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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make a difference in someone's life
Do you live by yourself on another planet?

If not, what is your excuse!

You don’t have to push someone out from under a falling piano to make a difference in their life but it does take a little effort – like releasing the muscles in your frown to form a pretty smile for someone; or a kind hand gesture while waiting at the traffic light. If you have all kinds of crazy energy maybe you could pick up the phone and push a few numbers, wash a car or mow a lawn. Maybe you know someone who would appreciate a nice meal, a visit, or even a card. Why not just do it?

be understood by my family
Just be you

I spent 30+ years struggling with this and in the end, after both of my parents were dead I realized that the inability to see the forest for the trees is just part of being a parent. Doesn’t mean they don’t love you – just that they might never understand you. I guess if I had it to do over again (and if I cared more about what my family or anyone else thought of me – which I didn’t and still don’t) I would not let there be any mistake about who I am and what I stand for.

Take over the world
Dubya tried it..

Nobody likes him now!

stop wasting time
I used to waste time

Then I got a job and learned what wasting time really was. Life will pass you by and if you live long enough you will wake up one day and ask yourself what the heck happened. I did!

have a cat
Just one please.

I used to think I wanted a cat. She was a beautiful baby, long black and white hair that stood straight up. Little did I know she had too brothers that were part of the package. I just wanted Babs but I wound up with half the litter – thought I go mad. The boys outlived Babs by 6 years and she was 13 when she died. One of the boys was a sprayer and he never stopped… wish the wife and I had of bought stock in Feliway! We had to move it was so bad. Twice!

own an island

I used to own an Island off the coast of Florida back in the 80s. It cost me $1.00/year to lease it from the government. I always wanted to build an A-frame house and boat dock on the island and make a vacation home of it but insurance was too high and there were some legal issues with the lease arrangement. The bugs were bad too – my wife and I fondly remember the place as Mosquitoville. I never wanted an island again after that one.

pilots license
Too expensive

unless you want to make a career out of it or just have too much money this goal may well be just another trap. I learned to fly and bought a plane and now, several years later, I find that I fly less and less each year. Fuel prices are brutal right now and it doesn’t look like that will change anytime soon.



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