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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.

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.

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get out of debt (read all 18 entries…)
Money Messages Exercise

Please answer these questions yes or no (refering back to childhood)

Seeing how your past holds the key to your finacial future

1. did you friends have things that you didn’t: yes
2. Did you feel tha tyour friends had nicer clothes than you did: sometimes
3. did your firends go on better vacations than you did? sometimes
4. did you feel ashamed of having far more than your friends did or far less than they did: sometimes yes (far less)
5. were you ashamed to brings your friends hoe to your house: sometimes yes more yes than no
6. did your friends’ parents have more expensive cars than yours yes
7.Did you hear your parents fight about money: yes
8. did your mother hide things she bought because your father would yell: no
9. Did you have to be extra good in order to earn special treats during your childhood? don’t really remember earning any special treats really
10. did you get moeny every time you went to see your grandparents: they lived to far away, an when I saw them, the answer would be no
11. did you recieve only money as gifts, instead of the personal touch of a hand-picked present? no
12. Are ther gifts you recall receiving as a child that were particularly special? yes
13. did you steal from pggy panks, your parents wallents or the dime store, didn’t we all try that once or twice, never felt good about it, couldn’t keep it up
14. did you get less of an allowance than your friends or siblings got: yes, but I also sat my parents down and negotiated a dollar raise, that memory stays with me to this day
15. did you have to work for your allowance or was it gien to you as your right: had to work for it
16. did you get money for your birthdays, only from my mom’s mom 20 dollars every year
17. when you recieve money for birthdays, did someone tell you what to do with it, no


Good Exercise

I too believe your money management relates to your adolescence, as that’s when we learn about money first. Most assume schooling should teach you money management or your parents, and truth be told, the only person that can teach this is ourselves. I’ve been learning how to manage my money just recently, as I’ve finally accepted that money is real, and can cause many real problems. I always took for granted that getting everything you wanted was the best thing, and I know it’s quite the opposite. Earning everything you want, is the path to take, and just getting everything you want, is not an accomplishment. I believe money management can’t be taught or learned, but rather be an everyday lesson that never has a graduation date. Nobody is perfect, and money often points that out, but that’s how we learn.


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