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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.

- The Robots.

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MyImaginaryWorld in Victoria is doing 21 things including…

get over my fear of failure

29 cheers


MyImaginaryWorld has written 2 entries about this goal


= the fear of not being good enough or imperfection.

Well look at that, there’s even a word for it.

I’m not sure how I feel about this anymore. I believe this is due to the fact that I don’t know how I define failure anymore. I have broad ideas but a definition is beyond me at the moment. I’m sure life has plenty more to teach me about this so…off I go again. =)


So…I figured I should write something about this. However, I don’t think I’ve made any progress. I am still a perfectionist and worry about everything. The reason: I can’t stand failure.

Yet I do realize I have one thing going for me that I can be quite thankful for – fearing failure has not stopped my curiosity and I still try things. It has not disabled my ability to live to that extent. Instead I just worry 24/7 while trying things…

...and I tend to beat myself up over things when they don’t end well. Things don’t have to go “as planned”, they just have to end right. So I guess that’s a bonus too. I’m pretty chill if things figure themselves out in another way than I planned.

I also know where my fear stems from. But I don’t want to go there yet. I can face a lot of things, but some of my childhood I would just rather not.

MyImaginaryWorld has gotten 29 cheers on this goal.


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