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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.

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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.

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Douglas Creative Expression

raise my daughter to believe in herself (read all 3 entries…)
Wilderness Hike

So my daughter is leaving on a week long wilderness hike on Sunday. These hikes are put on by the ICA Journeys program and they are wonderful opportunities for kids to gain skills in teaming and wilderness survival and just appreciating nature.

She went on a shorter one last year and the leader told me afterward that she was a bit bored and chafing a bit under the inactivity. So this year’s hike is longer by a couple of days and a little more rigorous. I feel fortunate that we can take this opportunity.

This is one more step in teaching her to believe in herself.


zeplin912 Life is what it is.

How old is your daughter? I know that if you explain things to her the way you do to help me, she shouldn’t have any problem gaining self-confidence.

Douglas Creative Expression

Well thanks for the sweet

compliment. I appreciate it. I have done some of this with my daughter as she is growing up. She is 12 now. She was 11 when she went on that hike.

zeplin912 Life is what it is.

Oh okay. Have you recommended the dinosaur to her?


Douglas Creative Expression

I have not

shared the dinosaur with her. I will if something comes up where I think it will help her. Right now she seems to be doing fine.

zeplin912 Life is what it is.

So, it seems like you’ve been teaching her well. It’s good that she’s gotten a head start on succeeding in the world.


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