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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I'm doing 35 things

How I did it
How to quit Smoking
It took me
15 years
It made me

How to take pole dancing lessons
It took me
1 month
It made me

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live simply

When I got out of the Army last year, I decided that I needed to slow down for a while. Life in the military is extremely hectic and for 4 years, I had no down time or personal time to recharge my batteries. I was constantly on the go- whether I was doing PT, working, or getting my gear ready for field exercises or whatnot… It was physically and emotinally demanding and when I got out, I needed to slow down a lot… So, I bought a log cabin in the Smokey Mountains and have not worked in a year now. I have spent all of my time working on my house and fixing it up and spending quality time with my children. This year has been hard financially, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

be a stripper

I got out of the Army last year and due to the fact that my unit was about to deploy and I didn’t want to leave my children again. I had already left them once for a year and I didn’t want to do it again. I have had the hardest time finding a job in the civilian world… Finding a job that will pay the bills anyway…. So, now I am thinking of becoming a stripper. I love to dance and I think I would appreciate the opportunity to get paid to do what I love… I am just having a hard time getting past the audition. I think about doing it, and then at the last minute, I chicken out… One of these days, I know that I will take a deep breath, close my eyes, and the rest will be history. It’s just a matter of taking that first step… Hopefully, that day will come soon. I have a lot of bills that need to be paid, lol…

Run a 5k in less than 30 minutes
Ran a 5k

I enlisted in the Army in 2005 and my first duty station was in Korea. They were always having 5k runs on post on the weekends. My Commander (a female) challenged all the females in the company to attend and finish one of the runs. Running has never been my strong point, but I didn’t want to be the only one left out. I finished last (but still under 30 minutes!) but it didn’t matter because I finished… And I got a shirt to show for it, lol… Definitely well worth it. Now I can say that I actually did something…

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