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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~to the water~ in Vermont is doing 41 things including…

be happier

24 cheers


~to the water~ has written 8 entries about this goal

Part of doing this

is about eliminating anger and I have a lot of anger in me.

Today I tried to do what I always do – make humor to make an unpleasant situation better than miserable. And for the first time in in nearly 15 years I could not do it.

When an environment has more power over me than I can control, that worries me. But it’s just telling me that the source of this control and this anger is a cancer. And I just can’t live with this cancer any longer.

Tomorrow…I will begin to eliminate this cancer from my life.

This cannot happen

unless I make it happen and if I allow days like today to dictate how I live my life, then I am a fool.

Enough is enough. Taking charge!

I am!

I’ve dreaded this time of year for the last half dozen years. But this year, I’m definitely happier and I’m happier about my life. It’s not perfect by a long shot, but the sun is shining and I am happy.

It's a choice

and I am choosing to be happier. No one can make me happy. I can.



I wish I could be.

Getting there

Very simple concept—think of all the postives, deal with the negatives that can be changed, and ignore the negatives that can’t be changed. Easily said, but it’s a problem I battle with daily.


You know, this might really come to fruition if I could at least accomplish a few goals still on my list. Come on already!


This is difficult because everyday is different and each day presents new challenges. But it is the major challenges that really bring me down and it’s tough to get back up after dealling with those major obstacles.

~to the water~ has gotten 24 cheers on this goal.


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