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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Realize that being a perfectionist isn’t a virtue


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Cdngirl2I amalgamated this goal with another

I had two goals which were very similar—what’s up with that?!* 7 years ago

Lou is clearing out the nooks & cranniesUntitled

“Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person.”
—Dr. David Burns 7 years ago

eternalsunshine06Subconsciously ..

I have achieved this goal .. I realise this only today as I refect on my past year and my actions this year… I have gotten over being a perfectionist ..and just enjoy the fact that i did a task and it was to my liking :-D 7 years ago

Lou is clearing out the nooks & cranniesDone

Definitely always a progression, but I really feel I have a handle on this for once. 7 years ago


maybe I’ll manage to realize it some day) 8 years ago


Part of the problem with perfectionism is that it creates too wide of a chasm between the life you have and the life you think you should have. In a sense I have accomplished this goal as written; I no longer believe perfectionism to be a virtue. The challenge now lies in dismantling the perfectionist tendencies that I have relied on for so long. 8 years ago

Lou is clearing out the nooks & cranniesThe struggle!!

getting better at this…

My fear of failure has, in the past, kept me from trying new things sometimes. HOWEVER, I just worked at an overnight camp for 2 weeks, and campers love their bunk leaders/coaches no matter what! It’s a serious ego boost. I spent the week telling them not to be afraid of failure, that multiple trial and error is not a sign of a bad idea, and that they’re all awesome. And I think I finally started listening to my own advice. 8 years ago

AbsnasmPerfectionism stops you from trying new things.

If you think you won’t do something 100% right the first time, you won’t even try it. If for some reason you try it and you don’t get it right the first time, you give up and beat yourself up for not being perfect.

Where’s the scope in that? 8 years ago


I do believe that I’ve come to a point where I no longer wear my perfectionism as a badge of honor; I’m beginning to see it for what it is (a destructive habit) and am motivated to change. I’m realizing that I too deserve to be the recipient of the level of care and understanding I extend to others.

I’ll never stop making mistakes. And that’s ok;) Insisting on “having it all together” is both futile and limiting. I hope to gain some freedom from relinquishing this old safety blanket. 8 years ago

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