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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Do an act of secret service every week for a year


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Sinec my last entry, I (with family and/or church members) have done a couple of things I’d call “service,” but this goal is really about inculcating a mindset: a permanent, constant concern for the welfare of others.

Two things can do this: praying for the gift, and making plans to do specific things for people in my planning for each week. Ultimately, though, I want to be the kind of person who spontaneously puts helping others-in whatever way I can-first. It’s not who I am yet, but I do want to get there.

Next: regular prayer and planning 5 years ago


Tp change an attitude-for example, to develop charity-one must practice the actions associtaed with that attitude. In this case, it means doing charitable things. As I try to focus on this, I see myself growing more accustomed to thinking about how to help people.

But I’m far from living up to this goal as it’s phrased above. I need to review a list of church and family members, among others, each week, and plan who to help (and when and how), and I need to keep a journal of this work, for tracking and self-support. Starting today. 6 years ago

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