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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one of the goals for my 20s is to be friendlier, approachable, and make friends which means stepping out of my comfort zone and pushing myself to socialize. relationships/friendships are immensely rewarding when they’re of value. in the long run, they outweigh the self accomplishments in work and education…. that is why i want to take more time to cultivate long lasting and meaningful relationships with others. 6 months ago

peaceloveart22Have I been making the most out of it?

As of today I am 22 years old( I will turn 23 in September!), with the addition of this goal I have been thinking, am I really making the most out of it? Well…not quite. I got my cosmetology license when I was 19 almost 20, worked in a salon for a year then went back to school, I have met a lot of interesting people and some wild nights after 21 but still I want to do a lot more before 30. I want to continue with school ( still not quite sure what I want to commit to), travel (out of state and internationally), be in excellent physical condition( lose a little bit of weight and be in better shape), and just have more fun and take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way! :)) 7 months ago

peaceloveart22 7 months ago

angel102713 7 months ago

HeerenLo..x25 soon

The aim is to work towards the following before 2015-

-Sit some of my CIMA exams
-Get some sort of work experience be it paid or voluntary in accounts
-Save up a deposit for a place and continue doing so
-Travel some more
-Become a qualified make up artist on the side
-Continue counselling
-Continue enjoying my new life in London
-Do more socially
-Make more wonderful friends
-Stay happy 8 months ago

WiredN 8 months ago


I’m 30 now and well I’m still running out of time 8 months ago


Somewhere to document what I get up to whilst I’m 26…

  • Explored new places – Guildford, Kingston and Windsor
  • Am kicking social anxiety’s ass!
  • Brighton Tattoo Convention
  • Tried pole dancing!
  • Won Best Visual Team in the region!!
  • Started face painting
  • Setting up my business
  • Epic nights out 10 months ago

perfectlioness 6 years ago

torpedoe 5 years ago

boocupidJobs, jobs, jobs...

I’ve had so many jobs since turning 20. I’ve taught art and design, worked with young people, been an artist, photocopied, photographed, worked events, worked in retail. I even had what would be seen as a ‘good job’ working in a photography studio for a fashion label. But I’ve given them all up. I’ve always gotten bored, frustrated or just simply couldn’t handle it. I’ve wanted to run away from all of them. Working in an office environment pretty much destroyed me and in an attempt to get out, I applied for postgraduate study. I got a place and I was out of there.

I’ve never really known what I was doing, I’ve floundered between being ‘selfish’ and wanting to do something deemed worthwhile, like teaching. I’ve wanted to be everything from an artist to a baker. I had to keep starting again and try so many things to get here but I’m now on the right track.

I’ve let go of my debilitating need to ‘do good’ and have given in to what I’m actually good at. I’ve become a visual merchandiser. I absolutely adore it and I don’t want to do anything else. I get paid rubbish but I don’t care. I love styling mannequins and putting in new window displays. I love being busy, up and down ladders, painting and fixing things. I love not working in an office and I enjoy being around people all day.

The point is – I’m finally happy. It’s taken five years of experimenting but I’m at a place where I’m settled and thriving. I’m also now in a job that supports my other interests (like makeup, hair and styling) and actually compliments them. To anyone who is struggling with their career or purpose – stop. There are no mistakes, only ways to navigate to where you should be. Probably one of the best things to happen to me during this decade is finding my passion and something I feel I’m really good at. 11 months ago

JeffGleason 11 months ago

monombrepasse 11 months ago

kelsey_153 11 months ago

boocupidI'm now 26!

25 was one hell of a year, I pushed myself to the limit. I studied hard, graduated and got a job. I managed to do some things on my list like Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, cocktails, makeup training, seeing an opera, the list goes on… I may not have done everything but I think in terms of achievement, the year was a success. I won’t be pushing myself like that again though as I’ve lost some of my sanity along the way.

I’m now at a bit of a crossroads in life, not really 100% sure what I’m doing or where I’m going but I’m just rolling with it. The long term relationship with the man I thought I’d be with forever is now over. From here on out I’ll be focusing on just me, the things I want, supporting myself and bettering myself. I’ve made a list of things I want to achieve whilst 26, here’s a snippet…

  • Do the Great South Run
  • Get tattooed more
  • Indulge in some Vivienne Westwood shoes
  • Festival and gigs
  • Learn to ride a motorbike
  • Plan my American road trip
  • Travel more in general
  • Advance in my job

Lots to do! Here’s to the next year! 12 months ago

Angelica AnarchyMy Plans

There’s not much I need to be happy, really. I’m rather laid back about most things. But some things I’d really like to hit before I’m thirty. Notice some things appearing from my other goals.

