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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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azmathussain is doing 8 things including…

letters to my father


azmathussain has written 1 entry about this goal

to finally say all the things I've always wanted to tell him

Over the last year, I’ve been working on a project that I call “letters to my father”. It’s an attempt to tell my father all the things I’ve always wanted to say to him, but could never put into words until now. It started about a year ago on Father’s Day, when I tried to write him a card, but it spiraled into a tear-filled episode without me even fully completing the task of filling out the card. I think instead I got him a tie and gave him a phone call. My goal is by the end of this year to have my “letters” complete.

It’s so important that I tell him how much he means to me and how great of an influence he has been on my life. I seriously owe every fiber of my being to him, and I couldn’t hope for a better father. I try in small ways to show my appreciation for him, but I feel like I need to put it all into words, to finally tell him how great of a father he is.

I can only hope to someday be even a fraction of the man he is.

If I could rank my goals in order of priority, I would put this at the top. If I could rank them in order of difficulty, this would be at the top, as well. In both cases, any other task is a very, very distant second. Nevertheless, I must do this.


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