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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mayagirl in Sacramento is doing 31 things including…

be the best person i can be

3 cheers


mayagirl has written 3 entries about this goal

Daily reminder

11 months ago I posted this. 5 months ago I stopped trying. 5 days ago, I became aware of the consequences.

Why does it seem so hard to maintain all the things it takes to be good, all the time?

In any case, I’m back on the horse.

you know it when you see it

Here’s how I will know that I’m being the best person I can be:

1. I am confident that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing most of the time.

2. I treat other people the way I want to be treated, even when I am really stressed out and feeling particularly selfish.

3. I feel a greater sense of purpose about my daily life.

4. I feel confident in my choices, in friends, in how I spend my money, in what I choose to do for work, etc.

5. I work at maintaining and deepening the relationships I have with people, for their benefit and mine.

6. I feel good about my intellect, my appearance and my daily activities.

How will I know?

I think that maybe this deserves some more consideration. Where am I starting from, how far do I want to go, and what is a realistic timeframe? Should I detail all the things about me that I don’t like, that need improvement? Should I document when I do things that contradict the idea of a better person? Am I being too perfectionist about the entire concept of a “better person”? Should I focus on behaviors or thoughts, or both, and in which order? Should my evaluation measures be internal assessments, or outcome-based?

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