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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Thomas in Rochester is doing 37 things including…

defend someone defenseless

23 cheers


Thomas has written 1 entry about this goal

Laugh and the world laughs with you,

Cry and you’re a whiner that’s overstayed his welcome. I can understand why. I really can. Who wants to be around someone that brings them down? Nobody. And since we all have a limited amount of time to go mulling about the planet, we simply can’t waste our precious seconds with those who are just too low

Well, I say BULLSHIT! Yeah, we might have better things to do than to be brought down by someone’s annoying whining, but sometimes the annoying whining is the only thing keeping the person going. By the time the whining stops, the person may have stopped as well.

It’s true, some people just like to complain. Some people just want attention. But maybe it’s because they know they need it but they don’t know how to ask for it. Maybe they aren’t assholes, maybe they are in pain.

I met a young lady the other day at She submitted a story that she listed as a “memoir.” The lady in the story was in her early twenties and had the bad habit of calling 911 with the false report of a young girl being sexually molested. The authorities would come and find only her. She’d admit she made the call and they’d threaten to have her arrested for impeding their lifesaving work and then leave.

I don’t know if her story was real anymore than I know if she was real. I only saw her words in a white box on my computer screen. But I think it’s sad that someone so obviously in need of help would be ignored because she asked for it in the wrong way.

The bottom line is that not everybody knows how to function in our complex society. Even those who have found a moderate or greater level of success don’t always know how to deal with the many obstacles that can appear. They might not know where to turn. They might not know who to ask, how to ask, or even what to ask for. Does that mean we should let them fall by the wayside?

If you see someone looking for attention, do you wonder why they are seeking it? Do you assume they are just a troublemaker or do you wonder what pain they are trying to escape from? If someone is so lonely or so scared that the only way they can think of to get attention is to become destructive, they need our help and our love, not our disgust.

I don’t mean to be preachy and I have my own reasons for writing this. You may agree or you may disagree. I respect both possibilities, but at the very least, I hope you have pause for thought the next time you see someone acting up. You may notice they are sadly lacking in something that you have in abundance—kindness.

Thomas has gotten 23 cheers on this goal.


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