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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acyoungHolding myself back...

I have such a hard believing in myself. I get nervous for everyday things and I’ve been trying so hard for so long to be the self-assured and confident woman I know I can be.

My friends and family know me as a funny and quirky individual who knows what she wants and goes for it. But once I walk outside my front door and I don’t have the support of people who I know love me I whilst away and become a meek and un-assuming girl.

I want everyone to know that I am a strong, smart, and driven woman who can do anything she sets her mind to. I don’t know why I have this social anxiety, but I’m trying so hard to get over it.

I’m working on trying to be me in the presence of strangers. I don’t want to be silent anymore I have a voice and it should be heard. 3 years ago

acyoung 3 years ago

futuremusicteacher89Who I am


I have a social life…well, maybe once a month, but that still
counts, right?

I have a job…I only work two hours a week, but at least I am working in a field I love.

I am a student…on medical leave, but I have chipped away at classes and only have two left before I am a college graduate.


I am learning more about myself each day, and learning to love who I am, even while I look ahead to who I want to be someday.

I have a beautiful life. People who love me, faith that sustains me, books that enrich me, music that uplifts me, nature that calms me, memories that delight me, pastimes that divert me, rest that heals me.

I have not yet arrived. I am still on the journey of life, and each day brings new opportunities to grow and make the most of the life I have been given. Tomorrow is a new day.

I am…

Loving. Dedicated. Inquisitive. Musical. Organized. Proactive. Catholic. A learner. A teacher. Caring. Helpful. Encouraging. Friendly. Introspective. Funny. Pretty. Courageous. Strong. Joyful. Kind. Assertive.

I write these things not in a spirit of pride, but out of the realization that if I don’t believe these things about myself, how can I expect to be confident and radiate these things to other people? I do not demonstrate these qualities perfectly, some of them less so than others, but these are all areas where I am growing. As I continue to affirm myself in each of these areas, I believe that my self-confidence will grow along with these qualities. I have already become more self-confident in the last few months, but there is always plenty of room for improvement, and certain situations are lacking in confidence. I want to use these words and phrases as a way to encourage myself in becoming more confident and loving of myself. 3 years ago

futuremusicteacher89to be nobody-but-yourself

in a world which is doing its best,
night and day
to make you everybody else

means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight;

and never stop fighting

e.e. cummings 3 years ago


Another small thing I did recently that reflects my growing confidence is the style of the bridesmaid dress I chose for my friend’s wedding. It is a halter top, which is much more “bold” than anything I would have worn in the past. I still try to be modest, but I am beginning to shift from trying to use clothing to hide myself and make sure no one noticed me so I wouldn’t have to talk and be social, to being comfortable in my own skin and using my clothing to reflect that. 3 years ago

futuremusicteacher89Last night

I participated in a high school graduation (not my own; I graduated in 2007) by reading tributes written by the students’ parents. I spoke into a microphone in front of 300-500 people, and felt confident and self-assured. I was slightly nervous before I began, but I ended up really enjoying myself. During the post-graduation reception, over a dozen people complimented me on how well I did and how glad they were that I read their graduate’s tribute.

Also during the reception, I had the opportunity to chat with a few friends, and I spent about twenty minutes catching up with an old friend I have not seen since late October. In the past, I would have been very shy and nervous about talking and being around so many people, but I was able to keep the conversations going and be confident when I spoke. I even made plans with one of my friends who graduated (like a sister to me) to watch a movie together at home next month.

I believe that last night is a reflection of the progress I have made in becoming more self-confident and accepting of myself for who I am, realizing that my thoughts and feelings are valid and valuable, and that even though I have to limit my social time, when I am prepared for it I can succeed in social situations.

XD 3 years ago

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