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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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fight the urge to run when things get difficult


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thattroublekidI don't know how to stop

I just started living with my mum again. Im 14 and my life at home is scary. My social worker dumped me here because i ran away to much. I ran away because all the group home workers at all the places wanted to talk about my problems, and talk about what my life at home was like. I got 31 charges, and have three different court orders saying i cant run away. When i was in group homes, they called the police or my P.O and i would always get in trouble. Now that im at home, my mom calls the cops, but im in a different city, so most of the cops don’t know me and don’t bother with looking up my history. Because my home life is so shitty, i run away so i don’t have to face it all the time. I was so good, i ran away a lot less in the past six months, and now all that work is going away. I don’t know how to fight the urge to run anymore… 5 months ago

NannaYou can only run for so long, before you tire of it.

The urge to run away has always been within me. It speaks to me every single day, trying to persuade me to run for the hills, leave everything behind and start all over again.
I’ve barely turned twenty and already, I’ve done this far too often. I just can’t seem to find my shelf in this world, the place that is for me. I don’t know where I belong and my life scares me. So I run. Learning to be happy and unashamed of my entire being has proven to be the greatest task given to me.
I just hope I’ll stop fleeing from everything that scares me. Accepting life and all the obstacles it lay in front of me is something I have to learn how to do, ‘cause I’m too out of breath to run any more. 3 years ago


This has always been a tough one for me. I have anxiety issues and trust issues. So running has always seemed like the best option. But this time I didn’t run, even though I really felt I had to. I thought he didn’t love me anymore, so I thought that running away from the relationship would help make that pain go away. I withdrew from him and gaurded myself. But I stayed. And now I am so happy I did. :) 6 years ago

catattackI haven't completely mastered this...

but I’m better at it, thanks in large part to a partner who is understanding and forgiving. 6 years ago


It’s temptations that make things become difficult. Indeed I don’t lack the necessary courage to handle stuff or solve the problems myself. But the inward needs of finding a right balance is the thing I need to fight. 7 years ago

AlexandrineWhen I catch myself

...I can keep myself from running away:) 7 years ago

milkbox 2.0!a.k.a.

This is also sometimes called Being Brave, Stubborn and a Little Bit Crazy. 7 years ago

AlexandrineThe secret to winning is to challenge myself

“Every time I fight the urge to run, it diminishes the fear a little bit. It never really cancels the fear of losing; I just have to keep challenging it.” 7 years ago

AlexandrineFight back

Fight back and ask myself the famous ’’What if’’ question! 7 years ago


I’m so good at leaving… so good. But I haven’t really run from anything lately… I’m doing well… 7 years ago

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