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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Doulton in Columbus is doing 8 things including…

Get old without being a nasty sod

3 cheers


Doulton has written 3 entries about this goal

Update -- 6 years later

Still working on this after all these years. I’m getting older—that was guaranteed. I am fairly nasty but maintain superficial cheer out in public. I also avoid the public as if I were Greta Garbo! Fairly ridiculous!

No progress

It’s a difficult world out there. The older and more fragile people are we paradoxically become more critical; more sniping, more self-justifying. We would rather be right than happy. I need to work hard on this goal.

Get Old

It’s human history: the old lament the young; the world is going to hell in a handbasket, or a handcar, or a basketball or a pocketbook…whatever vehicle we take outselves to hell in. I’d rather go to hell in a Honda Civic, myself.

When I was young I noticed it. Older people. The prim little frowms of disapproval. The superciliious yawns. The superiority. And I didn’t like it.

I have become one of them. No, I certainly have not gone so far as to become a Republican….but I have become one of those people who clutches her pocketbook closer when walking down a dark street at night. One of those people who believes that “the youth” no longer can venerate culture.

Somewhere along the way I became supercilious.

Doulton has gotten 3 cheers on this goal.


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