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.
1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?
because work improve us – even if we consider it as hard
3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
4. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
5. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
it’s a wonderful world – but would be just perfect without lies
6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
i’d grow up for real much faster
9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
11. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire. They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend. The criticism is distasteful and unjustified. What do you do?
12. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
be responsible and life a happy life
13. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
14. Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?
15. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
16. How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
cause i’m myself
17. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?
18. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
19. If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
20. Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
21. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
22. Why are you, you?
because i have a mission to complete & because of my own fate
23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
24. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
25. What are you most grateful for?
^happines and luck i get from life
26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
this one freaks me out: NONE!
27. Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
probably not, no
28. Has your greatest fear ever come true?
29. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now?
it does not
30. What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?
31. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
32. If not now, then when?
when the time is right
33. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?
34. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?
35. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?
36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
most of the times, yes
37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
for short vacations only
38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
40. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?
41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
43. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
the amount of experiences
44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
the time is now
45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
because of its price
46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
express my feelings
47. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?
48. What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?
49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday? What about the day before that? Or the day before that?
50. Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?
1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, respect for others and responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini
1) HG Wells: The World Set Free (1914)
Any number of inventions could have put Wells on the list, but for sheer prophetic brilliance it has to be his prediction of a world powered by nuclear energy. Physicist Leo Szilard read the novel in 1932 and it inspired him to mastermind the atom bomb.
Real-life re-animation experiments were all the rage and gave Shelley the idea for her novel, but as creator of the original “Frankenstein science” she became unwitting godmother of everything from heart transplants to GM foods.
3) Jules Verne: From The Earth To The Moon (1865)
Verne predicted submarines and airships, right? Well, not really: the technology was around already. And even his Moon-shot scheme used a cannon instead of a rocket. But he did make Florida the launch site, just like the real-life Apollo missions.
4) Edwin Balmer and William MacHarg: The Achievements of Luther Trant (1910)
Balmer and his brother-in-law co-wrote a series of stories about psychologist-turned-detective Trant. Apart from applying “the method of Freud and Jung”, Trant also employed a lie detector, 14 years before the first polygraph was used by police interrogators.
In Lagado, Gulliver sees a machine that can write books, while on the flying island of Laputa – held aloft by magnetic levitation – astronomers have discovered two tiny moons orbiting the planet Mars. Real astronomers weren’t able to see them until more than a century later.
6) Rudyard Kipling: With The Night Mail (1905)
Kipling’s story is set in 2000 and imagines a sky full of airships, used to send letters and parcels round the world. Not so prophetic? Well, he may have got the time-scale wrong, but Kipling beat the invention of real airmail services by nearly 20 years.
7) Edward Everett Hale: The Brick Moon (1869)
Arthur C Clarke may have invented the geostationary satellite but it was clergyman Hale who gave us the first description of an orbiting space station – a 200-foot sphere made of bricks. Why ever didn’t it catch on?
8) Robert Burton: The Anatomy Of Melancholy (1621)
A perennial must-read for bookish depressives, Burton’s rambling discourse contains the first-ever mention of little green people from space. Was that an invention or a discovery?
Today’s Big Brother isn’t quite what Orwell envisaged, but just as depressing. Surveillance cameras, police helicopters, newspeak, lotteries to numb the masses – Orwell saw them all coming.
That’s right, cyberspace. The year that saw the first Apple Mac go on sale was also when Gibson unleashed the idea of people plugging themselves into a virtual-reality matrix.
Ballance, happiness and energy after waking up? Very first minutes & very first acts are incredibily important here.
1) First thoughts: motivation (NO to degradation)
- Your fav motivation quote as picture on a night stand
- Afirmation thought when bad thoughts & problems of the day catch you
- Inspirational self-questioning (“What am I going to do to make my day special?) + answering & following these responses
2) Something positive to be read when you eat breakfast (blogs, poems, jokes)
3) Divide your duties on 3-elements groups. Focus on 3 most important tasks and see them as doable. Then analyze next ones. By this clear your mind from chaos and create a plan doable step-by-step.
4) Before sleeping, put a glass of water with lemon juice (better than coffee, an extra oxygen, an extra toxic reductioner, a beauty maker.
When drinking it in the morning, say to yourself: “I care about myself!”
5) Stand up 15 minutes earlier and turn off your mobile/alarm clock stand by mode. In the evening already be organized to dress up for the next day (calm and satisfaction in the morning)
- Eat healthy breakfast (“I care about my health, body, and beauty”)
- Keep all the morning places clean and organized. Add things which make you smile, motivate, or inspire – it will let you feel you’re a prioritate in your own life: you deserve good things and you’re going to realize your life this way!
“Let me listen to me and not to them.”
- Gertrude Stein
Funny but so good goal to be done during 2012’s each day!
I didn’t like this goal – seen it as a teen-age fun. But now seeing it transformed somehow – the answers won’t be so important (maybe I won’t even go back to check on them), but it’s gonna make me think more creatively, hopefully ;)
‘Burned Alive: a Victim of the Law of Men’ by Souad
‘Mnaret’ by Leila Aboulela
Listen and share with your inner self
~~ Clear your mind, clear your soul ~~
Over two months ago, I’ve created this small tickers on my profile page – in order to help me with my weight goals by counting for me how many days I fight for my perfect look. And since then, I must admit, I didn’t do much for this look to achieve…
So today is this sad day, when I had to reset them both and make them tell the truth again – by strating the whole event all over :).
This time however, I hope it’s gonna be a helpful tool instead of nice colorful pictorial element.
Keep tracking me!