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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VeeShay is doing 43 things including…

learn how to say 'no' without regret

29 cheers


VeeShay has written 3 entries about this goal


Uh uh. Nope. Nah. Don’t think so. Not. Oh, I really wish I could help you with that but I can’t. Sorry dude. Don’t look at me. That is really too bad. You’re on your own with that one. This is my queue to exit. Not today. Sorry, but I don’t lend my car any more. I don’t have any money to loan. I can’t keep your kids. I’m not doing that. That is really not my problem. I don’t want to get involved with that. I can’t even put my brain on that right now. I am certain you can find someone who can help you with that. I can’t pay your rent for you. I don’t have a spare $1,000. I can’t help you buy a car. I can’t put you on my insurance. You cannot move in with me. I can’t get you a job. I can’t marry you. We can’t be friends anymore. I can’t go out with you. You cannot sleep at my house. Don’t touch me. Don’t call me anymore. I’m not interested. I don’t have time.

Uh, how about no?! And did I mention no?


I have been living up north for the last few years, which is how I finally learned to say no. These people are sort of off the hook and will take you for everything you have if you let them. I had to learn to barter with shady vendors in Manhattan, turn down jobs where they require overtime at the same hourly rate as regular time, and charge me $1,000 a month for a damaged apartment that I was not even living in and tell me they would not let me out of the lease. NOT!

Timing is everything

I actually have learned to say no, but now I need to be able to say it quicker. Lingering wastes my time and the other persons time, which makes them just as upset as saying no in the beginning.

VeeShay has gotten 29 cheers on this goal.


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