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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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Pauper is doing 20 things including…

Start my small business(es) in 2012

28 cheers


Pauper has written 6 entries about this goal


Just found out this guy from work quit his job to open up a restaurant. Very inspiring and I hope he does well. I plan to stop by to support him as soon as I get a chance.

Corporate america

Corporate america is leaving a bad taste in my mouth. I could like my job, and I did for a while, but after a year I’m beginning to notice the undercover backstabbings, the insane politics, the tendency to treat people like disposable objects all surrounded by the willingness to make the most illogical decisions with minimum inspection of existing science or supporting data. I will survive probably by becoming indifferent to this mess, but I cannot have my livelihood depend on this forever.

A friend and I had a great idea for a business, involving a patentable idea. I have to follow-up ASAP.


My original plan was jewelry but so many small jewelry businesses are cropping up all ovr the place, selling essentialy the same thing has sort of discouraged me. I won’t give up but if I do jewelry, it has to be more distinct than beads on wire, and it has to be more valuable (precious metals with precious stones). Still a work in progress.

I do have another idea that might be more profitable, and also more work, but I would love it. I wasn’t sure what form it shold take but now, after thinking about it last night, I think I have it sorta figured out. This one might need significantly more time and capital so planning will be essential.


So life happened. I have a “real” job with real responsibilities and owning my own business got shoved in a corner. But since this is a dream, it won’t die and it’s nagging at me again.

I have two ideas that I really want to pursue, and the good thing about that “real” job is that I might actually be able to fund them.
1. Event planning
2. Jewelry design

I’m learning project management skills and realising the importance of timelines, so my next step is to create a work breakdown structure for each goal. Nothing like a deadline to motivate a person!!


My little jewelry nook. Not entirely set up but I love it. Making jewelry is the best thing ever, a nice release from the other stresses in my life.


So I finally have the website up, but I don’t like it too much so I dont even bother to advertise. I think I have to spend more time designing and crafting my jewelry before I bother with selling for a while.

Pauper has gotten 28 cheers on this goal.


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