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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brickhorse One day at a time; one bite at a time.

Live a Small Life (read all 42 entries…)
My life is too big

I realized this on Wednesday when my Bronco wouldn’t start again. I’ve had it to the shop half a dozen times for the same reason. Now it won’t start again. It is too high maitenance to be in my life. A big life can absorb high maitenance things and people, but my life is too big because I can’t absorb the costs. My life needs to be smaller, in almost all areas. Some things I have control over and can make smaller immediately; others will take time. Some things will become smaller by attrition and no replacement; some things will simply be weeded in their own time, like the Bronco. It’s good to have limits and to follow them. I think I’ll be so much more at peace and happier when I have a smaller life.


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