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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meliflower in Whittier is doing 43 things including…

Stop comparing myself to other people

58 cheers


meliflower has written 3 entries about this goal

Have I stopped? No

Have a cut down to a very low level…YES! I’m very happy with myself here.

Comparison is horrible through and through. I want no part of it. My mind seems engineered towards it so I had to really retrain my thoughts in a counter-intuitive manner…

I have obtained partial success and will take inventory in this later in 2007. I hope to cross this off my list at some point, only for the improvement in quality of life.

The less I worry about how I measure up to others

The happier I am.

Comparison is the root of much evil!

Comparison is the fast track to misery. No matter who I compare myself to, I will either come up too short or in a better position. What good does being in a better position do me? It makes me complacent, maybe feeling like I’m actually better than the person…this is ugly. It creates a mental isolation from that person, instead of closeness. It fosters competition in an already competitive world. What does coming up short do? It knocks down my esteem, makes me desperately competitive, makes me feel like life is hard and unfair, makes me ask why???? There is rarely if ever an even balance…I am finding that comparison almost never creates any positive feeling.

meliflower has gotten 58 cheers on this goal.


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