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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Timothy in St. Louis is doing 38 things including…


23 cheers


Timothy has written 9 entries about this goal

43things has been a Joy and an Inspiration.
  • I’m finding that just by expressing myself carefully, and then crafting that expression further, I’m helping myself to clarify and hone my goals, aspiration, hopes, and values.
  • In addition, when I comment on a “plea for help”, I’m finding that I often have something that al least “feels” like it’s worthwhile to say.
  • All of this is bringing my attention towards goal-setting, accomplishment, values clarification, etc.

So even though I haven’t made many entries in this category recently, rest assured that I’m accomplishing it by my participation in 43things.

Hey, I was just able to delete an entire entry!

Has my brain been in a fog? (don’t answer that!) Is this a new feature, or something that’s always been there? It made my entry COUNT go from 8 to 7 also.
Help me out here, is it new?

Does it take effort to achieve our goals & Dreams?
I say YES!!!
The point of this community is not just to post individual lists. What this site allows for is for people to
  • set goals
  • track them for their own sake
  • share their experiences with others (both successes and struggles)
  • encourage (cheers and comments)
  • be encouraged (cheers and comments)
  • see what others are doing to meet their goals, what obstacles they’ve met and overcome, etc.
  • have challenging responses that help focus and refine our thoughts.

Of course, none of these is REQUIRED. However, to the extent that we participate in these activities, our goals and the goals of others are forwarded.

Otherwise, why not just keep a list on paper at home?

You are completely right, Buzzy, in saying that I can’t always assume no entries = no activity or progress. Yet, I’m pretty confident that those who are spending 1/2 hour a day “playing” on this site are the ones making the most progress.

Thanks again for helping me hone my thoughts on this one. I take people who challenge my positions as my stronges allies. You can ALLWAYS find people to agree with you, which accomplishes . . not so much.

Dreams and Goals without action = nothing, nada.
As I visit around this site, I see what is so common in our society of entertainment and instant gratification. Examples?
  • People who see and never participate by signing up.
  • People who sign up, but only list goals without any entries.
  • People who enlist, set up goals with a few entries, and then abandon their projects.
To all of you above, your goals are just dreams and nothing
I’d LOVE for you to prove me wrong. Just look at some of my team-mates: They are MOVERS and SHAKERS, and will accomplish their goals because:
  1. They pay attention to the goals at least weekly
  2. They are interested in supporting others with their goals
  3. They break down a large goal into a bite-sized pieces (How do you eat an Elephant? One bite at a time)
  4. They stick with it
  5. They do not let anything stop them from heading towards their goals (that doesn’t mean they don’t fail). If they fail, they try another approach, try another tactic, try another strategy, etc.

If you’re going to bother to list 43things, you might as well try actually DOING some of them.

This goal can NEVER be reached

Because a self-actualizing type of person can ALWAYS see ways to improve him or her self.

Here's a GREAT summary of Self-Actualization

I’m linking you there instead of copying to honor their copyright.

I'd better explain that "Declaration of Self"

This was something I wrote as a result of attending “The Forum”, in 1992. It is not meant as what I have accomplished, but rather as a statement about “Who I am choosing to become”. It is not intended as something that would be appropriate for anyone else. However, if you find something in it that resonates with you, feel free to “adopt” parts of it and make them your own.


Declaration of Self
  • I am a husband who delights in the commitment that is marriage, who finds the wisdom to be both one and separate. I express daily my affection, support, and tenderness with my beloved.
  • I am a father who opens up joy, possibility, worth and excellence for my children.
  • I am a friend who is challenging and supportive. I am faithful; I share my wisdom and my belongings. I listen attentively and skillfully. I speak the truth with love, insight, and humor.
  • I am Transformational, extraordinary insight and creativity expressed through word, music, visual art, and technology.
  • I will generate justice, wholeness, integrity, openness, empowerment, and understanding. My enemies are: shame, divisiveness, ignorance, indifference, and legalism.
  • I believe in The Source of Love who created a universe filled with the greatest power: Love. I daily spend time seeking that SOL. I give my self to devotedly aligning with that Power.
  • I uncover joy and delight in hidden places.
  • I see the beauty behind the ordinary. I am concerned with substance rather than appearance.
  • I dream the impossible, believe it can happen, take steps to do it, and make it become.
  • I help myself and others discover our blind spots, as well as what we know but are not aware of knowing.
  • I have fun whenever and wherever possible, but not at the expense of others.
  • I choose my words with care, brevity, accuracy, and incisiveness.
  • I am open to the µ (openly infinite) possibilities of life.
  • I help people feel safe yet excited, accepted yet challenged. I learn skills to manage conflict.
  • I am aware of, and am intimate with my own darkness and hurtful behaviors.
  • I accept things and people as they are and yet challenge all of us to become finer still.
  • I act in the face of injustice, cry in the presence of pain, am moved by excellence in any form
  • I grow where I’m planted, transforming rather than re-locating.
  • I do not quit until Love is accomplished.
  • I live powerfully so that I could die at any moment and be complete.

As my chosen ID may indicate. . .

I’ve been interested in the area of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs for some time. At this point in my life, I actually have the security, shelter, food, affection, accomplishment needs all pretty much met. (To my satisfaction, anyway). Now I choose to explore this more deeply, to find ways to maximize my sense of enjoyment, knowledge, and appreciation for life.

Timothy has gotten 23 cheers on this goal.


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