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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Tristan ♫•*¨♥♥`*•´♫ is blooming ♫•*¨♥♥`*•´♫

ask for what I need (read all 7 entries…)
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I don’t want to do it all on my own anymore. Maybe it’s the only child in me that always assumes I can or I have to figure it out alone. I can’t. This Saturday convinced me. And, I don’t want to anymore.

To help me deepen my resolve, I’m going to make this goal my theme for next year. 2010 is going to be my,”Ask for what I need” year. I’m going to clearly, directly ask for what I need and want. No shying away. No shrugging. No ”...Ummm’s” or ”...I was just wondering…if I could just…”

Starting now, I’m going to do my best with only these words: “I need_” or “I would like you to__”.

I don’t usually put myself out there by making my wishes known and often secretly hope that others meet my needs anyway (this requires them to be able to read my mind). Not articulating myself clearly sets up the cycle where I feel that I must do it all alone and this leads me down the dark road of frustration.

I had a dream two nights ago that spoke to this goal.

I was standing on the sidewalk watching gleaming new buses pass by. They were all empty and I wanted to get on every one of them because each one was going to an unknown, exciting destination. I stood by watching them longingly as if they were offerings at a tantalizing buffet. But each one passed me by and I didn’t know how to make them stop. Then a voice, perhaps my own, told me that all I had to do was flag them down. I had to tell them to stop for me. And I thought, “That’s it? That’s all I have to do?”

Easy.



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