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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Nadia Fawcett New goal should be learn to fall! Ouch!

List 43 Female Role Models (read all 23 entries…)
Trieu Thi Trinh

Trieu Thi Trinh was born in Son Trung village in Vietnam in 222AD. During that time the Qin dynasty of China invaded from the north and captured Vietnam. Trieu was orphaned and lived with her brother, who treated her cruelly as a slave. At 20, she saw the Chinese treating the nation the same way her brother treated her. She escaped to the hills and set up a base in the jungle.

Trieu raised an army of a thousand rebels against the Chinese and her rebellion was one of the most successful. Her army beat the Chinese at over 30 battles. When going to battle she wore golden armor and carried two daggers while riding on an elephant. The Chinese soldiers were so afraid of her that they said to themselves, “it would be easier to fight a tiger than the lady queen.”

In 248 A.D., the Chinese army fought the rebel army and won. Trinh was so disappointed that she committed suicide by jumping into a river. A holiday honors her bravery and willingness in Vietnam. She is known as the Vietnamese Joan of Arc.

“I will not resign myself to the lot of women who bow their heads and become concubines. I wish to ride the tempest, tame the waves, kill the sharks. I have no desire to take abuse.” Trieu Thi Trinh



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