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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brighteyes82 in Canada is doing 27 things including…

think positively

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brighteyes82 has written 6 entries about this goal

Much better

Things have gotten much better lately. Sometimes just a little bit of positive thinking can turn things around.

Culture shock

I realize that I’ve been thinking way too negatively lately. But it’s helpful to think of this as culture shock – a stage that is almost unavoidable, and something that will pass. I’ve been here for over 7 months and even though it’s been difficult, I’ve never really wanted to go home. I was happy for the opportunity to be here. This past week, I’ve wanted to go home – badly. But I think everyone who lives in another country experiences these kinds of feelings. I just need to focus on all of the positive aspects of being here. Thinking negatively will just cause me to become more and more homesick and resentful.


I’ve been feeling very homesick lately. The thought of staying here for two years seems incredibly overwhelming. I’ve been feeling down and I just want to go home where things are easy (well, easier).
I noticed that recently I keep on focusing on the negative. I need to change that. For the most part, I’m happy here. Just because I’m homesick right now doesn’t mean that things won’t get better. I just have to have faith that this too will pass.


I’m going to put everything I have into thinking positively over the next couple days.


Lately I’ve been thinking more positively about my own life. But I’m still a bit of a cynic or a pessimist about the fate of the human race. I believe in the good of people, but I don’t think we can fix the mess we’ve made for ourselves.
I wonder if it’s possible to change this pattern of thinking…


I’m getting better at making this a priority.

brighteyes82 has gotten 28 cheers on this goal.


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