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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.

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How to live without a television for a year


good on ya

Thanks for sharing mate, did you find that it reduced stress and / or helped you sleep better?

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What a great gift to give your children

I heard an FBI agent speak at a conference a few years ago about the harmful effects of tv on children. Because of this man’s expertise (he trained agents to kill) he was called to testify before the US Senate after the Columbine shootings. He shared many statistics about tv and video games and how they desensitize kids to violence. He is so persuaded as to the harmful effects of tv, that he pays each of his kids $1,000 per year, per grandkid for every year they keep them away from tv (college fund).

I went without tv for several years and felt more peaceful and productive. Since it’s just me and the pooch at home, she doesn’t mind what I do as long as I feed and pet her enough (I’m not sure it’s ever enough). I am trying to limit my tv watching to an hour or two per day, and I watch everything on tape so I can cut commercials. (thanks mom)

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