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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inneedofinspirationI keep getting stuck

I am kinda bored by the old foreign policy chapter. I’ve heard it a million times before and it’s outdated. I really fell asleep while reading it. I need to skim to the next chapter. 5 years ago


I’ve only got to a couple chapters left. I hope to finish before the inauguration! 5 years ago's read!

I read the race section pretty quickly. It’s just always been something that gets my brain and blood pumping. I totally understand where he’s coming from. I know it’s like really liberal of me to think this, but I kinda got uncomfortable when Obama talks about religion and the church as the only social center for people in poverty to convene and encourage good moral values. Sure, he does talk about improving schools (good, check) and he includes some information about how better jobs that hire a whole person will help all people (good, yes, not just a particular race) but I do think that we need to work on more secular places for reinforcing core values besides religious centers. I just don’t know how. 5 years ago

inneedofinspirationChapter 6 Faith

Quite general, but thought provoking.

A little too general.

While at the book store I realized that Barak has another book with his explicit plans, which may be more of what I wanted from the book, but it was a good history.

The next section, Race, should be good to read to get me psyched for my job. 5 years ago

inneedofinspirationI'm now on chapter 6

Faith is next 5 years ago


I had an interesting conversation regarding this book last night. Very useful! I also picked up a new book called, “Traffic.” It is fantastic! I highly recommend it. It’s now competition. 5 years ago

inneedofinspirationPrologue and two chapters!

Yeah! I read this far and so far I can say it’s totally doable when I put my mind to it. If I am really dedicated, I can lose sight of other goals I want to meet, but it’s a good start. I know the rest of the book needs to appeal to me more, but it has been pretty generalized and it may just be a good hook to get to the specifics.

I do want to write down some key ideas and topics. Maybe I should just type them here! 5 years ago

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