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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Journo in Bloemfontein is doing 23 things including…

Practice random acts of kindness

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Journo has written 1 entry about this goal

Helping those who can't help themselves

A while ago I was on my way to Johannesburg, about four hours away by car from where I live. I was in a hurry to get on the road since travelling on the road at a certain time in Johannesburg can be a big hastle due to traffic. So I wanted to get going, was alreay abit behin schedules but had to stop for gass. At the station a woman came up to me who works for the government in my city. She was driving her employers car and ran a flat tire. When she checked there was no spare. She had to get back urgently however and had been stuck for an hour already with people not prepared to help her. At first I made excuses since I was already in a hurry but after a bit I felt so sorry for her that I asked her to hop in. On the way to dropping her off she told me that white people (I’m white, she’s black) in my country would never help someone in her situation and that she was very surpised that I helped her. This is contrary to what I believed and I told her that I hoped she would meet some more good white people in the future since I know some awesome white (and black) people. living in South Africa where racism is often a problem, I hope I did something to improve it just a little bit by changing her perception of white people somewhat. I vow to do some more nice things in the future.

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