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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Jojo S is doing 20 things including…

have more balance and direction in my life

5 cheers


Jojo S has written 2 entries about this goal

spinning plates

Interesting. I don’t remember adding this goal. I like it though! I feel as if I have more balance in my life right now. I like the mix of hobbies I have going, as well as my social life and work.

I don’t feel like I have more direction, but I’m feeling more at peace with that. In “Surely You Must Be Joking, Mr. Feinman”, Feinman talks about how he sees someone spinning a plate in the cafeteria and he starts doing some physics calculations around it. He considers it play, just studying it for fun of it. Eventually, this leads to discoveries that he wins the Nobel Prize for.

I don’t expect to win a Nobel Prize, but I’m feeling more comfortable just doing things that interest me without an end goal in mind.

too many directions

Right now, I’m feeling unfulfilled by work, so I’ve been trying to find direction and meaning in other things. But I’m not really sure where best to channel my energy. My therapist said that times of clarity come after feeling lost. I hope she’s right, and I wonder when I will find (or decide on) my way.

Jojo S has gotten 5 cheers on this goal.

  • Amy A cheered this 8 months ago
  • gitana17 cheered this 11 months ago
  • Ru cheered this 17 months ago
  • mashko cheered this 18 months ago
  • wunderland cheered this 18 months ago


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