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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virtualbean's Life List

  1. 1. Move to Australia
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    428 people
  2. 2. sell my house
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    578 people
  3. 3. Be someone that someone else looks up to
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    4 people
  4. 4. stick to my budget
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    122 people
  5. 5. spend more time with my family
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    1,054 people
  6. 6. snuggle with someone I love
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    1 person
  7. 7. Walk 4 mi a day
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  8. 8. eat healthier
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    11,202 people
  9. 9. make my own bread
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    64 people
  10. 10. make my own pasta
    3 cheers
    9 people
  11. 11. read more
    1 cheer
    9,072 people
  12. 12. vote
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    359 people
  13. 13. have more fun
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1,327 people
  14. 14. be more organized
    3,538 people
  15. 15. be a good person
    1 entry
    608 people
  16. 16. be more responsible
    377 people
  17. 17. be more efficient
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    99 people
  18. 18. be nicer
    2 entries
    840 people
  19. 19. get more sleep
    4,453 people
  20. 20. stop procrastinating
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    30,441 people
  21. 21. paint my livingroom
    7 people
  22. 22. redesign my bedroom
    32 people
  23. 23. take more pictures
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    15,312 people
  24. 24. make a comforter
    1 person
  25. 25. ride a train
    153 people
  26. 26. learn to carve
    1 entry
    7 people
  27. 27. get a facial
    1 cheer
    132 people
  28. 28. learn to drive a manual
    2 cheers
    63 people
  29. 29. get my video card upgraded
    1 entry
    1 person
  30. 30. learn spanish
    1 entry
    18,259 people
  31. 31. join a roller derby team
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    88 people
  32. 32. To have my own bee hives
    3 cheers
    2 people
  33. 33. build a dome
    2 people
  34. 34. Go solar
    20 people
  35. 35. live in a cave
    2 cheers
    29 people
  36. 36. meet mr bean!!! he is the man!!!!!
    1 cheer
    1 person
  37. 37. have a crayola color named after me
    1 cheer
    3 people
  38. 38. sneeze quietly
    2 people
Recent entries
Lose 15 lbs (read all 2 entries…)
Lost my weight!

I can’t believe that not only did I lose it, but I kept it off for 5 months now!

be nicer (read all 2 entries…)

I probably should have had more patience… I probably should of tried to see if from the other point of view… but I just couldn’t. I couldn’t follow the logic of the stewpid person… and I couldn’t condone the actions… I lost it, I said foul words that would make sailors blush… I called some people some bad names (ouch to their face ouch ouch), and I really didn’t feel very sorry about it. What’s wrong with people? Do they REALLY feel it’s acceptable to behave in a completely irresponsible manner, and not have any sense of personal responsibility for it? I guess they do because they wouldn’t of done it otherwise. It’s sad. Can we move all the stewpid people to an island somewhere?

be nicer (read all 2 entries…)
Why I should be nicer (learning from others)

I have a friend, well I guess HAD would be the optimum term now… that had started a business and become very busy, well more like completely wrapped up in it. I know that when you start a business, it takes up vast amounts of time and energy. But this person seemed to lose some sight of the people that had tried to help, but were turned away… or the people had had given kind advice, but were turned away because my friend, I guess, knew better than anyone. At least that was my understanding. After a bit, I gave up entirely, probably not a good friend thing to do, but I simply couldn’t handle the constant drama and stress that my friend was under, and when you were there, it was like you were immersed it in at well. At least from my understanding, and a few others that said similar. things. My friend had gone from confident to ranting and I couldn’t cope. Bad Bad Bad bean.

Suddenly my friend, although I had only a handful of conversations over the last 3 or 4 months, turned on me, calling me, waking me from much needed rest, then going off on me about something that I had never anything to do with, and I simply had no answer for. At first I thought maybe my friend was looking for some advice, but the more I listened, the more I realized this person was attacking me, under so much stress, she was losing it on one of the few people that been supportive to her. I let her get out the main point to her argument, and simply said that it could be resolved, but that I needed to return to bed. I don’t think for her it was about sorting it out, I think it was about letting out her stress, and I simply chose not to listen.

In the AM, I called a relative and asked if they knew what was going on. As it turned out, after she had lost it on me, she then lost it on them, telling them how unsupportive I had been the entire time, how our friendship was over, and how I had treated her as if she were completely inept in her business. I was stunned. I had said or done nothing to provoke this. I’ve always been an opinionated person, but I’ve always left the decisions to those they belong to. As for being unsupportive, it was unfounded… I had done more than my share in helping her get on her feet. My choice to not participate was mine, partly a reflection on her behavior, but more to do with what I needed in my own life. I was really saddened by this. I questioned myself if I should have simply said “what’s wrong”... but looking back, I had on many occasion left a phone call that was never returned, tried to stop by, but she was too busy with business to take the time out, the advice I had given when it was needed was never acted on, in fact much of the time never doing anything about the problem until it was out of control.

Sometimes I think being nicer means that you have to let go of what you are obsessing about long enough to realize the good people around you.

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