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. make a difference
    7,137 people
  2. 2. be my own best friend
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    71 people
  3. 3. attain a 90% average in school
    1 person
  4. 4. get married
    21,332 people
  5. 5. speak French fluently
    2,308 people
  6. 6. donate blood
    2,847 people
  7. 7. self-actualize
    84 people
  8. 8. live without a tv for a year
    7 people
  9. 9. be my ideal weight
    40 people
  10. 10. see the northern lights
    19,115 people
  11. 11. write a book and have it published
    2,675 people
  12. 12. travel the world
    21,175 people
  13. 13. live in New York City
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    2,842 people
  14. 14. live in France for a year
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    43 people
  15. 15. visit Banff National Park in Canada
    3 people
  16. 16. become an organ donor
    42 people
  17. 17. write a play
    683 people
  18. 18. run a marathon
    12,897 people
  19. 19. go to Haiti
    22 people
  20. 20. visit the Machu Picchu
    2 people
  21. 21. go to Tibet
    237 people
  22. 22. volunteer in Africa
    633 people
  23. 23. get a master's degree
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    2,999 people
  24. 24. become a yoga instructor
    278 people
  25. 25. write for a living
    325 people
  26. 26. never get divorced
    87 people
  27. 27. learn to be functionally fluent in Arabic
    1 person
  28. 28. build my own worm compost
    1 person
  29. 29. learn to sew the holes in my socks
    1 person
  30. 30. live in the middle east
    9 people
  31. 31. take an art class
    398 people
  32. 32. go hang-gliding
    126 people
  33. 33. become my best self
    3 people
  34. 34. fall in love again
    1,974 people
  35. 35. spend less time on the computer
    989 people
  36. 36. become self-sufficient
    95 people
  37. 37. write more letters
    1,879 people
  38. 38. fill up my moleskine notebook
    1 person
  39. 39. save $5000
    311 people
  40. 40. ride my bike as much as I can
    2 people
  41. 41. learn to follow a budget
    1 person
  42. 42. meet more people
    821 people
  43. 43. read every book I own
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meet Margaret Atwood

I met Margaret Atwood at the opening of the International Festival of Authors in Toronto.

She conducted an interview with Ian Rankin. It was very entertaining. Rankin was hilarious. Atwood was very monotone but her questions were entertaining and witty.

It really wasn’t as big of a deal as I thought it was.

lose 15kg and keep it off

Ugh…I am so not on my way to attaining this goal.

I ordered a large box of onion rings, a large box of chicken wings, and a bag of two-bite brownies. I ate it all in one sitting.

That must have been about a thousand calories right there.

I feel horrible. Both physically and emotionally.

take an official IQ test

You shouldn’t let an IQ determine your life for you.

Whether or not you know what your IQ is, just do whatever you want to do and don’t stop trying until you get it.

Besides, people with extremely high IQ tend to have lower “success” rates than others.

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