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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twentybytwenty is doing 9 things including…

do something i'm afraid of everyday


 

twentybytwenty has written 4 entries about this goal

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it’s something everyday here, from riding a filthy bus with an autistic child to asking the german boy to stay to watching children scream during physical therapy. quitting school and moving to peru was the best thing I could’ve done to fulfill this one.



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a random assortment that I’ve done:
-wearing red lipstick
-telling a friend an uncomfortable truth
-calling the counseling center
-getting my cartilage pierced



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in many ways, this is the most important goal on my list. I started out doing one concrete thing a day, but gradually it has shifted into more of a change of attitude. there are days when perhaps nothing comes up, but I do not consider it a failure. it’s more about doing things that I recognize I’m afraid of when they come up in my life, rather than always actively seeking them out. The biggest thing that I’ve been doing that I’m afraid of is letting go of certain labels and strict ways of being that aren’t actually helping me to grow. for example, for a long time, I just didn’t “go out” or really drink at all at school. this isn’t a bad thing, but my motivations were not the best. it wasn’t some sort of moral code that kept me from going out, but rather a fear of new situations and interacting with people. I’ve gradually been going out here and there, having a good time, but still quitting while I’m ahead and not letting it interfere with the rest of my life. And it’s good!



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a friend who knows of my list told me the other day that eleanor roosevelt said, “do one thing every day that scares you.” my goal wasn’t based off of this, but I’m glad such an admirable woman shared my same sentiment!



 

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