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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isurdsi like it

i appreciate committed inventions and the people who never give up i love to invent a theory in mechanics. i m easily get stuck in examining and analyzing i can spend any duration trying for single thing cuz i believe that mistakes are the experiences in life 12 months ago

viobiocreative outlet...

It wasn’t earth-shattering, but I did my crafts a little differently than my friends this weekend. I’d like to ease into a regular creative expression time again. I dabble. And writing online is a craft I kind of do, then sort of forget about it because it’s not tangible.

What do you all think about consistency of media/timing, etc, when you are trying to invent something? That is, do you always set aside a certain time of day? Do you sit down regularly to the place that has certain tools of inventing? 21 months ago

viobiointense de-stressing helps

I really made an effort to be mindful this weekend, including weirdo and regular yoga. Exercise in the sun probably helped. Not eating too much probably helped. Time dedicated to work—yeah, I needed that too.

As per the stereotype of aha shower moments, the little epiphany came during a Sunday bike ride. Clarity happened. I wasn’t wrapped up in the outcome. I just glimpsed the bigger picture. I didn’t judge myself for the smallness of the epiphany. Just let it happen. (Re: complex structure and home nooks.)

I didn’t do anything about the ideas yet. The pressure to linearly execute, or to communicate, the idea just limits all the swirly happy thinking that needs to happen first. 22 months ago

viobioCreativity at work

I am reminded of this because I am preparing for a particularly creative February.

I notice some fear. I will start small. I want to invent -really just plan- a new useful way of doing what I need to do at work. Eventually (and more interestingly), I want to figure out how to probe a question that hasn’t been asked before. Baby steps.

To make it easier, I will stick to doodling prototypes for myself right now. No hard questions yet. 23 months ago

viobioFrom curiosity and patience, creativity

I want to come up with lots of new ideas and maybe share the best one with someone in my field. For me, this involves another goal, which is to “indulge my curiosity” because I think my creativity will flow more courageously in fields where I am too curious to care about being wrong. 2 years ago

Joshua MoranGet a patent!!

I have a number of ideas I have been throwing around for a while. I have an invention book, just need to get it designed and a provisional patent! Lets say 3 months to submit it? 3 years ago

dlhyltonI went to school to be a product design engineer

I went to school for electrical engineering and graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in order to one day become a product design engineer.
Now I work at an audio company that creates headsets. I am not involved in product design, only testing and troubleshooting of defective products. Product design takes a lot more knowledge, since you have to know how to build things from scratch. But that’s still my goal.
On the side, I hobby in electronics. I still want to one day build something useful to the world that I can sell and market.
I created a website on electronics and below is a link of some of the projects that I do:

Nothing new yet but it’s a start. 3 years ago


Something new, like laptop case… 3 years ago


Had a meeting w law department today! We’ll see what happens! 3 years ago


a gadget or software to do exactly what i want it to do 3 years ago

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