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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Ivan GefenUntitled

I am flexible, happy and compassionate. I am accepting myself despite acting greedy, lonely, sad and anxious. 15 months ago

Ivan GefenManipulations- What I ask of others I must ask from myself. If I ask you to be different, I open the door to you asking me to be different.

Hiding the truth, being duplicitous, anxious, wanting it both ways. Expecting perfection, praise, attention, an easy way out, no challenges, obedience. 17 months ago

Ivan GefenFACTS

I am caring, strong, committed, dutiful, honest, empathic, courageous, quick acting, focused, determined, calm, encouraging, intelligent, inspiring, wise at times, organized, forward thinking, artistic, creative, hopeful, happy, appreciative, vulnerable, do what is truly in my heart, hard working.

I am lazy, ill intentioned, neurotic, over analytic, defensive, intolerant, easy to distract, overly optimistic, unrealistic, mean sometimes, short tempered, stubborn, overly honest, dishonest, overly kind sometimes, afraid, overcomplicated, disorganized, and escapist. 17 months ago

Ivan GefenParaphrase

“One of the things with falling down is that you get reminded of how horrific greed is, and I can tell you that compared with reciprocity, greed is dark, destructive and repetitive.” Greed uses me like an animal. I am a beast with no reason, no limits, no standards. My impossible appetite chains down the humanity of my being. I don’t want to be just a “dumb” animal acting abominably because I lack sensitivity or conscience. How can an ass be taught? 17 months ago

Ivan GefenBoundaries. I do my part. You do yours.

irritability with clients and coworkers about petty things, petty rules, petty recognitions. Sigh. Am I really this small?

Willing to just be there for a client. Just listen. Got backlash. 18 months ago

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Ivan GefenSaturday

I am strong in someways, weak in others. I am creative and stubborn when I want to win. I am creatively weak and pathetic when I want to lose. I need to be more present. 19 months ago


Ongoing suppositions about what I do and who I am that seems lasting . . . 19 months ago

Ivan Gefenstuff

I am caring. fair. just. kind. nonjudgemental. accomodating. believing. paitent. irritable. cranky. mean. rude. blunt. unthinking. demanding. resourceful. slow 19 months ago

Ivan GefenUntitled

I am caring, hopeful, scared, arrogant, kind, demanding, lonely, loved, creative, inflexible, repressed, sad, grateful, hungry, committed, growing, middle aged, appreciated, admired, respected, believed, scattered, selfish, sacrificing, resentful, wounded, passive, not telepathic, don’t know everything, can’t save everyone, can’t love everyone, hated, disliked, resented, teased, over analytic. 19 months ago

Ivan GefenThe Truth

I am smart, helpful, kind, beautiful, appropriate, reassuring, safe, strong, and aware. 19 months ago

Ivan Gefen Manipulations

I have wanted others to be different than they actually are, to be more kind, more in tune with my thoughts and needs, to serve me, to conform to me. What I ask of others I must ask from myself. If I ask you to be different, I open the door to you asking me to be different. This is a hard thing to SEE much less to let go of. I will continue to notice how I am expecting things of others contrary to their own best interest. I will also work on not thinking I am the center of the universe. In this way I will stop bending myself to get my needs met. 19 months ago

Ivan GefenWays I manipulate

food, attention, chores, volume, to make ma comfortable, not to have to obey. 20 months ago

Ivan GefenFACT

I am kind. I am strong, I don’t quit until something is done. I have my flaws. Sometimes I am lazy. I believe things work out for the best. 20 months ago

Ivan GefenThe Truth

I am perceptive. I am good at explaining complex things. I like studying neuro-psych, and psycho pathology. I like listening. I like challenging. I can make good decisions weighing all the facts. I can live with the consequences. I don’t want to live life “asleep.” 20 months ago

Ivan GefenIn a nutshell of true me

I am loving, creative, gentle, kind, loved and strong. 20 months ago

Ivan GefenSunday's Point of Honesty

I am happy doing what I am doing but I feel burnt out sometimes. 20 months ago

Reese315 23 months ago

Laura BloomfieldBe true to myself and why now...

I always thought I was true to myself….but I have got myself in a situation where I am not being true to myself and it is eating me up on a much too regular basis!

I have allowed someone into my life who I pretty much dispise in many ways, from her morals to parenting skills – I have stuck to it because of the group of friends she is in. I honestly thought I could hack it but the more I spend time with her the more I detest the situation.

I am not the only one who feels like this and usually I would be fine to say when I don’t agree with her – but not only do I never get the chance – whenever I have it hasn’t been taken on board.

The only thing is… of the other girls in the group feels exactly the same way I do…..but has said not to say anything as it would be difficult for the group but she doesn’t seem to see how difficult it has become for me. I am now in the position that I know I have to not spend time with her because whT she is doing at the moment is illegal and I would have to say something – but I am at risk of losing friends because it would be made difficult for everyone else – so, to be true to myself…....

I am going to be friends with people who want to be my friend and where I want to be theirs!! I want to feel I can have open conversations And stand true to what I believe in with like minded people! 2 years ago

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