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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KaiLouxBecoming outgoing...

...was hard, but so very worth it! I started forcing myself to speak up, and step outside of my comfort zone when I was seventeen and a Freshman in college, and soon enough it came naturally! It is the best thing I have ever done…The old me would never have responded to my now-husband’s romantic advances, and I would have missed out on all our amazing experiences, and even better life together. 3 years ago

deblb8889Getting over yourself......

is the hardest thing I’ve had to do! Finishing my degree helped but life is still life and the same old anxieties kept creeping back in. The secret to being less shy is realizing that 10 out of 10 people I come in contact with are so worried about how they are coming across and what (if anything) is about to come out of their mouth that they aren’t really paying attention to me. I used to feel like there was this judging spotlight always on me. Then I realized that everyone else felt the same way. If I can make someone else feel a little less intimidated by their own spotlight…..they like me!!!!!! Crazy isn’t it? But that is how it works…. 3 years ago


I have been as shy for as long as I know and I am now 29. My shyness is causing me all sorts of problems mostly involving me finding employment and in my romantic life. about a year ago I told a friend of mine I was in love with her (took me several years to do that) we had a trial then she basically brushed me off. I still love this girl though more then I have ever loved anyone but don’t want to tell her again as I might risk coming across as a ‘crazy stalker guy’ 3 years ago

RachelIt's so hard to change who you are...

I’ve been shy around people for as long as I can remember. It’s just the way I am. At first, when people used to joke about it, I laughed along with them. After a while though, it started to hurt. I became known as “the quiet girl” in school and everyone thought I was weird. People would make jokes that I was going to murder people in my school because “it’s always the quiet ones.” I’ve been working very hard to be more social and to gain some self confidence, which I think is the real thing holding me back. I’m ready to let go of this. I don’t want SHY to be me. 4 years ago


i can c so many goodlookin people here, bein shy only makes conversation harder for others be confident. block out what people will think just be urself 4 years ago

The_PithyAnd I begin..

I’ve been shy since the day I was born into this world. That’s an unfortunate fact. But I’m fifteen and not the way I want to be.

The more I think about it, I realize that It’s not my fault. I was born this way, and it’s a challenge, I know. But I can do it. I can be the man I want to be. I’ve always been brilliant. I’m a speedy kid, and I’m pretty attractive. So there is no reason for me, or any other kid to feel inferior.

So this is it. From this day on, I will give it my all. I will never miss a chance to talk to Aubrey Barton, the girl I love. I will never sit through a whole class without talking to anyone. I’ll make myself known and I’ll be proud of who I am.

I know I can do anything i set my mind to, and this is what I want. It’s going to take hard work and a lot of practice, I know. But I can do it. So every week, or maybe more than once a week, I’ll post my progress. Wish me luck! 4 years ago


I am super shy, even in front of people I have known forever! But usually it has to do with the public, if we are in public. Then my shyness starts.
When I go in the public, I just holster up and turn all shy. 4 years ago

SarahToo shy...

Unless I’m REALLY pissed off at you, I wont speak a word to a stranger. 4 years ago


i am quite shy.
in real life i only talk to my frends, i can only say 1 or 2 words to a stranger.
geting frends is hard for me because i get nurvous and become to scard to say my mind.
i dont have a boyfrend because i cant talk to the guy i like.
he smiled at me once and all i did was blush, look at my feet and quickly walk away.

im trying to be less shy by talking to frends of my frends.
hopfuly this works. =) 4 years ago

slashaddyStill shy... but not AS shy.

Now I can sort of keep a conversation going, but only if they are the person to initiate the conversation. I’m okay with very close friends and family, but at work and school i’m horrible at conversation… I’ll have good days where I can talk to a few people without any problems but I still fumble my words and blush a lot. I wish I could just have pure confidence in everything I have to say even if it makes me look stupid. 4 years ago

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