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. spend less time on the internet
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  2. 2. go on a road trip with no predetermined destination
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  3. 3. sleep before 1am
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  4. 4. sleep under the stars
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How I did it
How to go to Antarctica
It took me
2 weeks
It made me

How to travel down the Nile
It took me
5 weeks
It made me

How to visit all the continents
It took me
6 years
It made me
deeply humbled

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spend less time on the internet (read all 2 entries…)
Surprisingly effective!

Something about publicly announcing a goal on the internet and being held accountable with fellow denizens of the WWW makes one want to accomplish a goal. The last few days have been decent; I could spend the first 10 hours of a day internet free; am trying to cap daily use to 2 hours?

One step at a time.

spend less time on the internet (read all 2 entries…)
Day 0: And so it begins

With one month left before another major chapter of my life closes, I think it’s finally time to come to face this terrible addiction that is the internet. Ironically, I need to use it to post this entry.

At any rate, the challenge starts tomorrow, and we’ll see what happens! Perhaps a rainbow, perhaps a friend, perhaps just abject failure?

Travel down the Nile
Cycling down 600 miles of the Nile River

Summer 2006 (June-August)

My 5 friends and I packed our bags and flew to Egypt with our bicycles, with little idea of what will be in store for our grand expedition which would take us from Aswan to Cairo on two wheels. Over the next few weeks we battled with fatigue and extreme heat, conquered the distance, and miraculously returned home in one piece.

It was a trip of a lifetime, particularly because we were completely on our own (aside from the ever-present police escorts) and were doing this to help raise funds for cancer research. I recall the countless days of waking at 2am to start a 5 hour long cycle just so we could beat the heat of the Egyptian sun. By 10am it was already too hot to cycle and we would have to seek shelter in the nearest town. Sometimes, in order to reach the next destination we would push on to ride over 100 kilometres a day.

Was it tiring? Oh, yes. I also discovered in the process that a truck going the opposite as you on the highway has the ability to pick up any loose shards of glass on the road and whip it in your face. Quite the experience.

It’s the sort of thing that prompts one to say, “That was fun. Let’s never, ever do it again.”

Our experiences documented at our Cycle the Nile 2006 website

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