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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ReganHOBY WLC 2012: Create Yourself

I was fortunate enough to be chosen as a Facilitator for Group I3 once again for this year’s HOBY WLC. 10 days of high energy, little sleep, and intense discussions about leadership and global problems is daunting, but I would do it all over again tomorrow to bear witness to the deep personal growth that I saw occur in 426 international teenagers. My group was the best I could have asked for and they shined throughout the week. I love being a part of the HOBY Family and hope that I will be lucky enough to continue my volunteering at WLC for many years to come. 2 years ago


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I applied to be part of the HOBY staff this year when I found out WLC moved to Chicago, my surrogate hometown. However, I didn’t make it to the second stage of the application process. I was gutted. I thought that this would be the perfect year for me to achieve this goal, but I understood that there would be other opportunities.

Then, a week before the conference I received an email from a HOBY friend and asking if I could come be a facilitator. In my original application, I didn’t apply for a facilitator position because I thought it would be better to get more experience in Operations before taking on my own group, but when the position was being offered to me I had to take it.

So one week later I found myself at Loyola undergoing staff training and then welcoming my own group of ambassadors. This was the best week of my life so far. I met so many passionate, motivated, and curious people and it restores my faith in the future of the world. HOBY is a great recharge for life’s batteries. I’ve never laughed so hard, cried so much, or felt so connected to 400 fellow people in my life. I am so glad that fate determined that this year would be my first in the WLC family and I can’t wait to continue my journey for years to come. 2 years ago


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