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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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Explorer Soul in Canada is doing 28 things including…

Reconnect with the inspired side of me

17 cheers


Explorer Soul has written 3 entries about this goal


I wanted to add a new goal entitled “Explore my interests” but since my list is full at the moment and this goal might fit within this one, I thought I would add it here.

A few things that are at the forefront now are journalism and working with horses and animals.

I called a local university to find out if some of their journalism courses could be taken outside of the regular program, but unfortunately this isn’t possible. I am also looking at different ways of possibly becoming more involved with horses.


I am really feeling the need for this lately. I need to make choices that will lead me to a life that reflects me.

Lost explorer

I’ve had this goal around for quite some time, yet had not written an entry until now.

A few years ago, I was working and really feeling uninspired and unfulfilled. It was really affecting my emotional state.

When I added this goal, I felt like this site in itself actually helped me to reconnect with myself a bit.

When I have had to identify certain values over the past few years, one of the first things often seemed to be freedom. I think in many ways I have felt stuck, limited by timing or lack of finances or circumstances or my own fears and uncertainties.

In a few months, I will reach a point once again where I could do something. And unlike in the past, I may have the means to do so. But, like the past, I’m not sure what it is I should do. There is a world of possibilities and so many things to consider that I am frozen and unable to make a move. It’s not a good feeling.

I feel it’s so important to nourish those parts of myself that are waiting to be tapped into, to nurture the things that interest me, to challenge myself, for my own sense of wellbeing and to be a better partner and in general be better for those around me.

The sad part is feeling I am sometimes waiting for my life to start. I feel I need to do something different, just to try, to break out of this sort of rut I’m in, to get the ball rolling. But the idea of having only one opportunity (even though this idea may be false) and trying to think of what I want to do most makes it difficult and can be overwhelming. I end up without any real clarity, unable to make a decision and watching the chance pass me by without any change.

I think about when I was younger, how I used to wander and explore and I think that’s one of the parts I would like to reconnect with.

One of the things I would like to do is travel. The where is always the tricky part and so is the how because I often want to do more than just visit a place. I want to be able to live somewhere for a while.

I think I need to write things down – things that interest me and inspire me. I don’t know if I will come any closer to figuring things out but it’s worth a try.

Explorer Soul has gotten 17 cheers on this goal.


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