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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leave everything a little better than i found it (read all 4 entries…)
the wreck that wasn't

A couple of months ago I was in a wreck. It was scary, expensive and painful. No one at the scene stepped forward to say “I saw what happened.”

This week I drove a familiar, short stretch of road I drive all the time. It’s residential, speed limit 25 mph. As I drove toward a little intersection the pickup truck coming toward me was hit by a car that was clearly speeding and didn’t even slow down for the stop sign. Ten seconds later, he would have hit me, not the truck. I stopped, got out to make sure everyone was breathing and gave my card to the man, badly shaken, in the truck. I told him I was a witness and would be happy to tell what I’d seen and that I’d seen it all.

I think the other guy was high or drunk and I’d wager he’s not insured, either. I just hope my willingness to testify improves what I know is a really sucky experience!


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What is wrong with people? I’ve stopped a bully neighbor from beating his dog. I sure as hell would stop someone from hitting a woman.


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