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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My god this goal is dead. Dont you people talk at all? Report your progress? Anything? Geez. Most of the goals im on update daily. 2 years ago


Yo. Im Keno Teteraskaideka (my screen nme at least). Nice to meet all of you. I study Shaolin Kenpo style martial arts, but i want to get better. MUCH better. So here i am. 2 years ago

Jen DugganGot a uniform

It’s a bit bit though 2 years ago

Tom MartinWhat Kind of Martial Art?

I want to learn some kind of martial art, preferably more than one. Kung Fu, Karate, and Taekwondo are ones I have some experience in and am interested in developing further. 2 years ago

Jen DugganStarted

White belt level one 2 years ago


I took up Ving Tsun Kung Fu for a year, but it was not what I was looking for. Then I tried kendo, but now I’m sure I want a combination of empty hand and weaponry. So ninjutsu is next. 2 years ago

twistedthoughtsdefend myself

Kalari or Karate, I need to learn some martial art to defend myself physically. The world is not that safe for girls. So we need to be strong both physically and emotionally. I think martial arts strengthens you in both the ways. 3 years ago

sillystarDecide on a martial art style

It’s important to establish what your reasons are for learning a martial art, which will help you choose a style. If you want something very practical for self-defense in a real-world fight, you might consider Krav Maga, Muay Thai, or some form of mixed martial arts. My main goals are to get exercise, learn the techniques, and have fun.

Location is also important. Much like a gym, if the facility is too far away from your house or work, you’re not going to be motivated to attend. After all that research, I realized a Japanese karate dojo was the closest to my house, so I ended up signing up for their trial period in August 2011 to see if I liked it. 3 years ago

mudskippaFirst lesson done!

Well I went to an mma class last night – very proud as I went all on my ownsome, and I can be a pussy about these things.

I am happy to say I loved it! I’ll definitely be going back :) 3 years ago

mudskippaFirat lesson

After a bit of soul-searching, I realised just why this goal has become important to me. I always thought I wanted to do it for superficial reasons, but they actually go a lot deeper. When I realised that, I got my act together, did the necessary research and booked a trial lesson in mixed martial arts that I will be going to tomorrow. Just gotta dust off the shorts now. Wish me luck! 3 years ago

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