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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ambler 4 months ago

Patty MThey know more than you!

You need to remember that they know more than you! They have been through a lot and worked every day to help you. You need to say YES more and listen to them more. Don’t be 50 , 60 years old and have regrets!!!! x 5 months ago

Patty M 4 years ago

Ink0PennA fall.

I have many old issues with my parents which I’m trying to consciously overcome. Part of the goal.

I had been doing good on this front these past few days when one of those came up today. I can see that my parents were still very hurt over that thing. I was patient with what they had to say and handled it with a lot of maturity – and a lot of lies. Yes, that was the bad part of it.

Lying to keep someone happy is a “bad” thing per se. But I really don’t mind the lying part. It seems to me too much of selfishness to impose all my thoughts and beliefs on them. Then again, these beliefs are something close to my heart, so I don’t want to give up on them. It’s a difficult issue to resolve but knowing that my parents are now the older side of middle age, it seems really selfish and useless to cause conflict for no reason except truth.

Truth and honesty are the epitome of things, I accept that. But hurting them and living with that hurt all the time and living with that hurt myself… all of it seems a bit too much just for the sake of honesty.

I’m not sure how I’ll resolve these issues with them but for now, a compromise like this seems the best way. 5 months ago

Ink0PennStarting out small

+ Taking time out to do some odd jobs around my parents’ house.
+ Aiming to appreciate them at least a few times when we talk.
+ Taking better care of myself because I know they are worried about me and I really don’t want them to have reasons to worry. 5 months ago

Ink0PennBeautiful Goal

I think this is the most beautiful goal I have considered in a long while. 5 months ago

Ink0Penn 5 months ago

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Tyler K 2 years ago


I’m going to do this by:
- Going to dinner when they call me
- Keeping my room clean
- Listening to what they say
- Keeping my bathroom clean
- Putting my washing out 9 months ago

carabelly 9 months ago

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henrydevid 12 months ago

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hellotyra 13 months ago

Amal SobhiI Love my parents

I discover that I love my dad after he died , he is amazing dad God bless him ….I wished if I did many things to let him happy, now I do my best with my mother I don’t want to lost her (My God Bless her)
For every one can read what I’m writing now take car of your parents…... 14 months ago

Amal Sobhi 14 months ago

abigail2004 2 years ago

vivacekate 14 months ago

titja 18 months ago

giftlove2222 16 months ago

Emma2277Sorry for this

I tried to do this so many times, now I gave that up, I feel sad but I cannot do anything about it. They are not good at parenting.
Like Leonard at the Big Bang Theory, I too am over my mother’s not caring about me. 17 months ago

Emma2277 17 months ago

Ov91 18 months ago

Harrietflosmithcould be better.

I love my parents, don’t get me wrong. Our relationship could be better, just like everyone’s. I say I would do anything for them yet I refuse to do small tasks such as washing up or washing, I should think about that more often. I do over react, however now I have identified this hopefully I will be able to change it. I don’t appreciate my parents as much as I should. Sometimes I have quick bursts where I realize how amazing they are, but appreciation is more than that. The definition of appreciate is “to be thankful for,” and that is something I could definitely do more often. I should think about the enormity of what they do for me more often. 18 months ago

Harrietflosmith 18 months ago

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