1. Visit California

2. Get 3 more tattoos

3. Have a tattoo done by Kat Von D

4. Get my belly button pierced again

5. Get 2 more ear piercings

6. Visit Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee 12 months ago

Angelica Anarchy 12 months ago

icklepickle 13 months ago

loving each daySo did I manage?

Did I make the most of my twenties? Maybe not. Maybe.
Either way, I think I did the best with who I was and what I had and I’m in my 30s now. Weird :) Time to make the most of my 30s! 13 months ago

loving each day 6 years ago

sunkissed224 more years

I have 4 more years on me until I turn 30.

Yes, this list is still standing:

1. get a tattoo
2. visit hawaii/canada
3. learn how to swim
4. get into graduate school
5. get fit/toned (run another marathon?)
6. learn to sew
7. get a passport

Number 7 is the easiest, #1 and #4 can happen within the next year, #5 requires dedication and time which is difficult for me to make time and want to make time for, same applies to #6, hopefully #2 will happen by next summer 13 months ago

sitruunapuu 13 months ago

Sherilyn19 14 months ago

boocupidThe perks of getting older...

I feel the need to document more for this goal. I started it mid way through my 20s so there’s alot I haven’t talked about. That’s probably for the best though as my very early 20s were, quite frankly, crap.

However, this year has kind of been a turning point in terms of attitude. As the title may suggest, there have been a huge amount of perks for me when it comes to this getting older stuff… When I say ‘getting older’ that in itself makes me feel ancient, haha but I guess I’ve just gotten a little more level-headed.

The first and most important one is – I just don’t give a damn. If you don’t like me, the way I dress, my opinion/view, etc? I really DON’T care. What’s more, I don’t care about your way of life either. And that’s a good thing. We’re all individuals just trying to get on in this crazy life. Embrace difference.

That leads me into another thing – I’m so laid back, I could be laying down. I really am not bothered about being five minutes late. You being five minutes late. Missing a train, etc. All those things that drive people wild. Guess what? They don’t really matter. Yay! No more unnecessary worrying.

And my last thing is… I am good enough. I know I’m not alone here but I used to worry alot about how I appeared to others, whether I was accepted or not, how successful I was, blah blah blah. Constant churning over and over in my mind about how I could constantly better myself. I’m not totally over it but for the most part, I am. I am damn good enough. And if you don’t like that or don’t agree? Tough and too bad.

So yeah, getting older and caring less is awesome. 14 months ago

sunkissed22Reading my previous post

that I wrote a couple of weeks ago makes me feel better about what I have now. This was something that I wanted, so I’m getting it, and it’s time to embrace it.

Life isn’t about “getting stuck” or being “robotic”. It’s about exploration and enjoyment. Yes, we still have to adhere to this system of working to pay off bills to keep us from living on the streets, but we have to always keep in mind that it’s more than just that. If we can find THE way to ENJOY life and work, we are successful and happy.

I can see myself 20 years from now and think back about my 20s and not regret the decisions that I have made. 14 months ago

shujiejie 14 months ago


I really started to lose track of who I am when I started working again. Part of who I am is being a 20 year old working hard to pursue my dreams and goals with a little fun on the side. I’ve been pulled into this dark hole working over 40 hours a week for the past month and finally, all of it is taking a toll over my health. There has been absolutely no time for self care like R&R, household chores, and even time with my furry baby. I’m setting my foot down again, paving myself a new path (or more like continuing my new path) to finish those grad school applications and to give my photography some attention. The parents that I’ve been working with have been very thrilled with me, so that definitely supported my confidence in being a professional and awesome therapist… which motivates me to apply to other companies that will pay me more.

I feel guilty about shortening my hours and leaving one of my clients, but I will leave that guilt at the door because the trade off will be so much bigger and more rewarding. I vow to NOT live my 20s as a disgruntled robot but as a soul pursuing happiness and greater achievements. 14 months ago

Lisa25 soon!

I cannot believe I am turning 25 soon in October. I actually don’t feel that old but I do at the same time. For the first time in my life I am finally at a point where I can say that I would marry the man I am dating someday and yes I would want to move in with him, and yes I want to continue on with my career and keep growing in my career. I feel more stable than ever and I am getting more financially secure. I am thinking about more responsibilities and what it means to be a woman. Of course there are a lot of things I want to work on, like learning to cook, clean, stay organized, and how to connect better with people etc. but I am on my way :) I have 5 more years of my 20’s and I think that these last five will be the best yet! :) 15 months ago

elephantrosietime to catch up

Wow, I realised that the last time I wrote a post on this goal was three years ago. gonna work harder! in my final year of 20s now! 15 months ago

mdd2nd 15 months ago

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