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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become financially independant (read all 4 entries…)
Financial Independance v. Financial Freedom.

I’d like to make and entry about this, as I can see that the term “financial independence” is being used by some folks to mean “I earn my way with my own hard work”, while others are using it to mean “I don’t need to work any more”.

My goal is the second one. I’d urge anyone to read Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” and “Cash Flow Quadrant” to get clear about this. It’s like a secret hiding in plain sight.

I’ve been independent for years, but it’s only in the last few months that I’ve understood what financial freedom means, and how I’d need to change my thinking to achieve it. But I have changed my thinking, I’m acquiring a new education, and it’s paying off. I’m building assets that will continue to put money into my pocket when I’ve stopped building them, and I’m looking into giving up work (swapping my time for money) by the middle of 2008. In other words, I’ll have achieved more in 18 months that I did in the previous 30 years.




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