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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LeeLens Just you and I - defying gravity.

Answer the "50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind". (read all 4 entries…)
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1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

In general? 4 or 5? :) Practically, I think about as old as I am now, 25. The last few years had a lot of teenage questions and craziness, but now life is a little more 'grownup'... coming to peace with that.

2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?

Prob failing. Unless it wasn't a big deal. Also depending on whether it was a temporary fail and then a win, or a permanent fail... and whether the try before the fail was worth it.

3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
The fact that in general we have to make money to survive! If we were all assured of food/roof/clothes, there’d be a lot more happiness in the world.

Social pressures, guilt, ideas inherited from parents and friends.

4. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
Eh, very possibly. Idea people are good at that. But there’s been a lot done as well :)

5. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?

Faith. Bibles in every language, to give people the chance to see there's more than work-sleep-death. Life's really fragile, and it's so easy for us to try to hold on to friendships, jobs, and hobbies and avoid thinking about depression, accidents, and death. Faith is what makes sense of the bad and the good.

6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?

Videographer at a camp. Kids, hugs, great filming, great music. Connection, smiles, art, sports in my free time. Bliss.

7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?

Some of both. Looking for a job makes me have to deal with those questions, and now that life is stable, it's harder to settle for limitations. Too many options now!

8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?

Live more out loud. Count down the years, and make sure they were full of hugs, love, deep talks, and as much fullness as I could pack into the next 15.

9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?

Umm, that's a reeeeaally good question. Not much. I lean on the wisdom/strategy of others, especially my academic/life advisor (aka my incredible Mum) :D I have decided a few things, but in general I let things flow for a bit and then jump into the water; I don't build the dams and correct the streamcourse myself much. Seems like I'm always deferring to the people around me, waiting for their opinions or permission before I go for anything big.

10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?

Doing things right when around others/ out in the world of electronics/sports . The right things when I pause and think for myself, wonder if I'm making the most of life or just being lazy/conforming when there's so much more out there.


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