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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Improve my dancing.
Ballroom dancing is a cultural skill

I never thought it would be true, but waltzing is a relevant skill in my life. I learned when I was small, playing Brigitta in a community theater production of The Sound of Music but I didn’t realize that I’d need the knowledge later. I am in a waltz-necessary situation about three times a year, and I’m always mortified. Americans are notoriously bad dancers…I’d like to be the exception.

My friend and I are taking ballroom lessons with our kids this year. By next September I want to waltz competently and be able to enjoy several other dances.



go on a silent retreat
more time to calm the monkey mind

I want to make a quiet clearing for God for a few days. That’s all…my meditation time each day gets badly scrunched by the many items I need to get through. I want to have nothing else to do but be still and listen. I want to be alone with the Sacred for hours at a stretch.



bring up tolerant, intelligent, self-confident children
and it wasn't that hard

My kids are almost grown now, and they are open-minded and kind-hearted without being too precious. They grow as we treat them. They’ll be tolerant if we are tolerant; stand for justice if we so stand. They will be intelligent if we expose them to many different ideas (stack books everywhere and let them read anything). And self-confidence comes from experiencing one’s own competence…not from that ridiculous “A for Everyone” affirmation, but from a deep sense of one’s own abilities. Give ‘em chores and let them learn how to do things that seem hard for them. Let them know that you rely on them to pull their share. And don’t give false praise. At least, that worked for me.



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