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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  1. 1. stop smoking
    7 entries . 5 cheers
    3,499 people
  2. 2. lose weight
    42,100 people
  3. 3. Stop picking my fingers
    1 entry
    182 people
  4. 4. stop speeding
    43 people
  5. 5. stop saying "like"
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    279 people
  6. 6. promote healthy atheism
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    24 people
  7. 7. buy a ferrari
    117 people
  8. 8. be happy
    25,048 people
  9. 9. Find a balance between the things I want to do and the things I need to do
    2,325 people
  10. 10. see the ghost of you video by my chemical romance
    485 people
  11. 11. eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day
    1 cheer
    50 people
  12. 12. turn 18
    153 people
  13. 13. learn Mandarin
    1,377 people
  14. 14. Fall in love
    1 entry
    27,212 people
  15. 15. stop smoking weed
    2 entries
    837 people
  16. 16. stop lying
    984 people
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stop smoking weed (read all 2 entries…)
Day 1

As I rarely smoked heavily during the day, today’s been okay. I’ve achieved more just today than I have in my first 3 months on university. I don’t feel proud of that, it’s just put it into perspective how bad I’d let myself get.

I made sure to keep busy with my work today and chilled with a few beers this evening and I felt fine. My problem has been getting to sleep, typically I’d fall asleep instantly because I’d be so baked. I just tried to sleep about an hour ago and as I was lying in bed I saw my phone light up, it was my mate telling me that some of our other mates were looking to get stoned. For some reason I thought that was a good enough reason to start ringing all my dealers to see if I could get anything. Fortunately I wasn’t able to get any as it’s late, which I’m glad of now, and annoyed with myself for having so little will power. But now I know I’ll make it to tomorrow, and I’d feel more pleased with myself if it wasn’t for the mess I’ve got myself into with my work. I can’t talk to anyone from university or my family about it and I’ve never felt so isolated.

But it’s my own fault and I’ve only got myself to blame…I just wish I hadn’t been so naive

stop smoking weed (read all 2 entries…)
Time to sort myself out

I first smoked weed when I was 14 but it was always a very occasional thing, probably picking up to once a month by the time I was 16 so I never had a problem control myself. Although 2007 seems to have been the year of getting myself hooked on the stuff. For the last six months I’ve smoked weed/spice (legal alternative) almost everyday. At first it was for pure enjoyment but soon I found I wouldn’t be able to get to sleep without at least one joint.

I’m now a few months into my first year of university, I don’t even know how far behind I am as I haven’t been in for weeks, I’ve lost touch with the friends I initially made when I first arrived at uni, probably got hacked off with me never texting back or returning calls because I was too stoned to remember or do it. I went home for christmas and, of course, I couldn’t last one day without having to sneak out and spark up. I disgust myself as my family have absolutely no idea and this would disappoint them more than anything else.

It’s time for me to stop, I’ve forgotten who I really am anymore, I feel like a loser whenever I’m stoned around other people, I make normal generic conversation with them and just subtly try to get away the whole time…these are my friends!
I want to get everything back on track and start living my life again.

Fall in love

I’ll be completely honest, I’ve never really had a proper girlfriend and i’m 18 now which kinda sucks. I mean I’m not completely repellant to women, I can talk to them really easily but I’ve just never had the confidence or commitment to officially be with someone. I guess I’m scared of being committed to being with someone and related to that person by my mates, it just scares me. But I’ve just come to uni a couple of weeks ago and I’ve met so many new people it’s great. Obviously at the back of my mind I’m thinking of who I might like to see more of and maybe make things more serious. Anyway, last night I was with my best mate of 4 years and we were at the union and there was this girl who I’d met earlier and she seemed really nice and I was pretty into her, I told my mate and he was cool about it. As the night went on she seemed to get pretty close to me which was good, but then I saw there wasn’t really a big spark. anyway my mate ends up getting with her and then spending the night with her. I mean fair enough if it was anyone else but this is my best mate getting with someone he knows I really liked, and fair enough again but it gets to me because I would NEVER do that to a good mate.
Anyway there was another girl I met that night who seemed really nice and I get along with her really well, turns out she really likes me which is always good and she’s nice looking. But I just don’t wanna end up being with someone who’s effectively 2nd place to who I really wanted.
Any advice would be really appreciated

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