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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a3000 is doing 35 things including…

Stop being jealous of and making comparisons of myself to other people


a3000 has written 1 entry about this goal

Jealousy is ugly--here are my ways to get over it.

1) Set your own goals. What do you want at the moment, right now? A clean house, peace, understanding, ect. What would make YOU happy? Is this goal beneficial to you, will it not harm others? If so, this is a good goal.

2) If you see people who are better off that you are (they are happier, they have more friends, more money, are more attractive physically, are smarter, better/more educated ect.) and this makes you jealous/upset/irritated, this could be because you want what they have! Set up a goal to obtain that or incorporate it a little. Make sure you can fully complete this goal and OWN it or simplify it. Example: You don’t have to have all the newest clothes, just make a list of what you have right now and what few pieces would help bring your wardrobe up to date. You could also go for a self tan, or get a hair cut and highlights or a manicure ect. This wouldn’t be that expensive—it could be as simple as doing your own nails, taking better care of your hair and skin and buying a new blouse for work.

3) Just remember, everyone has to earn these things in order for them to fully own them. If everything was handed over to you in life, you won’t have any incentive to go and do better.

4) Some people are more privileged in life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be happy for who you are and what you have and what your role is in life and most importantly, what you choose to “give away” do for others. Better gifts given = Greater personal happiness. Life isn’t about stuff.

5) Don’t forget to take care of your needs first—write them down as they come to you (example: financial peace (spend and invest wisely).

6) If you want to be better, you have to do better. If you want/need more money, calculate the benefits and risks (write those down), carefully analyze, and then write down step-by-step your plan to achieve this.

7) Do something now. If you don’t do anything, you will look up later at others and see what they have and will be upset (internally or externally). That isn’t pretty at all! That is gross behavior and it’s completely wrong in my books!

8) If you are “afraid” to do better because someone will hate you for being better, look over this list, remember that you were once like that. Help them change, or remove them from your life and focus on better causes.


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