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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smomotp907Captured essence.

Thank you. 5 years ago

SurlyAny volunteers from the audience???

Oh, pick me! Pick me!


What the hell am I thinking? I was never one to back down from a dance opportunity, on a STAGE no less!

Guess who was doing the can-can??? My camera batteries died, sorry, no pics this time.

And, BTW, I ROCKED!!! 6 years ago

SurlySo I just danced right on in!

My current client is a Fortune 500 kind of place, 1,398 mil in revenue 2nd Q this year.

Big deal kind of place and it’s absolutely crawling with big wigs and suits.

I have an 8 AM meeting every freaking day.

Most days I leave the house in a fog, I am NOT a morning person, and I have to leave soooooo early.

Today, I get there, and I have no shoes. LMFAO

I usually keep a spare pair in the car. But not today. No, today, nothing.

What was I supposed to do? It’s pre-8 AM. No stores are open. 62 miles from home. And no shoes on my feet.

So I just walked right in.

Good thing I’m flippin brilliant or else I might have had problems LOL6 years ago


Sometimes dancing to someone else’s drum is FUN!!! I miss it.

I soooooo need to get dancing more often

7 years ago

SurlyListen closely

Be still.

Can you hear it?

It’s rhythm is mesmerizing. I must follow it.

What? You don’t hear that?

Maybe I should take my drum and go home then… 7 years ago

SurlyI am ME!

Love ME or stay out of my way.

I dance to the beat of my own drum, I don’t know how to do anything else. I go throw life my way, your limits and rules don’t mean a thing to me. Why do you try to stop my dance? If you don’t like it, stay out of my way.

I am creative, I am interesting, I am independant, I am unpredictable. This is all part of my charm.

Now… why would you want to change the very things that make me, ME???

Get to know me. REALLY know me! The more you understand me, the less threatened you will feel. I don’t do things to piss you off or make your life difficult. I just don’t know HOW else to be. Give me the benifit of the doubt sometimes.

And you know… YOU might just learn something too. Maybe YOU need to get in touch with your inner gypsy? Maybe you need to chill the fuck out once in awhile? Perhaps your life could be enhanced with a little more adventure, a little more passion, dare I say it, a little more drama???

Hey, I gotta be me. I can’t change me, if YOU are not strong enough to be with me, stay out of my way!

7 years ago

SurlySurly horoscope 12/11/2006

“Just because you have mundane responsibilities doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.”

Oddly enough, I had a conversation recently, “I’m tired of being the responsible one”. I guess responsible is alright, someone has to pay the bills, clean the house, make dinner, etc… What I really need is some more fun while being responsible :)

responsible fun? Is that even possible?8 years ago

SurlySurly horoscope 11/26/2006

Be proud of going against the crowd and making your own way through your life. 8 years ago

SurlyAm I dancing?

Or it is that I’ve shot myself in the foot? 8 years ago

SurlyI've gotta be me

And I’m gonna be surly.

Fair warning… Don’t like it? Don’t read it. Simple. 8 years ago

SurlyMy drum, my song, my dance

I have to respect myself enough to hear my song and dance my dance.

When I learn to do this, I will dance. I will not continue to march on like a retarded zombie on crack. Yeah, you read that right, retarded zombie on crack.

I’m not an addict. I will not continue to obsess like one.

Although I feel like it inside, I’m not dead.

And dancing to someone else’s song is just retarded.

Retarded zombie on crack… Done with that. 8 years ago

SurlyHA! I even got my own drum :)

“While I dance I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. That is why I dance.” 8 years ago


Even though this is not the true expression, my meaning is that I do not want to conform to people’s expectations. I want to always make sure that I’m being true to myself even if it means not fitting in with the mainstream. I want to be free to dance and make a fool of myself and laugh and not think so much about what other people are thinking of me. 9 years ago

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