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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fidgiegirlGiving up after a very long time.

I am giving up on this goal after a very long time of not being able to do so. I had to face facts a few months ago when I learned that my niece is starting to work on becoming an interpreter. I was intensely jealous when I first learned this.

But then I started to think about doing it again myself and found the whole prospect dreadful. I knew I would have to do so much to polish up my language skills, relearn vocabulary, reestablish connections, be willing to work for crap pay to break in, etc. Plus the metro area market is hard to get into and I tried several years ago when I was at my prime, language-wise and also had many connections.

I have so many other ideas for businesses and directions I could take this life . . . putting in the time to again achieve the language quality I would need to be an interpreter is probably not something I will do. I am ready to pass along some of my materials to my niece and wish her the best. It was not in the cards for me and I have found many, many other interests that also satisfy me and can be a fulfilling (and frankly, probably much easier) career for me. 3 years ago

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