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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Samanthaschool on the horizon

My son will be 5 this summer so we’re about to reach a milestone I’m not sure I’m ready for!! The first day of school! I am excited for him though…I think that he is going to be a terrific student! He’s already learned his colors, numbers, alphabet, and is learning to read a few small common words… but I am mostly excited to see the look on his face when he realizes the power of education. 7 years ago

Samanthajust happy

i want them to remember times like this. times when we were out together as a family, having fun, just BEING in the moment. i believe that as long as they remember moments like these, they will have something to reach for as adults. they’ll remember the joy they felt in running in the snow, splashing in the puddles, jumping in the leaves, watching bugs crawl on the grass…and they’ll always strive to keep that joy within themselves, and learn to pass it along to others. 8 years ago

Samanthaall the best

my son is three and he has the biggest heart. he cares so much about other people’s feelings. i would love to see him make it through life without letting other people take that out of him. it’s so hard (especially for a little boy) to grow up and show a bit of compassion and sensitivity without being negatively labeled. i want to see him accomplish his goals without losing himself. i want him to always be able to stand up for what he believes to be right and just.
my little girl is one. she’s so sweet. she’s a little fire cracker already. won’t take crap from anyone…including her big brother.she’s very helpful. not toddler ‘helpful’, but helpful! she’s really good at following directions and helping to clean up…and eager to do it. i hope she makes it without losing all that spark. girl’s are often told to ‘settle down’. i don’t want her to, i want her to know what she wants and continue to go after it!
good luck babies…mommy loves you always!!! 9 years ago


and I want them to actually have dreams and goals, rather than simply coasting through whatever life brings. Don’t get me wrong, an occasional “coast” can be good – a break to look around and reassess.
But I don’t want them getting to be 40 or 50 years old, looking back and wondering “How did I get here?” 9 years ago

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