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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updating my goals!

Donate $100 to Charity
Monthly donations

If you are trying to be financially responsible and have put together a budget, an easy way to give to charity in smaller amounts is to set up an auto charge to a debit or credit card. 10 bucks a month for a year and you’ve hit your goal! I know most charities can do this, it actually makes it easier for them to budget internally too. Often they you are called a sustaining member since you keep them going all the time!

appreciate my life
The basics

I’ve got a place of my own, food on the table, people to love and an imagination, what more can you want!

swear less (read all 2 entries…)
Take a lesson from Fantastic Mr. Fox

I like using the word cuss instead of swearing, it’s comical and accomplishes the goal. People usually ask me what it’s from, and I tell them I’m trying to swear less and it’s from a great movie/book

be a better boyfriend
Listen, then suggest

If your girlfriend has a problem, don’t simply attack it head on, first listen to her feelings about the issue, tell her that it will be all right and if you can, offer to help.

get out of debt (read all 3 entries…)
Student loans below 30K!

The bulk of my debt is student loans so I made targets every 5K, I’m below 30K as of last year and am working on 25 this year!

finish my associate's degree

Dropped out of a four year program to start a business which has become my livelihood, have been taking business classes on the side since I started and I’m almost done! I’ve learned more from the actual business, but I wanted the piece of paper as well, probably to be the first male “graduate” on my mom’s side, the whole American dream, yada yada.

Cry more

I usually end up yawning or laughing when what I really want to do is cry! I usually laugh so hard that I do cry… but still.

I also probably internalize a lot of that crying….

make a family tree

I really need to take the time and talk to my grandparents and try to get all of the details.

have good sex

Good sex is very much a life goal, sure you could have good sex on occasion or even pretty often, but all the time? I think not.

swear less (read all 2 entries…)
Save them up

There is somewhat of a sweet release whenever you swear, but if you swear all the time it becomes less special. Save them up for something worth swearing about!

get out of debt (read all 3 entries…)
Paid off Car

I paid off my car not too long ago, that felt great even if it wasn’t the most efficient way to pay off my debt. Working on student loans, but it is difficult while trying to squeeze every penny I can while running a business

go to Puerto Rico
Missed Out

Was supposed to go years ago but the trip got canceled because of 9/11.

Lose my religious shame
My body, my thoughts, etc

I was raised in a Christian home with the best intentions but the reality was a rule structure than is unrealistic for any non-deities and teaches you to never accept anything less than that. It is really more of a form of self-torture because even if you rally the strength and confidence to rebel you feel bad about yourself after wards.

get out of debt (read all 3 entries…)
Mainly Student Loans

Went to college not understanding the basics of financial management and now I’m a modern day indentured servant.



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