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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Today, I started reviewing some of the materials. I finished the first chapter of the CD-ROM I have to review the A+ material. However, this still lacks information compared to the book. I’ve not read a section of the book. But I also have a very long day tomorrow and the final exams are coming up. But I don’t want to use them as an excuse because they’re easily accomplished if I wanted to. 8 years ago

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I’m going to read my A+ book everyday. I had set an unrealistic goal before by saying “I”m gonna complete the entire book in 3 days!” But this time, my goal is to read at least 1 section per day. If I can do more, that’s great. But I’m not going to push myself because this has discouraged me if I couldn’t do just as well as the night before. I also ordered some CDs online to help me entertain myself and have an interactive training instead of staring at the book. So it begins today. I’ll read 1 section tonight. Then I’ll come and update this when I finish reading 1 section.

My drive for this is pretty simple. I became very upset with my previous boss that he wouldn’t give me a chance to train on the IT related work. Instead, he made me do data entry all day. After weeks of begging and pleading, he hired someone who just graduated from highschool with no knowledge of what a computer is to do what I was trying to get a position in. Why? I have taken computer courses. I’ve taken somewhat related courses. I know more than this newbie. But he was also a post highschool graduate who just got admitted to a very prestigious college. Me? I’m still attending a college, but a college that pretty much anyone with a C average can attend. After quitting this job, I decided instead of being depressed, I could use this negative force into a positive force by saying, “look bastard, you gonna be sorry you didn’t give me a chance- cause now I’m the shit.” Of course, A+ is just the beginning towards my long journey. After this, I want to challenge in taking Network+, then Security+.. and the list goes on in no particular order. But I have to start somewhere. And I want to feel good about myself. Because I know I can do it, and I’m gonna show this jerk what I’m made of. 8 years ago

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