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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VagabondEvangelistKindness to everyone

This is something I wish to keep doing until I am no longer able to do anything more in this life. 4 years ago

Cheryl's ♥ Will Go On∞Tony!

Can you spare a few minutes to watch this? 5 years ago

Cheryl's ♥ Will Go On∞Do It Now!

“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson
American Poet 5 years ago

Cheryl's ♥ Will Go On∞Shoes!

As Gandhi stepped aboard a train one day, one of his shoes slipped off and landed on the track. He was unable to retrieve it as the train was moving. To the amazement of his companions, Gandhi calmly took off his other shoe and threw it back along the track to land close to the first. Asked by a fellow passenger why he did so, Gandhi smiled. “The poor man who finds the shoes lying on the track,” he replied, “will now have a pair he can use.”
~Author Unknown 5 years ago

Cheryl's ♥ Will Go On∞No Expectations!

“Perhaps we’re too embarrassed to change or too frightened of the consequences of showing that we actually care. But why not risk it anyway? Begin today. Carry out a random act of seemingly senseless kindness, with no expectation of reward or punishment, safe in the knowledge that one day, someone somewhere might do the same for you.”

~Lady Diana Frances Spencer

Beloved Princess of Wales 5 years ago


Cheryl's ♥ Will Go On∞Today...

I had to take my mom on an errand. We passed an elderly man laying on the sidewalk around 6am. No coat or hat and it was 32 degrees here this morning. I passed by before I realized it, but circled back to where he was. I saw he was moving and asked did he need help. He said yes, I saw he was bleeding. I called 911 from my cell phone and waited for them to respond. 5 years ago

Cheryl's ♥ Will Go On∞Great Opportunity

I went to a sandwich shop yesterday, there was an old man pulling change from every pocket he had. He was trying to get enough to pay for a sandwich after asking the cashier which one was the cheapest. I offered to pay for his sandwich. The owner heard me and told the man he could have the food. I offered the owner money and he refused to accept it. The man was very thankful to both of us. He went out the door and came back in to thank us again. My grandson was with me at the time and I told him that’s how you get your blessings. 6 years ago

LynnaiiPay It Forward

I finally watched the movie. It is so inspiring! And sad…but yeah I’m very motivated now :). 6 years ago

LynnaiiI think this is a great goal!

I’m glad it’s on my list now :).

I live in a place with many homeless people. At first (and even now), it really broke my heart to see so many on the streets, especially in the cold (and either way, it cannot be pleasant). It also broke my heart that many friends warned me not to give them money or anything because there have been stories of people snatching wallets. I followed their advice for a long time and recently, as I met up with a new friend (from this area), she was watching a performer in the subway station. When I approached, she said she really liked the music and tipped him. I smiled and I thought that I should follow her example.

It’s hard knowing I can’t help out every single person but it doesn’t mean I can’t help one or two as often as I can. I started giving my change to people who happen to be outside the Subway I frequent often. I’m going to start tipping the street performers I encounter too. 6 years ago

Cheryl's ♥ Will Go On∞Pay It Forward!

I saw a lady running toward the bus stop this morning, the bus sped by without slowing down. I stopped and offered her a ride. She was very appreciative. 6 years ago

fly_like_an_eagleCompassion is the answer.

As people come across my path and I see a need that I can actually meet I try and show compassion and share the load with them in some way. 6 years ago

Cheryl's ♥ Will Go On∞How to "Pay It Forward"

Be attentive wherever you are for opportunities to help someone. Perhaps you have an elderly or disabled neighbor who is too proud to ask for help with their yardwork; or maybe you’re in a restaurant and see someone who looks like they could use some kind stranger to pay for their meal. You can change people’s attitudes about the world through your unobtrusive acts of kindness. 6 years ago

Cheryl's ♥ Will Go On∞Easter Sunday

Well it happened again in reverse, I got stopped for speeding. The police officer gave me a lecture and a warning.
It was like the movie “Pay it forward.” I feel like if I hadn’t paid for 5 strangers breakfast earlier, I may have gotten an $186.50 ticket. 6 years ago

Cheryl's ♥ Will Go On∞Easter Sunday

I went to IHOP for breakfast after sunrise services and I picked up the check for a table of 5 clergymen and women. 6 years ago

Cheryl's ♥ Will Go On∞Kindness

Today we are having mega storms. I was going to the store to get a few items and I passed an elderly lady sitting at a bus stop in the rain. She had three bags of groceries. I stopped and asked her if she would accept a ride from me. She said yes, I asked where she lived and it was clear across town. I took her home and she was so grateful. She offered me gas money which I refused. She was my blessing today. 6 years ago

Cheryl's ♥ Will Go On∞Show Kindness

Wow! It happened in reverse . A complete stranger stopped me today and said “Lady you smell so good.” It was obvious he was a homeless person, he touched my heart and never asked me for anything. 6 years ago

Cheryl's ♥ Will Go On∞Show kindness to a stranger

Looking for nothing in return…just a smile will do. 6 years ago

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