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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serenedisturbance is doing 29 things including…

Be a better friend

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serenedisturbance has written 2 entries about this goal

Bought a bunch of success cards for some friends

that have helped me quite a bit this semester. Hope they like the surprise.

Today, I wrote an email to a previously close friend

We used to be very close but after some incidents, decided not to talk to the other. It was one of those weird fights were no fighting words were exchanged. We just decided to not speak, inevitably holding grudges

Today, I decided to write this friend an email, asking for a favor. The friend then responded to my email by calling me and in the process we began talking about why we had decided to part.

All the real issues came out, the resentment, the pain, everything from both sides. A huge part of the problem was our interpretation of a series of events and our pride. We interpreted certain events as slights and decided that instead of talking to the other about it, we would just hold grudges.

We hashed out everything tonight, arguing, yelling, eventually apologizing and now finally, our friendship is on the path to healing.

This would have all been avoided if we had both TALKED about how we felt in the early weeks.

It’s amazing how not talking to a friend for weeks can escalate to the point where you feel the person is now a stranger

Since my goals include not only making but retaining friendships, I need to identify things that hinder its attainment.

And one of the things I have learnt tonight is that if I ever fight with a friend, I should not allow resentment to fester in my heart. Rather, I should talk to that person, presumably when tempers have cooled so that hurt feelings don’t build up.

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