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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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Rose in Sydney is doing 43 things including…

stop swearing


Rose has written 3 entries about this goal

Swear jar

Thanks to whoever suggested it here..
Well.. I was doing a thing where I’d pen little dots on my arm every time I swore and pay it back at the end of the day (10c each) but that got a bit awkward and difficult to track after a week or two weeks so I’m not sure if I’ve had much progress. I just shrug and put heaps of money in my ‘stop bl**dy swearing!’ jar. At least some charity will be pleased!
Also, I’ve increased my usage of the words ‘Gosh’, ‘Wow’ and ‘Yikes’. :)

I'm atrocious!

I don’t know what to do!
I try to correct myself but..


I stopped swearing very frequently, towards the end of last year. But now, the more I try to curb it, the more it slips out! I adore words and want to be able to instantly call upon the mot juste without resorting to swear words. Why is this so engrained?

I guess it’s especially hard because I don’t want to compromise. Making visceral (?) noises (e.g. “Gah!”) is primitive, and using phonetically similar euphemisms (?) (e.g. “Mothertrucker!”) is irritatingly pointless (nobody’s fooled).

I’ve been saying “Curses!” a little bit.
“A plague on your house!” doesn’t work as well.


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