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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has been busy at university but is now back!

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  1. 1. Stop procrastinating.
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  2. 2. Eat healthier.
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  3. 3. Go travelling.
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  4. 4. Write a short story.
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  5. 5. Write a novel.
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  6. 6. Begin tutoring.
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How I did it
How to go to university
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6 years
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How to read a book every month
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10 weeks
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Read a book every month (read all 3 entries…)

I now have around 5-10 pages left of my book and I can honestly say that I still find the story just as interesting now as I did when I first began reading about 507 pages ago!

Sadly, I couldn’t finish it last night as ‘sleep’ took over and prevented me from finishing the story then, however I aim to achieve this goal over the weekend!

Read a book every month (read all 3 entries…)
I'm STILL Getting There...

Just a brief update:

Firstly, I am about 352 pages into my book at this moment in time and I am not bored of it at all which is a good sign. However, I haven’t managed to achieve my goal which is to read a book every month as I have now been reading this book for over a month; I have an extremely busy lifestyle (which I love and adore, and which I really don’t want to give up) so that leaves me with a bit of a problem.

The main thing, however, is that I am STILL reading the book and I am actually ENJOYING it! ‘Let The Right One In’ is a fantastic novel that is wonderfully written. The descriptions, the attention to detail, the characters and the plot are all truly fascinating which is what is keeping me going.

Okay, so I haven’t managed to achieve my goal exactly, HOWEVER – I am managing to achieve the “Read A Book” part of it very well.

This is a book that I can see myself finishing very soon (maybe within a couple of weeks).

I may set myself a new goal of “Read A Book Every 6 Weeks”...or I may just try to read a lot more at each ‘sitting’ and stay on track for my original goal…

Read a book every month (read all 3 entries…)
I'm Getting There

I’m a huge fan of reading and have been every since I was a little boy. I am now 23 years old and my passion for reading is still as strong as ever, however I seem to have adopted an incredibly bad habit – I tend to procrastinate quite often, which leads me to only read at night when I’m laying in bed, by which point I can only manage a few pages before I arrive at the Land of Nod. Therefore, it takes me an extraordinary amount of time to finish a book once I get started. Another problem is that with most books, I tend to read up until 80% of the way through, and then I just stop that book altogether and begin reading another book without ever finishing the first story.

However, just recently I have been determined to get out of this vicious circle (reading a book, then never finishing it). I began reading one book, Gomorrah, and after about 50 pages or so I couldn’t get into it, so I switched to Let The Right One In – this is a truly wonderful story. I am 113 pages into it, and I bring it everywhere with me, even though it’s a large hardback which has some weight behind it!

I have realised that in order to successfully read a book every month, I need to find something that interests me as I do not have a very good attention span and tend to get bored rather easily. That is why I would suggest to anybody else attempting to complete this task that they too should read a book which interests them, and not force themselves to read something if they find it about as boring as watching your washing dry.

Even if a book looks interesting when you buy it, and it turns out to be very boring when you begin reading, just stop reading it and choose something that catches your attention better. If anything, reading a book that you are not enjoying will only discourage you and even if you finish it, it will not inspire you to begin another so soon because you may subconsciously compare reading a book with being bored and having no fun, etc.

Put simply, if you don’t enjoy what you’re reading after the first chapter or 50 pages, or whatever then stop and save yourself the agonizing task of having flick through page after page of uninteresting rubbish; buy yourself another book that you like the look of or go to the library, or borrow one from a friend, and if after the first 15 minutes of reading you find yourself wanting to read more, then this may almost certainly be the book to help you to accomplish your goal.

I stopped reading my first book (Gomorrah) after 50 pages/1-2 months, and since switching to my current book (Let The Right One In), I am, as previously mentioned, 113 pages into it, and I’ve only been reading it for a couple of weeks.

I believe that this is what will help people succeed – read something that interests you!

Good luck to all of you fellow readers out there!


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