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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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shhsecret is doing 42 things including…

become more productive


shhsecret has written 1 entry about this goal

I have to keep moving forward

I was verbally abused my entire childhood… and was kept at home most of the time also. Both of my parents hardly ever go ANYWHERE… never have. Therefore I’ve always been stuck with them, day in day out, even now – I moved back in and I NEVER have any alone time… they are ALWAYS here. Just being in my mother’s presence.. makes it so much harder for me to be motivated to be productive.

The way I was raised made it a lot easier for me to succumb to a life of unproductiveness. When you hear damaging words towards you, about you, about who you are and your life, day in day out…. it’s hard to feel like you can do much. When you’ve been around constant negativity and screaming most of your life… it’s hard to see a point in being as productive as you should, sometimes.

It’s been an ongoing struggle for me, to rise above this psychological and emotional bondage. It’s gotten better… but if I don’t work VERY VERY hard and keep a constant check on myself – while still being in the place where I grew up – then I could very easily sink back into the deep, dark hole I was in before.

I must admit, I’m not completely out of that hole yet… but I am seeing a LOT more light and getting closer and closer to being above ground again.

I’m now forcing myself to do daily things, away from work, that I need to do to take care of myself, better myself, and keep moving forward. God brought a man into my life almost a year ago and used him to shake my world up and show me the hope that my life still holds. When it ended between me and the guy… I was devastated, but NOW I feel more motivated to keep moving forward… because I truly want to see myself having a regular, happy life… as I deserve to have one like most people I know. What keeps me moving forward is thinking about how I don’t want to some day fall in love with a man, get married to him, and then have children by him – and end up treating my family the way that my mother has treated me most of my life. I don’t want to be so damaging to myself and to others. I have to take care of myself each day, as if I’m taking care of my future children. I won’t become the monster that my mother was to me, growing up.

I have to stay productive and become more and more each day… keep my head up, keep on moving.


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