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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be more positive
I have realised that my thoughts are very negative and not optimistic at all

Since my last relationship 3 years ago i now realised that I don’t have many friends and I’m not much fun to have around. Mainly because I am pretty negative and always see the bad things first. It started with sentences like “I don’t care” and it has developed to huge pessimism. I want to be happy again and see the good things in life.
Good luck to all


You’re not alone when it comes to having pessimistic thoughts. But that’s the beauty of life. You CAN change your situation. There are many many people in the world. Search and you WILL find someone. The same can be said regarding friends. What kind of things interest you ? You could join all sorts of clubs and meet like minded people. Or maybe even try something new and make new friends. We don’t live forever. Every day is a chance to try again .
Good luck

Thanks a lot for your comment. It really motivates me and makes me feel better!

:) you can be positive

HI! (sorry for my english skills)
I completely understand how you feel right now. I’ve also been really negative last four months, just being always depressed and in the ” I don’t care”-mood.
But starting now, in January I told myself, that it was really waste of time and i fed up with all that negativity about myslef. So I wanna LIVE again, really enjoy my life! However, it’s the hardest thing to deal with your own emotions and thoughts.
I’ve started to write things that I love about life: why I wanna live, what makes me happy etc. I made notes about why it makes sense to live and enjoy every single day, why i want it so badly.
I’m also going for a long walks in the park, listening to the music, which makes my head clean from negative thoughts. It’s incredible, how the nature can help. And friends? I think in the cities, especially big ones, it’s not a problem to make new friendships. Just make the first step to the people, don’t hide in your “shelter of loneliness”. Be more social and active, so you just don’t have enough time to think negativly.
It’s really hard from the start, but than you will enjoy the process of being so alive again! Wish you good luck!

Feel like giving up

Hi :) I’m so sorry for my late answer.. I changed my uni and had to go through alot of responsibilities so I couldn’t check in again since then. So about your situation I feel it is really similar only when I sit down and think of why I wanna live or what makes me happy or even easy questions like what characterizes me, sadly I can’t answer them. I think with the time i developed the negative attitude and thoughts for the purpose of a shield (I hope you can understand what I mean)
In the new town I started to turn my life around started be more open and optimistic to get to know some new people. It is really hard to stay optimistic and also exhausting. So just like a drug if you have rough times you are likely to get back to your old habit. After a few of bad situations I decided to give up my try to be more optimistic and stay in my pessimistic but safe way. I got turned down by way too many people which i hate to admit really bothered me and got disappointed too many times so I think best for me is now to isolate myself from others again and just try to graduate.
Thanks for your wishes anyway and good luck to you. I hope you will succeed :)

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