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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“Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changin’ ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
I don’t know”

Landslide – Fleetwood Mac 2 years ago

channelofabundanceCreating a time every day to do something that I fear

“Creating a time every day to do something that I fear, helps me to re-condition myself internally to begin to see the fear as a green signal and to develop inner courage, so that I can move towards my goal of success.” 2 years ago

channelofabundanceDon't waste it living someone else's...

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” ~Steve Jobs 2 years ago

unfinished_girlThe daily struggle for survival, for existence and most of all for living

Everyday is a battle. Everyday I struggle for happiness, sometimes I succed, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I acquire little hints of happiness between the daily apathy. Little moments with the ones I love, little moments with myself. I do the best with what life gives me, which is not much these days, just a few lemons.”Times are hard for dreamers”, but I’ll never give up. And maybe one day I’ll feel free like before! 2 years ago

allie lewisliving

i’ve noticed that we get so attached to computers or technology now a days that we literally don’t stop and smell the roses, I need to not be on the internet all the time, maybe only after the kids go to sleep, but I need to enjoy life because I only have one, need to get this one life of mine on track and quit taking it for granted, plus the most important things in life are free, love, family, laughter and working with on our passions, with that said, let 2012 be a great year :) 2 years ago

Piscean Dreamsthe breivity of life

Such a bittersweet thing life is. I am reminded by loss how short our stay is here on earth. To remember what is most important and to dwell on what is good. To be filled with loving kindness. To be sure to tell those I love that they are loved. To remember that God always provides. Bittersweet tears I have cried for lost friends and in shared grief. The most important thing I know is that you simply HAVE to be present in everything you do and enjoy the little moments because that is life that is living that is being. 3 years ago


I’m going to Chicago later this week for a job interview, and have decided to make a real trip out of it! Because I’m leaving in the middle of the week, no one is able to go with me, but I’m beginning to think that’s more than OK, it will give me a chance to expand my comfort zone. I don’t know what I’ll be doing, but I’m considering a few things, for example, 2 of my favorite artists are performing, Graham Colton on Thursday, and Matt Nathanson on Saturday. I hope I can make it to at least one of these shows!
Anyway, I think this is going to be awesome, and a really memorable experience for me. Does anyone have any suggestions for things I should do/see while there? Relatively inexpensive or free would be great! 3 years ago

unfinished_girlLive vs. exist

“To live is the rarest thing in the world.Most people exist and that is all.”

Oscar Wilde 3 years ago


life is a paradox, i got so worked up over trying to ‘live’ that i forgot i exist, one must exist to live.

sorry if i just confused everyone, but it was like a realization to me. 3 years ago


Reading my entry from 2 years ago…I am so far from this. Food tastes like cardboard, everything smells flat, sounds are annoying, I’d rather not be touched, and I’m bored with looking at life.

Depression be gone! 4 years ago

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