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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random23It'll never be finished but it's certainly on the way

Various things have happened in the last few weeks that I’d never have even dreamed of doing six months ago. Best of all, it’s become “normal”.

I’m amazed at what I’m getting up to now. There’s still room for improvement, a lot of room for improvement. But at the moment I’m happy to say I’ve definitely gained fortitude. 7 years ago

turtletortoiseI'm calling this done.

I think it’s a life long journey, but I’ve definately increase my ability to conquer adversity and stay in a circle of wellness. 7 years ago


mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously 7 years ago

random23getting there

Things have recently been improving on the fortitude front.

I’ve managed to chat away with perfect strangers without any real nerves at all. Nothing much seems to worry me these days. I’m still not “there” completely, but things are getting better. 8 years ago

random23The leaving do

I’ve just come home from a leaving do for one of my ex collegues (oddly enough).

There was a lass there who is one of my present collegue’s girlfriends. Not only was I witty and interesting, but she seemed actually quite interested in me.

So there were no nerves involved at all. Perhaps it was the alcohol, but I don’t think that explained it all away.

What exactly is this fortitude thing about? Oh yeah – I can’t reproduce my confidence at a moments notice and get away with it.

But this was a handy exercise nontheless. 8 years ago

random23The Vancouver fortitude mine.

I’ve recently come back from two weeks in Vancouver by myself, and there was a definite flicker on the fortitude-o-meter.

With not knowing anyone there and not really wanting to spend two weeks living like a hermit I ended up just striking up conversations with complete strangers. Especially good was a night in the pub where I ended up with someone offering to help me find a job over there.

Now I just have to apply this to everyday life at home more often. So far it’s not turning out so bad really. In fact it’s all pretty damn good. 8 years ago

Anna LunaDefinition:


for‧ti‧tude  /ˈfɔrtɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[fawr-ti-tood, -tyood]

–(noun) mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously: Never once did her fortitude waver during that long illness.

[Origin: 1350–1400; ME < L fortitūdō strength, firmness, courage, equiv. to forti(s) strong + -tūdō -tude]

—(Synonyms) See patience. 8 years ago

random23a step in the right direction

Today was a useful one. In an attempt to find out more about trumpets (as needed by another “thing” on the list) I went into a music shop and asked for some help.

It doesn’t sound much, but it’s not the kind of thing I would do usually.

And it was extremely useful. Not only did I find out just about everything I needed to know but I also had a bit of a lesson on the rudiments of playing. And I can actually manage to get a note out of one.

Not exactly the fortitude I had in mind when I came up with this “thing” but a step in the right direction. 8 years ago

random23a strange goal?

The other day I was chattng away with someone at work about something and she said “you’ve got everything you need, now you just need the fortitude to get on with it”.

I had to go and look the word up, but she was completely right.

And it’s a good word. 8 years ago

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