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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ComplexAndSearching in Germany is doing 18 things including…

give up


ComplexAndSearching has written 5 entries about this goal

Not Me

I don’t give up. It goes against my nature. No matter how zen this might be.


how it seems now that I’ve finally given up, gotten thru all the anger and frusration, I’ve found myself right back where I started but with a better attitude…


10 days ago I read an entry by raslalique about giving up ( The article referenced made a very zen point about how just giving up can get you to a better place. I’m bad at giving up. I insist on what I want, even when I know better. Right now, I’m exhausted in an effort to give up. Because I still want S. I want things to work out and it’s hard to give up, not reach out. I’m confused and hurting. I want answers and I’ve always been bad about pushing things too far. I cause my own problems. I have probably put things where they are between me and S. I have the drive to be what some people have called persistent or determined. Others have called me stubborn or hard headed. Usually it pays off. The funny thing about getting what you want is that you may not be getting what is good for you.

Easier said...

... than done.

Doing This Now

I met some one about 10 months ago. He’s a really amazing person and I just love the way I feel when I spend time with him. I was still married when I met him. Since the divorce, we’ve been talking again and it made me really hopeful something would happen. Just everything feels off. Timing seems to suck. I just want things to go right and I know that I can’t MAKE that happen. And the longer this has gone on, the harder it’s been for me. We were supposed to talk this weekend, but he didn’t answer the phone. There could be lots of reasons this happened but the simple fact is he didn’t answer the phone and I was hurt by it. Hurt more than is probably good for me right now. You see, I’m moving on from all the broken places and for as much as I’d like to have him in my life, I already have so many other good things. I need to focus on those good things and not wish for other things which may or may not happen. So, I’m giving up. Que sera, sera…


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