of walking!

A free Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
I ran into Jenna. She’s a waitress down here. She bought me a drink.

Resurrecting my gratitude journal
I’m excited to pick up the practice of journaling again.

practice meditative yoga for AT LEAST 30 min a day 3 days a week, and at least 1 hour a day another 3 days a week for one month. (read all 2 entries…)
Let's do it! (Life's waiting)

Yellow Flower

1. Set alarms for the next five days
2. Send text messages to my trainer every time I practice
3. Commit to it on Facebook
4. Have a sense of humor, but be very serious about it

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