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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Recent entries from azmathussain


I’ve finally succeeded at this. I keep a bunch of my reusable bags in my trunk, and one in my glove compartment. This way I never forget anymore! 9 months ago

azmathussain 2 years ago

azmathussainI can run again!

Marking this as done since I’m now able to run again. I think I’ll setup my individual goals into their own “things”.
  • Run 5K
  • Get up to 10 miles per week
  • Get average time down to 11 minute mile.
  • Finish Race for the Cure in 30 minutes. 2 years ago

azmathussain 3 years ago

azmathussainOn my way!

I’m making good progress with this. I have a running buddy that I do 3 miles with each week. I still run on my own about another 2 miles. I’d like to get up to 10 miles per week by the end of the summer. There’s a few local 5K’s I’m signing up for that are later this summer, and I plan on doing the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure again this year in September. No more torn muscles! Nothing is stopping me now! 2 years ago

azmathussainIt takes a village...

I’ve wanted for a long time to start up a charity. I’ve dabbled with different ideas as the basis of the charity, but recently I’ve come up with something I’m passionate about. It seems that all the time when I talk with my friends with children and ask them about activities their kids are involved in at school, the list is usually pretty limited. One thing in particular that stuck out is gymnastics, which most parents’ have to go outside of school to provide to their children. Unfortunately, it tends to be more expensive that way and a lot of parents tend to deprioritize it in favor of other household needs.

I’d like to start small and maybe setup a fund for girls gymnastics, and try branching it out from there. 2 years ago

azmathussain 2 years ago

azmathussainto finally say all the things I've always wanted to tell him

Over the last year, I’ve been working on a project that I call “letters to my father”. It’s an attempt to tell my father all the things I’ve always wanted to say to him, but could never put into words until now. It started about a year ago on Father’s Day, when I tried to write him a card, but it spiraled into a tear-filled episode without me even fully completing the task of filling out the card. I think instead I got him a tie and gave him a phone call. My goal is by the end of this year to have my “letters” complete.

It’s so important that I tell him how much he means to me and how great of an influence he has been on my life. I seriously owe every fiber of my being to him, and I couldn’t hope for a better father. I try in small ways to show my appreciation for him, but I feel like I need to put it all into words, to finally tell him how great of a father he is.

I can only hope to someday be even a fraction of the man he is.

If I could rank my goals in order of priority, I would put this at the top. If I could rank them in order of difficulty, this would be at the top, as well. In both cases, any other task is a very, very distant second. Nevertheless, I must do this. 3 years ago

azmathussain 3 years ago

azmathussainRoad Trip!

I’ve always wanted to visit all 50 states in this here USA. So far I’ve been to the following:

New Jersey
New York

That’s only 18 of them, so I have a long way to go! Below are the ones I’m missing:

New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

When I moved out to Oregon, I drove through the following states, but I don’t count them toward the total because I didn’t really spend any time there:


So that makes 32 states I have to visit. The big problem I have is that many of them are states that I wouldn’t normally think to visit for a vacation or any other reason. It would have to be purely a trip towards this goal, which of course takes time, money, etc. All of which could be put towards visiting one state, like Hawaii many many times over :)

At any rate, I want to make this a goal, so here goes… 3 years ago

azmathussain 3 years ago


Often times, I have so many thoughts swirling around in my head on a variety of topics, that I need to write them all down before they float away. I’ve started doing that in some small capacity in either my notebook or away in Google Docs. I’ve noticed, however, that these thoughts are often revisited in my mind, where they are expanded upon. I’d like to have a place to combine these complex thoughts into a cohesive body of writing, and a blog seems like a good place to start.

These thoughts are more philosophical than anything else. I’m not one of those people that wishes to blog about my personal life in the hopes that someone might want to read about it. I’m more looking for an outlet to air my outlook on various topics and explore them publicly with like-minded individuals. 3 years ago

azmathussain 3 years ago

azmathussain...and actually use it :)

I already bring my reusable shopping bags to the grocery store in the trunk of my car. My only problem is I normally forget to fish them out of the trunk and take them into the store with me. I’m looking for ideas to do better at this. 3 years ago


Sometime around mid-2011, I set a goal to become 5K/10K ready for a series of races I wanted to run in. I made decent success towards this goal, knocking off about 2 5K’s before a big run that I was looking forward to—the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Unfortunately, a few days before that race, I tore my calf muscle playing a game of dodgeball. My doctor said it was a moderate tear, and it would require about 2 weeks on crutches, followed by 6-8 weeks of physical therapy. I can walk around on it now without the crutches, but I’m still nowhere near being able to run again. It’s amazing how much you miss simple things like going for a brisk walk, or even a light jog when you physically can’t do it. Your mind says “yes”, but your body says “no”. I’m looking forward to getting back to a place where mind and body can agree again. 3 years ago

azmathussainFancy Wheels

I have a set of goals regarding the vehicle I drive. I’m currently driving a 1998 Honda Accord Coupe. It’s an amazing vehicle and has kept up considerably, but its getting old and will need replacement soon.

Fundamentally, I’d just like a car to get me from point-A to point-B, but I’ve had that already, and now I want something more comfortable and FUN! :)

My ultimate achievement in this area is to pick up a BMW X6. I’ve loved that car for a while now, but my other goal points along the way include the Cadillac CTS-V, or maybe a BMW M3. 3 years ago

azmathussain 3 years ago

azmathussainRolling Stones

It’s time to lose the last several pounds that I have to get rid of. Since the start of 2010, I’ve already lost 35 lbs, but I still have 30 (about 2 stones) to go.

A person’s body is their temple. You get only one when you start out this life and how long you live is based on how well you take care of it.

I’ve done a good job so far in repairing some damage from the last few years, but it’s time to kick it into high gear. For now on it’s daily physical activity, crossfit/bootcamp training, yoga, and tons of healthy eating to get to where I want to be. 3 years ago

azmathussain 3 years ago

azmathussainSearching for a Sanctuary

I would like to find a quiet serene setting for contemplation. This doesn’t have to be the most peaceful place on the planet. In fact I’d rather have one peaceful place in different cities, so I’ll always have a place to go to be alone with my thoughts. 3 years ago


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