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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Debra von Cinangka

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Goal: To pare down to 100 things

Early this year I read an article about a groundswell movement by people aiming to pare down there stuff to only 100 things. I now plan to weed out as much stuff as I can over a period of two years to see how little I can get by on. Mahatma Gandhi apparently lived with only 10 things, while Buddha Gautama got by with only eight things. I think it’s key that they were both male. Modern women lug around more than one hundred things daily in their handbags alone! My bag was my first target. I sort it out daily to make sure I only carry the absolute bare essentials. My next target was (still is) the master bedroom at home. My guess is, at the end of two years, I will have to admit that my intermediate goal will have to be: 100 things IN EACH ROOM in my home. But even that would already be a major achievement for me. Isn’t it amazing how much stuff we accumulate as the years go by, and never even think that most of the things we own are not even necessary for us to live good lives?


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