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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  1. 1. Be more consistent
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  2. 2. Pray more
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  3. 3. Learn Ruby
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  4. 4. learn to program
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travel the world
A country at a time

My approach has been to take on one country at a time. With some exceptions like Monaco (was there just after the Grand Prix), I have found that each trip you take (unless you are doing a year-long backpack trip around the world) should focus on a single country or at most two. No less than 10 days and no more than 21 days duration in my opinion. Less than 10 and you can’t get used to the culture and learn to appreciate it; more than 21 and you become part of the culture and don’t want to come home… or worse, begin missing home badly and offend the local people by looking past them.

learn to program
Two birds with one stone: Learning to Program (in Ruby)

Thought I would kill two birds with one stone by learning to program and learning to program in Ruby at the same time.
Thankfully, Chris Pine has made it easy with Learn to Program: A Tutorial for the Future Programmer. Check it out, you will be glad you did. Hey, it is a start!

Tell my wife I love her everyday
Say it every single day

Sometimes this is harder to do than at other times…but if we do this, there are long term benefits that compound over time. Just make sure that when you say it you look her in the eyes as well, without tacking on a “babe” or “ya” to the end of it. In other words, it isn’t what you say that matters but how you say it.

All of this assumes of course that we are loving our wives in non-verbal ways…taking out the trash, cleaning the dishes, wiping the kids noses, and making time to listen to her. Most wives would say that showing them we love them is more important than even hearing that we love them.

I think both are necessary if we want to stay out of the dog house and keep the woman of our dreams. As a wise old Cajun from Louisiana once told me:
“Ifz mommaz ain’t happy, ain’t nobodies zhappy!” Of course, this person also told me (with regard to being the head of his household, decision making, and managing the family finances) “Iz Seen Da’ Job and Iz don’t wannit”.

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