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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larahol in San Diego is doing 31 things including…

improve my communication skills


 

larahol has written 1 entry about this goal

willing to help, while being in need

this was the first goal that i set for myself in hoping to change for the better. graduating has been MUCH harder than expected and i was embarrassed to admit that fact. but i knew that if i opened up, i would find people in similar situations. while i stayed silent for about 3 months out of fear, i began having anxiety attacks and suffered depression because of the problems in my life. that was when i knew i had a problem. after extended periods of time failing to get out of bed, not eating right, drinking too much, missing work… i knew it was time to make a change. i tried to do this by myself because i thought i was strong enough. that’s when i realized i wasn’t getting better. in fact i was getting worse. so i let it all out on the table with friends and family and now, more and more (including this post) having been trying to make aquaintances/complete strangers aware that the best thing you can do is communicate and get help. it opens up the world. while i’m sure many people are not as extreme as this, use me as a catalyst. if i can do it, think how easy it will be for you. and if you are suffering as much, know that there is something better and it is you! as cliche as it is, it is true. a better life exists for everyone. myself included. i am worried that i have now lost my filter entirely and that is weeding people out. it is good to know who your true friends are, but while i hope to be authentic, i don’t want to scare people. although, in my opinion, the best lessons are the hardest learned… which is something that has taken me 23 years and 11 months to learn.



 

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