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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missmorgan389Living Beneath Your Means

I think the most meaningful thing as of late that someone has taught me is to live beneath your means. In this day and age, spending frivously can damage you forever. You can easily sink into thousands of dollars in debt.

One time I was going on a run and one of my neighbors was walking his dog and I stopped and chatted for awhile. Out of the blue I said, “If there’s one thing you could teach me in life, what would it be?” No idea where this question came from, but I was enticed to learn from people who’ve been on this Earth a lot longer than I have. Compiling a list of advice would help better myself. I was inexperienced compared to some.

Anyway, he looked at me thoughtfully and said, “Always live beneath your means.” I asked him what he meant and he said, “Let’s say you make thirty thousand a year. You want to live off of twenty thousand.” The rest of the conversation seemed lost to me, except that bit of information and I don’t think I will ever forget it.

Another time, someone passed through the store I work in and I asked a similar question and she said, “You get a bad credit score if you spend over a quarter of your total allowance.” So far, I’ve heeded her advice.

Any other bit of advice you want to share, feel free! I’m always saving bits of info, so leave a comment and let me know =] 2 years ago

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