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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.

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stop being scared of using the phone

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mariec67 3 weeks ago

DrChivagoheadphones help

some of my fear of using the phone is related to a fear of not being understood, having to repeat myself, having to ask someone to repeat themselves, etc. this might also be part of why I can’t make a phone call with other people in the room.

I’ve noticed in the past that, if I use my cell phone headphones, and can therefore hear the call in stereo, it seems to go better. I need to try to remember to use them for any calls I need to make, for a while, and see if it helps. 4 months ago

DrChivago 4 months ago

eternal_silence 4 years ago

kendrafortuneI'll never LIKE using the phone but...

...the reason I’m marking this off as done now is for several reasons.

1) I offered to make a booking at a restaurant over the phone, rather trying to palm it off on someone else because I was too much of a wimp.
2) I now answer my own phone at work without even a moment’s trepidation.
3) I don’t much like answering colleague’s phones, but as long as the person on the other end isn’t a completely unreasonable human being, I can handle it.

So in other words, while a career in telesales is probably a no-no (which tbh I’m not too upset about!) I think I can now function pretty much as normal when it comes to telephones! 19 months ago

kendrafortune 5 years ago

Ugetsu167 2 years ago

kendrafortuneIt's not just me...

...I now supervise a guy at work who obviously has severe phone phobia as well. After dealing with the simplest phone call he frets about it for ages afterwards that he might have said or done something stupid. I try and reassure him because I know exactly how he feels (not that I can really tell him because I don’t want it to be public knowledge how much using the phone bothers me) but he still has to do it. I feel very hypocritical forcing him to face up to his fears when I’m still so uncomfortable facing up to my own! I know that in the last year, since I’ve had to take more phone calls, I’ve become a lot more relaxed about it – so I’m sure that given time, this guy will also learn to deal with his fear. But right now I feel like the meanest person in the world. 2 years ago


I’m really suprised how many people have this problem too.
I can answer the phone without any hesitation or worries at all, but making a phone call terrifies me.

I will do ANYTHING to avoid it and I find it hard to even call close friends and my family. This has become really difficult, especially lately as I have a really important call I have been avoiding making. I know that I really really need to do it, but I can’t.

My goal is to do it by 10am the day after tomorrow, since I have the whole day off work (it’s so pathetic that I need recovery time for a phone call.) 2 years ago

dylannz 2 years ago


Literally this morning I felt really good about this goal. I’ve been having to handle a lot of phone calls at work on behalf of another dept. – they’re not phone calls I can deal with, I just have to either take a message or transfer the call. I’ve been doing fine with that – I don’t like having to do it, but I’ve been getting on with it, and this morning I thought, hey, maybe I’m getting over my stupid phone phobia at last.

Then this afternoon I get one stupid phonecall and it sets me right back. The guy is angry, he won’t accept that he’s talking to someone from a different department who doesn’t know how to help with his query, he won’t get off the phone until he talks to the right person (who is already on a call) and he makes me feel like a right idiot in the process. I’m in a right state, and then Tracy breezes in, takes the call and handles it so effortlessly that I just feel like a pathetic loser. Why can’t I do that, why do I end up shaking like a jelly and barely able to stop my voice wavering?

I don’t know who I was kidding this morning. I’m nowhere near completing this goal. :-( 2 years ago

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