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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I’m beginning to see pretty strong correlations amongst my goals and practicing being kind certainly goes along with getting along with getting along better with my sister but I’ll write more about that under that string.

Aren’t we taught to be kind in kindergarten? Be kind to animals, be kind to your siblings, be kind to your parents and grandparents and the nice lady at the corner store? Where does that all go? I imagined myself as a pretty nice person but I’ve been monitoring my thoughts and reactions lately and neurotically going over past exchanges and wondering, ‘How could I have done that in a more kind way?’ ‘When did I become such a jerk?’

One thing I’ve noticed, for sure, is that the more of jerk I am—the more ungenerous I am with myself and the world around me, the more unkind the universe is to me. I’ve been told this and now I’ve seen it. So, now, I’d like to swing this all back in the other direction and be kind and generous with the world.

And I guess that all starts with being kind to myself. 8 years ago

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