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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charleymarley in London is doing 17 things including…

stop being shy

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charleymarley has written 1 entry about this goal

For as long as I can remember...

...I have been shy. It once got so bad I couldn’t even buy things in shops on my own because I was so scared that I’d make an idiot out of myself or that people would laugh at me. I think it’s because I take so much notice of what other people do, how they walk, how their mouth moves, the little twitches some people have, that I have an obsession with making sure no-one sees any characteristics I might hold.

I people watch and have become a pro at recognizing parts of people personalities that I don’t like, or are weak and vulnerable. So when I see those in people I’m fearful I might be the same.

I always feel like other people can make better conversation than me, are wittier than me, are more interesting etc. So when I come face to face with a new person I get nervous that they’ll think I’m not worth their time or that I’m a horrible person. I’ve got better at doing things on my own and not relying on others to be there with me. I can walk down a street on my own and not feel like I want to curl up and die, but I’m still insecure about things, the general insecurities women go through I guess.

Ultimately, I’d like to be more confident with myself so that I’m always in the mood to walk down a street on my own and not care if I accidentally trip or something! I want my blushing to stop when people talk to me, and calm myself down more so my heart doesn’t pump like mad when an embarrassing situation arises.

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