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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swiftprofessionalStuff to know

Reading:
“Into the Wild” by John Krakauer
“The McCandless Mecca” by Ken Ilguna

I know the terrain’s pretty tough as far as river crossings and dealing with bears and mosquitoes. The locals also seem to dislike pilgrims who travel to the bus as many of them (tourists) have been injured and even a few killed en route to the Magic Bus. And I do not want to be another name on the Alaskan news. 9 months ago


swiftprofessional 1 year ago


swiftprofessionalFear Itself

I’m an overly cautious person by nature, but at times, I allow my fears to influence my decisions which can be good in some cases, but it can also be bad in others. A good example is that I hate making left turns in traffic. Why? First, I got into a wreck at 18 making a left turn when I failed to see a car coming from the left as I pulled out into traffic. It’s just too much of a hassle and wait to make a left turn. I’m also sort of afraid of driving especially at night because of poor vision and a bad sense of direction.

I think sometimes my fears have hindered me. I had a boring college experience because I wasn’t assertive enough in high school and wound up at a local university instead of really getting ready to do what I really wanted to do. And I was afraid of relocating. 2 years ago


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swiftprofessional 2 years ago


swiftprofessionalI saw a local production

The local community college players held several performances and I went to one. Really and truly I’d have loved to see “Avenue Q” in NYC for the genuine Broadway experience (fancy dress, nice theater, post-show cocktails…). But the CC players did an outstanding job with this show, so it was well worth seeing locally. If I laughed till my ribs ached, then it was a good show. 2 years ago


swiftprofessional 2 years ago


swiftprofessionalMoab, UT June 2012

I wouldn’t cross this goal off my list, but I’m a step closer to doing it.

I drove to Moab with a couple of co-workers for one week. We didn’t really do many stops en route, except for Sky city Casino in NM where I won $24 at the slots (my friend won nearly $400, lucky bastard).

In Utah, we did make the most of our time by canyoneering, kayaking, white water rafting, hiking in the Devil’s Garden, and even roaming about the main drag looking for something to eat in our idle time. It was my first time driving on a major road trip, first time doing every activity mentioned above, really. But I enjoyed every minute of it.

Christopher McCandless realized that “Happiness is only real when shared,” shortly before he passed on. I thought a lot about that during the trip. At times, I enjoyed having companions to share in the thrills, but there were times when they drove me nuts with teasing me about my fear of making left turns and other quirks. That’s when I realized why McCandless set out on his journey by himself. I’d never go solo, but I can see why some people do it. 2 years ago


swiftprofessionalRemoving the training wheels

The game is .22 bulls eye. You shoot at a target from 25 yards in time frames ranging from 10 shots in 10 mins. to five rounds in 10 seconds. Juniors, seniors, and women may shoot using both hands while males between 19-59 must use one hand.

My goal is to win one annual tournament in the Open Division—using one hand. 2 years ago


swiftprofessional"Warriors", come out and play-ay'

I started reading these books after picking up “Into the Wild” two years ago. I’ve devoured each book once a month in the original series since. Granted that I’m 29, a series about talking cats has grown on me. I started on the New Prophecy series, but it’s been a chore to read as they were lacking in action. I skipped a few books just to read book 6 while using Wikipedia to fill in the action gaps. I’m still reading book one in the Power of Three Series, which is showing more promise than the previous NP saga.

In addition, I’ve also read the thick Special editions. I need to finish “Bluestar’s Prophecy” and “Firestar’s Quest” but I enjoyed “Crookedstar’s Promise” immensely and it continues to be re accessed on my Kindle often.

As far as the manga books, I’ve read nearly all of them. It’s easier to say that I still need to read the last 2 books in the Tigerstar and Sasha series. I really loved Ravenpaw’s story and the Rise of Scourge. 2 years ago


swiftprofessional 2 years ago


swiftprofessionalUntitled

Work. I need to wait for time off and get a travel buddy. Two reasons: safety and someone to share the experience with. 2 years ago


swiftprofessionalInto the mild

I want to travel along the U.S. and experience what each state has to offer. I’m a little tired of going places just for the shopping. I want to go rafting down a river or laze at Hippie hollow. Go camping. Go to a local festival in a small town. I’m craving experiences and collecting memories. 2 years ago


 

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