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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alwaysrunningtry it

if you want to be stronger, more even-tempered, balanced, and optimistic over the long run, try depending on only yourself. how did i do it? by moving alone to a new city. it was incredibly hard at times, and i’m back to my hometown, where i have a whole web of people to take care of me. i know now that i don’t ‘need’ them in any financial or emotional capacity, but it’s still nice not to be an island anymore. the risk of losing those you depend on is worth the reward of the illusion that you’re not completely alone. other people give your life context and meaning, and there will be plenty of time to be independent when you’re dead. 6 years ago


i always depend on people for everything which is a super bad habbit i really need to work on it 6 years ago

ImmigrantSongI do...

depend on my husband waaayy to much. Sorry honey! I’ll change! 6 years ago

LainkoWhat do I depend on people for?

I’m just trying to make a list of things I depend on people for. I mean… What do I try and get from people… What do I need from them?
And I honestly can’t think of anything. Love? No. I kinda draw on my own ‘love’ to push myself forward, still do, but I don’t depend on others to give it.
Food? Yeah, sometimes, but it’s more like a equal relationship. I get food from them and when I have food I give it.
So I don’t really know. I guess that means I’ve pretty much always had this goal down…. I just never stopped to think about this stuff before.

Of course, sometimes you have to depend on other people. But where the real danger lies is trusting yourself enough to let other people depend on you… So perhaps, I should have thought and had taken that goal on? I digress, I’m done with this goal and I’m proud that it was this easy.

A lot of things don’t come that easily.

~Lainko. 7 years ago


I think I’m doing pretty swell with this. The past two days, when I’ve wanted to get home/out to town I’ve walked and I pretty much have my own money so it’s cool.

Not as independent as I’d like but getting tharrr. 7 years ago

Timid MagickKnowing when to ask for help

I hate depending on other people because more often than not I have been let down in the past. I would rather die trying to do it alone than having to depend on another. 8 years ago

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