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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How to to live instead of exist


Magpie_399 Cheers to the new year.

This is beautiful and very thought provoking. Lately, I have only begun to fully grasp these concepts you have presented. This helped me in a hard time of my life.

I am glad you like Fruits Basket. Despite its seemingly simple surface, it contains something much deeper. It taught me that no matter what happens to you, life goes on. I also learned that people need people; I need people in spite supposedly helping them.

And I must commend you on reading Elegance of the Hedgehog. It is a wonderful book.

Born of Stardust dances the line between two worlds...


I apologize for not having responded to this earlier! Thank you for your kind words! I am so glad that my words were able to help you. I too am going through a bit of a rough patch in my life and it helps to remember to always live instead of merely exist. Sometimes when I am feeling particurally bad, I go for walks and try to find beautiful things in the world. Then I try to do something to help move me out of my rut.

I agree with what you say about how sometimes those of us who want to help sometimes need to ask for help. There’s nothing shameful in needing other people.

It really is a wonderful book! I just read “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and it reminded me in some ways of “The Elegance of the Hedgehog.” :)


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