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. Change the transmission fluid in my car.
    1 person
  2. 2. gain 20 pounds
    1 entry
    208 people
  3. 3. make more close friends
    27 people
  4. 4. find someone to 'do nothing' with
    1 person
  5. 5. believe more
    7 people
  6. 6. visit every state in the United States
    1 cheer
    77 people
  7. 7. learn to program in python
    41 people
  8. 8. quit smoking
    9,282 people
  9. 9. Buy a House
    14,074 people
  10. 10. work more effectively
    13 people
  11. 11. add to human knowledge
    1 person
  12. 12. make a robot
    149 people
  13. 13. Upgrade a car's suspension
    1 person
  14. 14. Run around town in a bear suit
    1 cheer
    112 people
  15. 15. get rejected
    1 entry
    29 people
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get rejected

In my mind, this is pretty much the definite version of ‘try to meet people’ or ‘flirt more’.

learn how to drive stick-shift

I think this is the sort of thing that a person can learn to do passably well in a very short time (>8 hours), and that can be improved on for a very long time. Right from the start, it makes driving feel a lot more ‘involved’ and fun.

gain 20 pounds

I weigh 125 pounds today, and have been within 5 lbs. of that for at least 3 years. I’d feel pretty proud if I could get to 145 by the end of 2010.

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