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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So I’ve always been a very pessimistic person, I am someone who used to see the glass as half empty. I thought nothing was ever good and I was just not even close to good enough. Suffice to say my pessimism had an adverse affect on my outlook. I was no longer content, before even trying something I would believe I would fail. This resulted me in not even trying to apply at my dream school. I always wanted to go to Harvard to study pre law and them move on to law school. The negative voice in my heart took over my brain and said why bother applying when you know you won’t get in? But this nagging feeling in me said if I don’t try now I will regret later on. So I applied. Yup I got rejected. I cried. I was sad and disappointed but eventually I was happy to know that I won’t ever regret not knowing. I go to another university now and my dream to go to Harvard law school remains. But what this taught me was that when I’m negative I fail to try and when I fail to try I start to question what if?.... So its not like I’m always positive, cause sometimes I succumb to that negative voice. But I pull back from it because I’m tired of living in fear. So be free, don’t be negative because who knows what tomorrow brings. All we can do is make ourselves happy by looking at the positive outlook. So what if we fail or don’t get what we want? Everybody goes through it at some points in their life, some even fail throughout only to succeed after death. So let go of the negativity, and embrace the happiness and indifference to what can go wrong in this thing or that. what is meant to happen always does. Be happy, and look at the positive side!


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