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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soots1#16 Cancer, Step out of the Box - Ty Bollinger

This was a fascinating read. I do not have cancer, just concerned about getting it in the future. This book has loads of info on what kind of therapies exist. More importantly, the author talks about lots of ways to prevent and heal cancer through diet and exercise. There is a lot of emotion in it against organisations, so it can detract from the reading, but overall I feel that I got a lot from it that makes sense.

I got a free download of the book (3rd edition, not the latest edition): 2 years ago

soots1#15 Create Powerful Health Naturally, Dr Schulze's 5 Day Bowel Detox

Not sure if this could be classed as a book and more a guide to Dr Schulze’s products. The stories are very interesting. So I enjoyed the read and he has some thought-provoking theories that seem to make sense. What it makes me think is that people who do not succumb to cancer and disease must have very strong detoxing capabilities in their body. And the folk that do succumb maybe are not so good at eliminating toxins.

I got a free download of the book: 2 years ago

soots1#14 Millionaire Mumpreneurs - Mel McGee

This was an interesting read and some useful exercises at the back. There are several stories of Mums who have made very successful businesses and been able to have the flexibility to be there for the kids. My feeling is that it takes a lot of work to set up a business and for me, I am happy in my corporate job with annual leave and part-time working. I may change my mind in due course but it works for me at the moment. I’ll read this again if I start not to enjoy my job. 2 years ago


Science Ink – Carl Zimmer

My sister got me this book for Christmas. In addition to lots of pictures of cool science tattoos, there explanations are nicely written, and include a lot of the history of whatever science-related thing is being depicted. 3 years ago


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – J. R. R. Tolkein 3 years ago

soots1#13 Hidden Value - Charles O'Reilly and Jeffrey Pfeffer

I am cheating a bit here as I only read the first few chapters and the last chapter. But I got the value I needed out of it. It is a shame that my company does not follow the guidelines of successful companies. This book advises that companies can cultivate talent within with the current staff rather than look for extraordinary talent outside the company. It gives some very clear principles which make sense eg having clear values that all managers demonstrate and sharing information across the company. Very helpful guidelines but a bit intense in the middle with a lot of detail on each of the model companies. 3 years ago

soots1#12 The Water Devil - Judith Merkle Riley

This is the last book in the trilogy. I really enjoyed the first two books but this book was painfully slow and really lacked interest for me. I was so pleased to be finished with it. A real shame as the first two really were good reads and fun with some historical interesting pieces and the paranormal and spirituality. 3 years ago

soots1#11 Doomsday Book - Connie Willis

I really enjoyed this book and could not put it down until I found out what happened. The story involves time travel and experience of the plague in the middle ages. A really interesting read and one of those books that makes you feel like you have just experienced a lifetime somewhere else. 3 years ago

doctorofwordsDecember Update

I need to finish three more books in the next three weeks in order to meet this goal. I’m almost there! 3 years ago

soots1#10 A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle

I have had this book, both paperback and audio CDs for a very long time and finally decided to put the CDs in the car and listen to it. I was very pleased I did as it had a very calming effect and also made me observe myself better. It is great to have the concept of not only how to deal with the ego but to somehow distance oneself from it. It was very thought-provoking. I was sorry that the book came to an end. The last chapter was good with the advice to do everything with either acceptance, enthusiasm or enjoyment. 3 years ago

soots1#9 In Pursuit of the Green Lion - Judith Merkle Riley

This is the second book in the trilogy and it was a fun read. 3 years ago

soots1#8 A Vision of Light - Judith Merkle Riley

Having finished all the books so far written by Diana Gabaldon of the Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon recommended this trilogy. It has a different feel to it – I miss the time travel element. But it is nice to go back in time and get an understanding of what it must have been like to have been a female growing up in the middle ages. 3 years ago

soots1#7 What the Night Knows - Dean Koontz

It was great to pick up a Dean Koontz book again after so long. They are so quick to read. This one had some nice twists and I enjoyed it. Although scary, there seems to be a karmic tone. 3 years ago

