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.

Export My Content
Be thoughtful of others but true to myself
self vs. others

i believe with everything i have and know that the love you take is equal to the love you make, but sometimes i feel like i am giving less to others because my personal demands have become exponentially greater.

i have these personal barriers – financial issues, health issues, etc… and these effectively keep me from helping others or doing as much good as i believe i should or could reasonably do.

so how do i get past this? in order to help others, technically, i need to be at least functional myself. but working for the man, spending more money to eat right, and taking personal days sometimes make me feel as though i am fighting an uphill battle against myself, and in that lurch, not really helping anyone else at all.

i like to volunteer my time, to give without receiving, to love willingly…

how can i do this and not starve?

where does maintaining my existence, contributing to the economy, and keeping doctors in business reasonably end, and self-indulgence begin?



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