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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strobefire in Concord is doing 20 things including…

Be less afraid of failure

20 cheers


strobefire has written 3 entries about this goal

If you work really, really hard...

‘If you work really, really hard, and you’re kind… Amazing things will happen to you.’

- Conan O’Brien

We all have losses in life...

“We’re all going to lose in life. You’re going to lose your wife, your mother, your father. We all have losses in life, and the ones who can really overcome those losses and just keep living…can come back and be successful. You can’t go die because you lost. I did my best and I trained. I was in shape and I lost.”

- Muhammad Ali

Our fear to fail

As people, we’re very afraid of failure. In school, the worst grade you can get is an F. Failure. We have a word to describe those who fail. Loser.

Looking back, I’ve done an awful lot of failing. I was a terrible runner my first year of high school, but after nine years, and two marathons later, I finally felt that I had running all figured out. The first time I had an interview, I bombed, totally. But all it takes is practice. I don’t think there’s anyone who’s great at something from the start without prior experience or at least something that’s remotely similar.

The truth is, failure allows us to learn and to succeed. What’s going to inspire us more, initial success or initial defeat? Defeat, however bitter it may taste, allows us to come back, to right the wrong, to make the impossible possible again. So let’s not be afraid of failing, it just might set us on the path to success.

strobefire has gotten 20 cheers on this goal.


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