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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el m is doing 10 things including…

play along

2 cheers


el m has written 6 entries about this goal


good god, i’m in a [pay] fantasy football league. i don’t watch or understand football [or even own a tv], but a coworker mentioned it and it sounded like fun [i’ve been in leagues before with coworkers and had fun with it].

this is altereggo playing along.

lunch again

i was invited to lunch as a joke [because dude was going to an unhealthy place that he figured i wouldn’t go to], and i went with four other humans!


i spontaneously went to lunch with a coworker. we were out and about for work and he asked if i wanted to get food. i said no at first, but then i stopped myself because there was no legitimate reason for not going. i went, and it was fun. would consider doing again. :]


i joined a committee at work. it kinds makes me cringe, but it’s good exercise for me to do something besides work at work.


.my coworker asked if i was going to an MLK event and of course i said no. but then i changed my mind and went with her and even pretended to network for 5 minutes afterward.


doing things with a group instead of finding reasons to keep myself in my box.

the classic example of this behavior is skipping potlucks at work using such wonderful excuses as my dietary restrictions or errands i need to run at lunchtime. i could bring something i can eat or do errands another day. all excuses are covering the real issue: social anxiety.

toward this goal, i have done 1 thing so far: i went to our department holiday lunch. so go me!

el m has gotten 2 cheers on this goal.


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