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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benjithedog's Life List

  1. 1. travel the world
    21,175 people
  2. 2. grow a garden
    934 people
  3. 3. go on a road trip with no predetermined destination
    21,500 people
  4. 4. direct a film
    1 entry
    244 people
  5. 5. create something beautiful
    514 people
  6. 6. Hike the inca trail to machu picchu
    82 people
  7. 7. go to japan
    3,749 people
  8. 8. run a marathon
    1 cheer
    12,897 people
  9. 9. Make enough money so that money doesn't matter
    283 people
  10. 10. Drive the autobahn.
    60 people
  11. 11. Take more pictures
    15,312 people
  12. 12. Learn Mandarin Chinese
    312 people

How I did it
How to see Flaming Lips in concert
It took me
4 years
It made me
In love

How to pierce my nose
It took me
1 day
It made me

How to learn Tai Chi
It took me
1 day
It made me

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learn to let go of bad feelings sooner (read all 2 entries…)
I think that I can do this now

It’s been a while since I’ve really hung on to bad feelings and let things stew. I guess I forgot about it but seeing this made me remember, it’s not really a problem anymore

Learn Portuguese (read all 2 entries…)
I'm counting this as learning

I’m not fluent in any way but I took some actual classes and now I understand some basic grammar and vocabulary. That’s enough to get me started, if I ever go somewhere that speaks Portuguese it’ll be enough to be able to brush up on it and try talking with people!

ride my bike year round (read all 2 entries…)

I love my bike, I love biking! But it’s getting cold and I just don’t have the money or motivation to actually buy all the gear I need to stay warm but not sweaty on my way to school. I’ve just gotten busy and I’ve been doing things after school at night too so I’ve just started driving. The problem is that I live like 2-4 miles from campus and the road I have to ride on is a car-packed highway. I don’t want to A) get hit by a car as I’m riding home at night or B) slip on ice and get run over in the winter.
If I get a bike to keep on campus and ride it around then I’ll call this year a success and maybe try again next year.

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