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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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Apchue in Jerusalem is doing 19 things including…

Stop being depressed

33 cheers


Apchue has written 5 entries about this goal

So after
A lot of tries and “breaking downs” at those tries, I think I found some kind of a balance, and it leans more to the positive side.
What helped me the most was
  • stop thinking bad, sad and desparate thoughts all the time and replacing them (it was also less than easy) with positive thougths. For example – “I’m so pathetic” was replaced by “I’m a real wonderful, funny and special person, a lot of people love and appreciate my great qualities, for example (...) and (...)”
  • a gigantic support from the Love Of My Life, who kept calming me, cheering me up and reminding me to take everything easier and remember it’s not that bad”.

next goal will be – keep living with positive thinking, positive affirmations, and make the negative and depressing thoughts stay out of my head.

Been working on this

All January, and got on pretty well, though the last week was a down without any obvious reason…
It’s not that I’m done with this goal, I’ll probably have to work on this my entire life
But it’s worth it…

I have to admit

That this goal is also not going anywhere…
But I want to change it.
Steps in doing this:

  • Think positevely. All the time. And if I have a bad thought, immediately replace it with a nice one.
  • Be ok with myself. Not listen to people that tell me how bad I am (parents mostly). Though this can be a problem, I can’t ignore everything, maybe they’re right, and then what?
  • Distract myself – Do things, go out, read books, everything that’ll distract me from all this thinking.
  • Do yoga at home, the anti-depression complex. at least twice a week (in addition to the yoga class).
  • work on all my goals, be patient if I can’t accomplish them just yet. And stay cheerful .

Easier said than done

Everything looks grey and black right now.

No job, no life, boring and apathic

I will be happy

I can
It’s not just me
I affect people who care for me… When I’m sad they’re a bit sad too.
I know that when I’m happy I can make others happy
I can be the sunshine for people if I just want to and not concentrate on my own troubles (some of them imaginated)
When I’m OK it’s much easier for me to help other people, it’s even more sincere somehow because I don’t think about myself while helping them.

Not sure I’ve said that clearly enough but the bottom line is that one of the steps to get myself out of this depressive mud will be this ^

The understanding that I can make others really happy
Just by being happy myself

Then I can love … Truly and without all the complicated issues that stand in the way…

It’s something that gives me the motivation to get out of depression

Maybe that’s what I need..

Apchue has gotten 33 cheers on this goal.


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