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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Josh Petersen

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Do what it takes to be a great Dad (read all 9 entries…)
Spending time together

Sophia and I both love soccer. We spent Saturday afternoon with 50,305 fans watching Mexico vs. Ecuador in an unforgettable setting. Sharing time and interests feels like good glue.

Do what it takes to be a great Dad (read all 9 entries…)
Sometimes it is a Skate King birthday party for a 7 year old

Happy birthday Sabs!

write more love letters (read all 9 entries…)
Say it With Flowers

The card said “I love being married to you.”

Do what it takes to be a great Dad (read all 9 entries…)
A trip with just one child

I took Sophia to Washington DC for a 5 day trip last month. It was phenomenal. So great to spend time with my first born exploring a city I love. We spent really memorable time together: touring congress, visiting museums, and a special tour of the West Wing of the Whitehouse. Sophia’s favorite parts? Going to the zoo, seeing pandas, and renting bikes to ride around the Mall and through Rock Creek Parkway. What I’ll remember most? Holding her hand while she skipped across Lafayette Square, Angry Birds fest in the hotel room, and indulgent ice cream feasts out on the patio. It is so great to have those memories with her.

I’m looking forward to my other two kids having this rite of passage at 10, a solo trip with Dad to Washington, DC. And I’m looking forward to coming up with new destinations to explore 1:1 with the family.

write more love letters (read all 9 entries…)
Love texting

I’m a 140 character spreader of love.

Do what it takes to be a great Dad (read all 9 entries…)
Changed the name

I’ve been thinking about a better way to word my goal for a while. I’m going to try this out. Inspired in part by Ric Elias’s Ted Talk on confronting your regrets:

Do what it takes to be a great Dad (read all 9 entries…)
Needs a better name

This goal still needs a better name.

The objective remains the same. Right now, while my kids are still young, I’m treated with interest and regard by my kids. I feel like each day that goes by is another day where I either furthered my chances of maintaining that sort of rapport with my kids, or I lose it a little bit.

And it isn’t always easy to figure out. Today, Sophia was late for car pool, so I picked up the neighbors and came back for her. When I found her waiting in the alley, she was not happy. I got the silent treatment all the way to school. As a parent, I wouldn’t have played it any differently. As a future lonely old man, I hope she’ll have softened. I think of soccer too. I’ve got too many insights on how to improve her game, but probably not enough insight into how to make her confident and proud of herself.

I wish I had the right wording for this goal. I feel like if I could think it through better, I could get a foothold on making more progress.

My mom is sick right now, and her kids are all involved in taking care of her. I don’t think she worried about this sort of thing and she didn’t need to. My Dad is living out of state and we see him almost not at all. Even when he visits. No doubt, that’s why this goal weighs on my mind.

Be fluent in Italian (read all 3 entries…)
1 more year under my "cintura"

I’ve been going to my Italian class for the last year, pretty much without fail. I can’t say this is getting me that much closer to speaking Italian with any fluency, but it is getting me more and more comfortable babbling in broken Italian. It is a good brain exercise, whatever else it is. Perhaps if I actually studied grammar (or vocabulary) I’d be making more progress. For now, I’ll just brag about my persistence.

Have anyone who has been harrassed by RONF get in touch with Josh Peterson
Terms of Use

It is totally outside of the terms of use to harass people on this site. When we get reports of men making unwanted advances toward women it is particularly concerning. We created 43 Things for people to go public with their life’s desires. We didn’t want a forum for argument and discord.

Creating duplicate accounts to contact people who have made it clear they don’t want to be contacted clearly violates the spirit of the site. If you see a return of such behavior, please block the person and report it to me.

And let’s try and me more awesome to each other, OK?

write more love letters (read all 9 entries…)

I love this goal. Maybe I can write a little love letter to this goal on here. But I’m lagging on actually writing the love letters that matter.

Lose 5 pounds in 30 days (read all 2 entries…)
Progress 2

Weighed in 4 lbs down. Though my confidence in holding this weight is slight.

write more love letters (read all 9 entries…)
Secret Code

Sent a cryptic note this AM.

Lose 5 pounds in 30 days (read all 2 entries…)
Progress report

I’ve been weighing in 2-3 pounds down from my starting point. But the variability is disturbing.

Hire a great developer for
Hiring is so important

We have a great new robot in Joe. He’s already bringing a more empathetic and analytical mood to the room. I blogged more about the process on the company blog. It is fascinating seeing how the tone of the Co-op changes around the talents of the team that is here.

write more love letters (read all 9 entries…)
Mothers and Daughters

Mother’s Day was last Sunday and I sent my wife the best love letter I could for a beautiful mother of 3. She got to sleep in while I herded kids until 11:30 and then we took her out for brunch. It was a sweet day, with lots of love from the kids for their mom, and enough time for the two of us to spend together to make it count. I love you Anne, you are a great Mother, and most beautiful to boot.

Do what it takes to be a great Dad (read all 9 entries…)
I love walks to school with the kids

I had a chance to walk Sophia to school this morning, all by ourselves, and it was simply golden. She loves school and she was radiant in the weak Seattle morning sun. I’ve already forgotten what we talked about, but she reminded me of those years when she was our only child, and how easy it was to enjoy your own child. This was certainly the high point of my week, if not my month, who knows, maybe my year. I love you sweetheart.

write more love letters (read all 9 entries…)
I'm in love with this goal

I’m finding time to write love letters lately. Sometimes good old fashioned pen on paper love letters and sometime new fangled text message love letters. My daughter and I are even sending email love letters. I am in love with love letters. When was the last time you sent one? It is a low risk high reward activity.

Do what it takes to be a great Dad (read all 9 entries…)
New Title

I just changed the name of my goal here from “Remain close to my children” to “Increase the odds that my kids will still talk to me when they grow up”. I felt like the “Remain” goal was too static and too hard to show any progress. It isn’t like this new goal is that much easier to measure, but I can at least keep track of anecdotes that relate positive or negative outcomes.

I’m also boosting this goal to number 2 on my list. Number 1 is about making sure my loved ones know I love them. Number 2 is about going the extra mile for my kids to make sure they know I want to always be a part of their lives.

So I hope I’m not doing this wrong. And I hope my kids will still talk to me when they grow up.

Be fluent in Italian (read all 3 entries…)
Total struggle

I’m still slogging away at Italian, but this week I almost gave up. I never make the time to do my homework and then I spend most of the lesson telling stupid stories in the present tense (and often in the wrong person). Beh!

Write a book (nonfiction)
The easy way: hire a writer

It might be a bit of an overstatement to say I wrote this book (someday I hope to say that definitively) but for now I want to celebrate the accomplishment. Four years ago on New Year’s Eve, we launched into the world, and this New Year’s we are releasing the first 43Things book. It goes on sale Christmas day and it is a great chronicle of the goals people have posted on our site and the wide array of ways people hope to improve their lives.

The simple idea that writing down your goals can help you change your life is so beautiful and has proved true for many of the folks that have been with us on this awesome adventure into a bigger and bolder life. If you find 43Things interesting or valuable, order the book as a reminder of how knowing your goals can help you know what you really want to do with your life.

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