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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How do you send a message on 43things?

I see the “click send message” in the help file also, but yeah, I don’t see it on the users page either!

Maybe it used to be there and was removed?


learn to meditate
Technique and persistence are the keys

Without the right technique you can keep trying forever and you won’t get anywhere. Then with the right technique, you will have to go through a lot of distractions and persist through them. There are lots of good techniques that can be used for different purposes, and also lots of bad techniques that will make things worse.

Here is a very, very easy technique that works quickly and well to get a quick idea of what it’s like to quiet down your mind for a bit. Maybe I should make a video at some point as that would be easier, but I’ll just use text for now.

1. Sit down comfortably somewhere
2. With both arms, point with your index fingers to an object in front of you, and extend your arms completely until they are straight.
3. Keep your arms pointing straight forward, but bend your wrists to point straight upwards.
4. Focus your attention on both fingers that are in front of you.
5. Start to move your fingers further away from each other horizontally, making sure you are keeping your attention on both fingers. If this becomes too difficult, and your attention moves from one finger to the other or fails entirely, move your fingers closer together again until you can get your attention on both fingers again. When you have your attention on both fingers again, attempt to move them further out again slowly while maintaining attention on both.
6. Keep doing this until you succeed on having your arms held out straight to your sides at the limit of your peripheral vision, with your attention on both fingers.
7. While keeping your attention on both fingers, notice your mind.

Would love to hear how this works out for anyone that tries it.

Go skydiving
Went in New Zealand!

One of the most awesome experiences ever!

Jumping out of the plane is pretty crazy, but after that it’s just… wow. So peaceful and exhilarating at the same time.

There is a good reason to jump out of a perfectly good plane!

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