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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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robert in United Kingdom is doing 28 things including…

Do something amazing and not even know I did it.

7 cheers


robert has written 1 entry about this goal

I guess this one is more or less

Similar to the ‘make a difference’ goal that many others have on 43t.

This one is more a ‘hope I just do this without even realising’ thing.

More the kind of goal that I may not never really know one way or the other whether something I did was amazing or not (unless I was told of course).

To me, it could well be the most simple and ordinary thing in the world, yet to an observer or recipient it could really be amazing. Not necessarily jaw dropping kick arse wow amazing, but amazing nonetheless.

Some folks, me included, tend to measure things or compare events or people against all sorts of varying criteria, adjudging them against some otherwise imposed set of perceptions that suggest a, b, or c is only really ok, if it meets x,y or z and if it doesn’t then its put on the pile of could do betters. When in reality, perhaps its more the case that if anybody is going to do any judging or measuring then it should be either the observing person who notices it for the act that it is, or the person on the end of it!

See Im thinkng here that IF you are doing something amazing AND you dont even KNOW that you are, THEN you are doing something right and are on a good path.

Does that make sense?

Why did I find that such a difficult thing to explain?

robert has gotten 7 cheers on this goal.


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