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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Born of StardustJudo with a 5-year-old Senpai!

I have started taking Judo lessons in Japan! I don’t think there’s a better place to learn it than here! I am excited. I can’t wait to flip people. I know that’s not what it’s about, but I think flipping people and being flipped will be fun. Now I am learning how to fall properly! :-D 4 months ago


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Eolyphe 22 months ago


AnnaGoesBananasI have always wanted to do this!

I want to learn how to kick butts… for reals! 2 years ago


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philosopheDesiderata Arcana

My father is pretty amazing, as a person. I have always been vaguely suspicious that my childhood friends came to my house more to hang out with him than with me. My dad is funny, intelligent, and multi-talented. He is an incredible artist, he he plays three instruments, and he knows seven martial arts.

He is in his 50s and still runs faster than my brothers, who are in their 20s. People have described feeling a wind tunnel left in his wake as he ran past them. His peripheral vision and reflexes are so sharp that he has on two occasions seen toddlers fall into swimming pools (behind him, no less) and been in the pool holding them out of the water before anyone else has finished turning to see the cause of the unexpected splash.

Ever since I was a kid, I begged him to teach me self defense, but he never got around to it. Decisiveness is not one of his many strengths, unfortunately, and although he plans on eventually opening his own dojo, he has only taught me some of the very basics of wing chun and monkey fist kung fu. It isn’t nearly enough to save me in a fight.

I have spent the last fifteen years desperately wishing I knew martial arts. Not just the physical self-awareness and confidence that accompany that knowledge, but I yearn for the intense focus and controlled aggression it entails. Instructors say the main ingredient in martial arts success is desire. If that’s true, I’ll be the most successful student ever.

For a long time, I guess part of me had been hoping my dad would be my sensei, but after 15 years, I am reconciled to the fact that it will never happen and have finally took my first step toward achieving this dream on my own. After some deliberation, I have diverted from my longtime desire to study bujinkan nunjitsu (traditional ninja fighting) and decided to pursue proficiency in the deadly IDF skill of Krav Maga.

What I like about the art: first, there are no rules. It isn’t a sport art, it is about reality, in which there are no holds barred. They encourage realistic scenario training, and besides gym classes they train on the beach, in the city, and outdoors, rain or shine. They allow women to wear skirts and heels to outdoor classes because girls can’t count on being conveniently attired for combat if someone decides to attack. Krav Maga is about efficiently disabling your enemy, using a combination of judo throws, muay thai strikes, and more.

There is a Krav Maga school about half an hour from me that caters to special operations officers and law enforcement, and I have an appointment to observe the beginners’ class there on Saturday morning. Here’s to old desires. 2 years ago


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