soots1#6 Do It Tomorrow - Mark Forster

I have read Mark Forster’s other 2 books and really enjoyed this one. It was a very quick read with some very straightforward tips. I have brought these tips into my daily routine at work and it has made me really notice the interruptions that really mess up my day – mostly from my manager, I notice!! 3 years ago

soots1#5 Flip it - Michael Heppel

This was a very light read. I listened to the audio book in the car. It had some nice tips but not too deep. 3 years ago

soots1#4 An Echo in the Bone - Diana Gabaldon

The seventh book in the series. A nasty cliffhanger at the end and the next book won’t be finished until end 2012 so not good…. 3 years ago

soots1#3 A Breath of Snow and Ashes - Diana Gabaldon

The sixth book in the series – still a very addictive read! 3 years ago


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – J. R. R. Tolkein

This may be my favorite part of the story, because I like Rohan so much. (That may have been influenced by Howard Shore, because the Rohan theme from the soundtrack is the best.)

I sort of don’t like the organization of this section – the first book follows the assorted remnants of the fellowship and the second book focuses on Frodo & Sam. I found the first book to be more interesting – there is a lot more going on – and then having to switch back to Frodo and Sam boringly wandering in the wilderness was a bit rough. It also makes it hard to get a good picture of what’s going on when, since you read forward and then jump back. Of course, that is how you would hear the story told by the characters – they had no way of knowing what the other group was doing at the time.

Whatever, it’s still awesome. And somehow took me two months to read. Oy. Clearly I won’t be reaching 20 books this year ;) All I have planned are the final volume of LOTR and a book about the Riot Grrl movement that a friend lent me. 3 years ago

EmorozDemian By Herman Hess

I thought this is one of the best books I have read in a while. It was very philosophical. It questioned reality, learning, society, and humanity in general. It views the world through Freudian perspectives. It gives a lot of value to dreams and the subconscious aspects of the human mind. The book describes how the human mind develops from childhood to adult hood and the obstacles/experiences that mold a human being. Some may view this book as anti religion, however, I think it is a book that enables you question religion and find answers within your own intellectual capacity. I disagree with some key factors that Hess presents. He states that people have a point (Destiny) that they are meant to reach and no matter what path they take they will end up in the same place. I think we have a larger capacity, that we have the power to shift that point, change it, and create the reality that is around us and not be subject to any form of destiny. Also, Hess replaces the concept of religion with another form of perception that intertwines science, the subconscious mind, and some special level of human awareness that few can attain. This perception involves seeing the world in a completely different light. He makes this perception seem so cold, lonely, and not in tune with the world. “He argues that you are in tune with the world”. Overall, the book is good! I would have loved to read it when I was shaping my own philosophical ideas on the world. I feel that the way I perceive the world has already been formed. But I am always learning and tweaking my perception. 3 years ago

Emoroz#3 Chronicle of a Death Foretold- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I felt that the first half of the book was not that good. I did not think that the Marquez described the characters or the culture of this town very well. Then the book became extremely good in the last half. It depicted honor, passion, and the Spanish culture very well. The murder scene was so vivid! It made me feel vulnerable! Overall, a pretty fast read and a very unique ending! I would rate about a 7.5 out of 10! 3 years ago

Emoroz2" The sun also rises Hemingway

Another Heningway book that ends bitterly. Done deal! 3 years ago

sneddy77 3 years ago


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – J. R. R. Tolkein

Yes, yes, I know, he didn’t consider them seperate books but for the sake of this goal I do.
Anyway, I read these back during my formative years (i.e., middle school) and I am sure they had a pretty major impact on me. But I realized last month that I hardly even remember them, so I decided to do a re-read (unusual for me). It’s been worthwhile so far.
I wonder how I had envisioned the characters before the movies came out, because now all I see is Viggo Mortensen running through my head (totally fine with that). 3 years ago

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