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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qling in Calgary is doing 33 things including…

let people in

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qling has written 2 entries about this goal

I'll consider this done.

I have let some people in, such as coming out to a couple people at work. This has worked for me, to a certain extent.

The second part of getting this done was to realize more about my personality. I’m a bit introverted, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I don’t have to become a social butterfly because that’s just not me.

The third part of getting this done was to know that I don’t have to let everybody in. To the homophobic racists idiots I meet, some of whom I have to work with, well I’ll just walk away and ignore them. I don’t have to let anybody in that I don’t want to.

Also, I think that I hide who I really am from people, but I have realized that this is not true. They see what they need to see of me. All the bad qualities that I was afraid to let anyone see, this isn’t actually badness in me, I was just judging myself too harshly, because I grew up with a VERY critical parent.


I think that “let people in” is a pretty generic goal, so I’ll explain a bit. I hide certain parts of myself from others, even good friends, because I’m afraid they’ll be disgusted. I think what “let people in” really means for me, is to become comfortable with myself enough to not have barriers that stop me from doing things I want. It also means not hiding things/parts of myself from people that I am close to, if I am hiding due to shame.

qling has gotten 2 cheers on this goal.


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