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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romanticfanatic19Payin' it Forward (:

Long story short, I was having a really awful time. I’d lost my job, my boyfriend and I were on the verge of a separation, and my son had just been diagnosed with some health issues. All in all, I was completely overwhelmed. I decided, against my better judgement, to get some drive-thru at a Taco-Bell. My order came up to $11 something and I realized, sadly, that all I had in my wallet was a $10 and two $1’s. [I was 2 weeks from recieving my final check.] When I pulled up to the window and tried to hand the guy my money, he politely shook his head and told me that the person in front of me had paid. I was dumbfounded! I pulled into a parking lot five minutes down the road and cried. I feel like God directed me to go there so that I could see there were people who cared, even though they didn’t know my circumstances.

A month later, I returned and paid it forward. Coincidentially, it was a tab for $11.37 – the EXACT amount my order was that night. Now, when I put my 10% in an envelope for the offering on Sundays, I stick $11 aside in what I call my ‘Pay it forward’ jar in the hopes of helping someone as sad and lost as I was that night. 22 months ago

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LeezelI tried!

I was standing in the line at the post office. I had some packages with me to mail out. There was a guy after me who had a letter. As I put my things on the scale, I told him, casually, “go ahead, I’ll pay for your letter, it’ll be faster that way.”
He turned me down in the nicest way possible. He smiled, and told me he couldn’t take my money.
Boo. 3 years ago


Fun of the day: After visiting my grandmother we went through the McDrive, because I wanted a QP, and we decided to pay for the person behind us in line. Who turned out to be a business man in a Mercedes. Somehow it was really fun, just because you don’t have any contact at all with each other. I love that. :) 3 years ago

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