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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zengeeker's Life List

  1. 1. study classical chinese medicine
    1 person
  2. 2. live by mountains
    3 people
  3. 3. find a mentor
    171 people
  4. 4. start writing
    1 cheer
    94 people
  5. 5. learn to swim
    2 cheers
    3,442 people
  6. 6. cultivate unrelenting curiosity
    1 person
  7. 7. learn proper etiquette
    21 people
  8. 8. be more generous
    1 entry
    164 people
  9. 9. create a better world for children
    1 person
  10. 10. identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money)
    7,806 people
  11. 11. Take more pictures
    15,312 people
  12. 12. smell more
    1 person
  13. 13. Start my own business
    1 entry
    9,325 people
  14. 14. learn to dance and not be embarrassed to dance
    40 people
  15. 15. meditate daily
    4,819 people
  16. 16. Become an expert on tea
    20 people
  17. 17. live in a monastery
    11 people
  18. 18. go on a pilgrimage
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    41 people
  19. 19. learn how to draw
    299 people
  20. 20. Learn Spanish
    18,259 people
  21. 21. learn Cantonese
    1 entry
    297 people
  22. 22. learn to bake
    1 entry
    209 people
  23. 23. learn feng shui
    103 people
  24. 24. Read the Tibetan Book of the Dead
    16 people
  25. 25. work on a farm
    1 cheer
    102 people
  26. 26. bird watch
    1 cheer
    18 people
  27. 27. hike the appalachian trail
    2,111 people
  28. 28. Learn to pick locks
    1,502 people
  29. 29. learn how to mime
    26 people
  30. 30. learn Tarot
    294 people
  31. 31. Read "Don Quixote"
    93 people
  32. 32. learn webdesign
    18 people
  33. 33. learn survival skills
    1 cheer
    114 people
  34. 34. learn sign language
    8,503 people
  35. 35. learn to voluntarily control the muscles in my face
    1 person
  36. 36. work in a fire watch tower
    1 entry
    9 people
  37. 37. learn Latin
    2,009 people
  38. 38. Learn to drive a stick shift
    746 people
  39. 39. Learn Yiddish
    122 people

How I did it
How to be more seasonal
It took me
22 years
It made me
In sync

How to become a massage therapist.
It took me
9 months
It made me

Recent entries
Help strangers who are in trouble (read all 2 entries…)
an opportunity not lost

Taking this on as a goal to me will only count as accomplished when I spontaneously do the right thing without being prompted. But I did have this experience of taking a walk in my neighborhood when a woman carrying a gas can came up to me and asked for money to fill up her totally empty car, stranded on the side of the street. I hesitated, but I ended up walking to the gas station with her and gave her some money. I think I did a good thing, but it was entirely self-conscious, and that’s not going far enough for me.

be more generous
the first buddhist perfection

Traditional Buddhism holds that meditation practice must rest on the firm foundation of virtue and ethical living. The first of the 10 paramitas, or perfections, is dana, generosity. I think if I’m serious about practicing meditation, I need to be as serious or more serious about generosity.

Start my own business
Chair massage

I take my massage board test soon and hope to find some gigs doing chair massage next year.

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