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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Incho[1] Eye contact.

I don’t look people in the eye. Eye contact is something that has eluded me for the majority of my life along with other social norms. I’m told that you cannot trust someone unless they are able to look you in the eye whilst communicating with them. Can I be trusted?

People are bothered by it sometimes. It’s clear. When they are speaking and I’m looking towards another direction, they seem to search for my eyes; moving their faces into my field of view, making a noise to draw my attention, my eyes back to them.

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I am way more confident than I used to be. I have a bit to go (as most people do with this goal) but Im marking it as done. 4 weeks ago

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viobiohaving feel-good mementos

Copied from MareInfinitus. Thank you!!

Step 1: Assemble a confidence toolbox.

“Carol Dweck, PhD – professor of psychology at Stanford University and author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – says that a well-chosen array of objects can give you a major morale boost. (Provided you keep them hidden away “in a drawer or on a bookshelf,” says Dweck, “so that when you come upon them or seek them out, their associations are still potent.”) Here’s what to include in your collection:

Proof that you can be bold.
Did you keep the phone number your now husband gave you—after you asked him out? Or the party hat you wore when you started a conga line at a friend’s birthday bash? “Letting loose makes you feel assertive,” says Dweck, so hang on to evidence that you know how to bust out of your shell.

A photo of those closest to you.
“Feeling loved is a source of strength,” says Dweck—in part because it provides a social safety net: You’re more likely to take a leap when you know there are people who will catch you if you fall.

A symbol of a new endeavor,
like a French-to-English dictionary if you’re learning a language, or a snapshot if you’re taking up photography. “You can derive confidence from the fact that you’re pushing yourself,” Dweck says.

A token of improvement.
Were you once hopeless at finishing crosswords, but now you’re acing the Sunday edition? Or maybe you couldn’t run a block six months ago but you just completed a 5K. If so, don’t pitch that puzzle or your number from the race. Quantifiable achievements provide an instant jolt of self-esteem because they make it easy to measure progress.

A biography or magazine profile of your idol.
Dweck has her students research personal heroes to learn how they became successful. “The students get inspired because they see that everyone has setbacks,” she says.

An invitation to an upcoming social event.
Reminders of future get-togethers bring to mind relationships with loved ones. And, says Dweck, “looking forward to something keeps you focused on good things to come.”

A token from a time you were there for someone…
say, a thank-you note from a friend. “Contributing to another person’s life boosts self-esteem, especially when it helps them make progress toward their own goals,” says Dweck. “ 2 months ago

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