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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Have you ever been in line at a fast food restaurant, and someone who has already ordered (and eaten) cuts right in front of you, interrupts you in mid-order and asks for ketchup or a refill? It’s as if they assume that, since they’ve already made it to the front of the line, they have free access to the cashier regardless of who comes in behind them. I want to backhand those people. 15 months ago

GQkudzuFictional me

Maybe it’s the fact that I’ll be 40 in about a month, but I’ve spent too much time lately thinking about things I WISH I’d done with my youth. Here’s a fictional resume that another me in a parallel universe made happen from 1995 to 2010:
  • Spent 2 years in the Peace Corps in El Salvador.
  • Hiked the Appalachian Trail.
  • At the conclusion of the AT, bought a bicycle and pedaled back home to Tennessee.
  • Accepted a job with the U.S. Forest Service as a Hotshot Crew member, based in Alaska.
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  • Returned to my hometown; built a small, sustainable home with my own two hands. 17 months ago

GQkudzuShould I stay or should I go?

On Wednesday, I was offered a job. Actually, I was offered what could very well be my dream job. The pay is a little better, the stress load is somewhat less, it’s an hour from family, it’s in an area I love. There’s a major reservation, though: it’s a grant-funded position, subject to be renewed yearly. As of right now, the job is secure until June 30, 2014. After that, who knows?

The thing is, I don’t hate where I am now, and it’s secure (for the foreseeable future). I’m not really worried about my current job being gone in five years if I stay.

So, I’m torn. When I was offered the job yesterday, I was sure I was going to take it. Last night, I woke up in a cold sweat about 1am, worried about the future. The worry and indecision are taking their toll—I can definitely feel depression slipping in. 21 months ago

GQkudzuThe danger of gossip

Human nature is to believe the worst. If two comments are whispered about someone, the listeners will naturally want to believe the one that paints the subject in the more unflattering light. Innocent until proven guilty is a nice concept, but we don’t embrace it, do we? 2 years ago


I had a thought for what could make a fun series of goals at some point: goals to be completed within a short time frame. For instance, when I find myself with an hour to kill, I could list a goal of “give 3 compliments to strangers within the hour.” Just a random thought to share. 3 years ago

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