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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Paper Airplane in Northwest Indiana is doing 34 things including…

finish my masters degree

22 cheers


Paper Airplane has written 56 entries about this goal


I passed.
I did it.
I’m done.

Graduation is Tuesday, December 14th.

Holy shit.
What just happened?

*crosses fingers*

I should find out today or tomorrow that I officially passed.

New exam date

Wednesday, Oct. 6th.

I’ll pass. I really have no other choice. lol

All is right with the world.

I finally met w/ L at Panera for about an hour or so. Great meeting. I know exactly what I’m working with. I DID run out an get myself a giant white board (shout out to Sheldon!). I got this. :)

Goddamn it...

L never responded to my email asking her about her schedule. I knew she was on vacation, so I didn’t want to bother her… but now it’s almost August. I now only have two and a half months to study, WTF?!

I’m emailing the Dept. secretary, to ask if I can get a question from a different professor. This shit is ridiculous.

On track

Heard back from L. Looks like we’re gonna meet for coffee a few times over the summer to go over the retest material (hopefully Rose and Freire). Cool. I got this.


L’s going on sabbatical at the end of July, so that doesn’t leave much time to study with her directly, but I stated that I wanted an option of instant message conferencing in the event we couldn’t meet in person. She said she’ll give the plan some thought, and get back to me.

At least I finally got in contact w/ the woman.

I need more time

Work sucks, and I’m working my other job for the next two months as well. (Let’s hear it for extra money, at least…)

So I’m opting to meet w/ L over the summer into fall, take the exam in October, and graduate in December.

The envelope please...

J: Pass
C: Pass
L: Fail

*shakes fist at the sky

Nah. I get to retest in the next few weeks, pass that damn thing, walk in May, and graduate in August. It’s cool, yo.


We haven’t gotten our grades yet, but I’m 99% sure I failed the third one. We get a second chance. I fired off a 500 word email to my professor expressing my own disappointment in myself, and my willingness to meet w/ her to get prepared to knock this finally out.

Paper Airplane has gotten 22 cheers on this goal.


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