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. Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful.
    61 entries . 13 cheers
    880 people
  2. 2. stuff a car full of people and drive to The Maple Tree Inn for unlimited buckwheat pancakes and maple syrup
    1 entry . 7 cheers
    1 person
  3. 3. stop biting my nails
    6 entries . 19 cheers
    7,261 people
  4. 4. be a size 8 again
    6 entries . 12 cheers
    6 people
  5. 5. Practice compassion for myself and others
    3 cheers
    2 people
  6. 6. contact at least one friend each week
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    2 people
  7. 7. write a book
    2 entries . 15 cheers
    31,383 people
  8. 8. identify 43 things that make me happy.
    7 entries . 3 cheers
    17 people
  9. 9. play the trumpet again
    21 cheers
    27 people
  10. 10. speak with far more circumspection
    6 cheers
    1 person
  11. 11. Get a PhD
    1 entry . 8 cheers
    2,976 people
  12. 12. see the Sabres win the Stanley Cup
    3 entries . 5 cheers
    7 people
  13. 13. donate blood regularly
    15 cheers
    298 people
  14. 14. Be seen waving from such great heights
    1 entry . 16 cheers
    20 people
  15. 15. accept myself
    2 entries . 16 cheers
    652 people
  16. 16. complete the Seven Mile Bridge Run
    7 cheers
    1 person
  17. 17. organize a holiday brass group
    4 cheers
    1 person
  18. 18. list 43 women i wouldn't kick outta bed
    22 entries . 3 cheers
    8 people
  19. 19. Get a tattoo
    1 entry . 4 cheers
    21,926 people
  20. 20. go to coachella
    2 cheers
    184 people
  21. 21. do work that I LOVE
    9 cheers
    10 people
  22. 22. Understand the human condition
    4 cheers
    5 people
  23. 23. learn french
    5 cheers
    12,884 people
  24. 24. Establish the Richard G. and Eleanor Taylor Biesecker Foundation
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    1 person
  25. 25. learn about nutrition
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    8 people
  26. 26. Compete in the Xterra Sport Triathlon
    2 entries
    2 people
  27. 27. list my 43 reasons to run
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    2 people
  28. 28. commit to a relationship
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    6 people
  29. 29. be vegan for a month
    1 cheer
    37 people
  30. 30. sign up for the New Yorker Festival
    1 cheer
    0 people
  31. 31. Watch 43 TED talks
    8 entries . 1 cheer
    14 people
  32. 32. build an iPhone app
    1 cheer
    162 people
  33. 33. have multiple streams of passive income
    3 cheers
    419 people
  34. 34. Floss Every Day
    4 cheers
    1,229 people
  35. 35. learn how to type fast without looking at the keyboard
    3 cheers
    3,373 people
  36. 36. Meet Katy Perry
    1 cheer
    30 people
  37. 37. list 43 beautiful things to own and enjoy to life's fullest, if circumstances allow
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    1 person
  38. 38. let go
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1,006 people

How I did it
How to respond to e-mails within 3 days
It took me
3 months
It made me


How to give 1000 cheers
It took me
4 years
It made me
Stoked!


How to stop going after Ms. Unavailable(s)
It took me
5 years
It made me
smart


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Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 61 entries…)
3/27/2014
  1. a warm bed and roof over my head in a safe place
  2. this great new sweater my gf got me
  3. our dogs – I miss them so much when I’m away
  4. that Headspace is back up!
  5. that I will have health insurance coverage soon
  6. emails from JJ and AO and a bunch of other friends
  7. great coworkers all around!
  8. a fun and relaxing weekend ahead


Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 61 entries…)
3/21/2014

1. catching up on the phone with a good friend
2. the new book my gf got me that we are reading together – very insightful
3. the puppies – I missed them this morning when I met two Goldens on my way to work
4. my chill job(s) and coworkers
5. getting some writing done!
6. the warm weather and a walk around the reservoir
7. not one, but two productive project kick off meetings this week (almost unheard of)
8. Yay Spring!!!
9. FB, for helping me stay in touch w so many people
10. love, patience, and kindness from my gf



Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 61 entries…)
3/13/2014
  1. getting to Rochester in one piece today with EH
  2. for EH, who happily carts me back and forth
  3. my little poofs, who bring me joy
  4. my gf, who loves me damn near unconditionally!
  5. our beautiful home
  6. my housemates, their antics, and their contributions
  7. that bus service is safe and reliable here
  8. my job here, which is flexible and offers me meaningful work
  9. my good friend GH, my inspiration for focus and dedication in my field


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