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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Figure out who I am and what I want in this life (read all 3 entries…)
don't know

I have NO idea what I am doing with my life. Right now in life I have no direction. I am questioning my beleives, my values, my whole way of life. Deep down I think I know who I am, but for some reason I am really fighting it and questioning it right now! :( It is very depressing to me!



Ya there is definitly internal fighting going on. Listen to my head? Listen to my heart? Listen to what I’ve always known/believed? Or allow new beliefs and thoughts to dictate?
It is all so confusing!!!!

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Andrew Miesem

On The Brink Of ...

Issac Asimov, a brilliant writer and renaissance man, one said:

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka!” (I found it!) but “That’s funny …”

So, you may ask, how does this bear on your internal conflict? How does this apparently disagreement between your heart and your head relate to this exciting time in science?

I’m glad you asked. One of the things that makes me stabby more than anything else is when people deny that life is a constant journey; that life is about self-discovery and not about finding your safe little niche and hiding in it.

Those “that’s funny …” moments are when things don’t go the way you think they should, and they lead to some of the most incredible discoveries there are. For instance, an astronomer named Clyde Tombaugh noticed, in the early part of the twentieth century, that the orbit of the planet Neptune was a bit erratic. It was this “that’s funny …” moment that led to the “discovery of the planet Pluto.

Yes, you may not care about Pluto, but by being aware of your own internal “that’s funny …” moment, when your head and your heart seem to be telling you different things, puts you on the brink of making some amazing discoveries about yourself.

Take nothing for granted. Explore everything. Know that you may be in for one heck of a ride, and be excited about it.

That was wonderful!

Thank you so much for that! Definitly something to think about and remember!

I am excited for the ride!


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