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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One day I want to awaken from this nightmare

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learn morse code

I’ve used “Morse CT” for android, great, free, must have app. This is how I started. But I couldn’t use that just yet to listen. I found a website that is just perfect(webapp). So far I am struggling to copy 5wpm. But I’m definitely getting there. Wonder where I will be in a few months.

travel the world (read all 8 entries…)
Around the world in 5 years

Been to 11 countries now (Mexico, Germany, France, Luxemburg, 2x South Korea, Vietnam, Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, China, Japan) i think I can say I’ve done this goal. Only Places left I would really like to see would be italy, Switzerland, and possibly Scotland. Since I plan on changing jobs in the next year, I may never get another chance to travel like this again. But I don’t regret it, I saw all I could when I had the chance.

If you get a chance to go, just go and do it!

Goto Japan
Land of the rising sun

Ive been to Asia 2 times before. So the whole “Japan is weird” never really came to mind. the difference from the rest of asia is its amazing how nice and sweet the people are and how much respect is shown. Ive traveled all over the world, never have I met nicer people. other differences would be amazing how clean everything is. yes the trains are all perfectly on time. I noticed presentation of goods being bought or sold is meticulously packaged in perfection. everything has to look and be cute.

Kyoto might be the most ‘magical’ city I got to see. The old houses and buildings and tons of couples and girls in groups wearing yukatas. The Gion area with Maiko and Geisha walking around. Gojo has a street with new houses and businesses that look just like they would 100-200 years ago and lit with paper lanterns.

I could go on and on, just ill just leave that snippet. Out of all the places I traveled on earth this had to be the most satisfying, not from what you see, but the people you interact with. Everywhere I went I felt welcomed to be there. If I needed help people were far more helpful than I would ever expect people to be where I come from. If your into not afraid to try new things and you want to travel put Japan on the short list of places to go, you wont regret it.

Disown my family
It's for the best... trust me

So.. My entire family is sick.. rampant alcoholic narcissists. and without getting to deep into the personal details… I’ve realized through therapy that walking away from the kaos and emotional damage is best. Every time i’ve set boundaries and tried to stay away from it, I get shamed and blamed for causing problems, being told i’m wasting my life by trying to finish my BS degree and get a good job… its ridiculous.

They are never going to get better, they are never going to be supportive. I have to work on my own life, i’m to busy to deal with their problems. i’ve always felt like a prisoner since I was a kid in this family. This may take a few years, but I think once I finish my degree and get a job in another city … I’m just not going to look back, its going to be the time to cut ties. Life is too short to be punished like this. i’m going to disappear and not look back. It’s for the best… trust me

Make friends that are REAL friends
Starting over

I thought I did this goal once before.. but I was completely wrong.. So now i’m starting over. I learned a lot in the past. And i’m going to use that knowledge in the future. I’m tired of knowing fake people. I’m tired of feeling I have to do all the work to make things happen… Real people will meet you half way.

travel the world (read all 8 entries…)
Nippon! (Japan)

I’ve been saving for this trip for a while now. Im just waiting on my workplace to approve my vacation time so then I can buy tickets. I’m also lucky I have friends in this country, But I really need to brush up on my Hiragana and phrases…

Go Paperless (read all 2 entries…)
Finally Starting this...

Phone = check
Bank… can’t change from online.. same with insurance company… more leg work… maybe I’ll get a chance this week to do this.. I’m tired of mail…

Fall in real love: ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can't live without each other love. (read all 2 entries…)

I don’t know if it’s healthy or un-healthy… but I serious cannot stop day dreaming about this… probably unhealthy….


... I don’t quite know how I Keep getting into these short dead end relationships…
1st step, I need to find out what I’m doing wrong when picking these kind of women to date.
2nd step Don’t date these shallow people…

Be a better friend (read all 2 entries…)
getting better?

I dont know if i am or not. I think im a good friend. im there to listen, there for advice and help. im caring and compassionate. i just cant help but feel im kinda a bad friend… i know for the past year i have been over analyzing things to the point of exhaustion. this might be another one of those… My drive for perfection has started to just be a hamper to everyday life… Im going to ask a few friends, see where im at, take it from there…

stop being scared of the future

I think i have been literally just too busy to even think about the future let alone plan ahead. I’m not sure if its a good thing or bad.. but I also know that burning the candle at both ends like I’m doing isnt good either… dont know what im going to do…

gain weight
progress... no .. pitfalls

well i was doing great. Then all the stress from the last month, then had a land slide and lost about 5kg… lets see what i can do next month….

travel the world (read all 8 entries…)
HK & Vietnam

Just bought my tickets, This makes my second trek to Asia! Can’t wait!
(HK, Vietnam, Macau, China, Philippines)

learn Korean

Bought 2 books from amazon, “first 100 words” and “Read & Speak Korean for Beginners” Very good quick books, kinda childish, but makes it fun and easy!

Go to therapy

finally got myself to go, got a therapist, got a regular schedule going. now i can say i’m on the right track for self improvement. :)

Be in a healthy relationship (read all 8 entries…)
giving up can be a good thing

i quit an 8 month relationship a while ago. i could never get it to work, i wont harp the problems. i did my absolute best i talked to friends many times for help. it just wasn’t worth it. i regret nothing. now that i am out with friends having fun, meeting new people, im happier being alone than i was dating. sometimes giving up is best option. now i kinda regret i didn’t quit earlier. lesson learned, now new chapter being written by myself. ill have to complete this goal .. another day.

be a better cook (read all 3 entries…)
better cooking

Took about a year of perseverance, help from others, trying new things, being able to tweak recipes and make them better. I can now say with confidence that I am a better cook :D

Believe in myself

I think i would be better or done with this if i had more close friends. people i can really connect with…

control my temper
More Control?

Last weekend, my Gf started a fight last weekend. as i was starting to get angry for her blaming things that were not true, i just sighed and let it go.. its not worth getting mad about… and just yesterday when she said something that in the past would have made me really angry.. i just sat for a second .. closed my eyes and forced myself to relax… and the start talking again calmly…
as much as i would like to say im getting better. i am, most definitely… but this relationship is needing an overhaul… but i have learned a lot about patience and control of anger in the past year…

Be in a healthy relationship (read all 8 entries…)
getting better

i guess what made it better is that we started to talk a bit more deeply and share what we want and what we expect. im getting better at communication. to make sure we stay on the same page is key, and not to get upset when we don’t understand each other.

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