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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Leonard Lin in San Francisco is doing 29 things including…

be financially independent

5 cheers


Leonard Lin has written 2 entries about this goal

Philosophical Contemplation of what Financial Independence Entails

That’s a fancy-pants way of reconsidering my thinking on reaching financial independence.

The way I have been thinking about it in the past is to acquire a large lump sum of financial wealth as principal and to be able to subsequently fund future projects.

An alternative path towards financial independence is via a continual revenue stream, if a project can reliably guarantee returns that can cover expenses.

When this gets interestingly is when these alternatives are laid out as two choices in a more than theoretical fashion.

First Step

I finally quit my job, which seems to be a good first step towards this goal.

Step 2 will be to start a business or turn an existing project into one.

Leonard Lin has gotten 5 cheers on this goal.


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