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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SarabandSometimes goals aren't achieved in the way one first expects

I’m going to mark this goal as ‘done’. I haven’t won any money (yet) but nonetheless I feel that I’ve still “won”.

Something had urged me to set this goal despite knowing at the time there was little I could do towards achieving it beyond buying lottery tickets.

At the time I’d recently applied for a job at a local hospice. Reading through their website I discovered it had been set up in memory of a young woman who had died at almost the same age and at almost the same time as my sister: almost thirty years ago now. I also discovered all kinds of wonderful ways in which I might contribute to their fundraising, including a lottery – which in itself raises in excess of £100,000 per year – and I’ve now set up a direct debit.

I’ve not lived in this part of the country for long. It feels good to be contributing to a local cause, set up and run by and for local people. Whether I win any money is entirely incidental; I’ve gained in other ways :) 5 years ago


It doesn’t have to be a big win really – I’m not greedy :) But I have a feeling about the pattern life is taking at the moment and the lottery keeps creeping into my head ..

Then an email crept into my inbox reminding me that I have an online lottery account which has been devoid of funds for years.

So I’ve topped it up a little and set up some numbers for the next few weeks.

You’ve got to be in it to win it – and who knows …. :) 5 years ago


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