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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mholikStill like

Scand art gallery
Write books? Cookbooks
Biological photog
Write for websites?
Food photog
Sell art 18 months ago

mholikPreeeettty sure

I want to be my own boss. But what kind of business?

things I am absolutely NOT interested in:

Things I’m possibly interested in or at least knowledgeable about:
agricultural/greenhouse/landscaping: could open a greenhouse
animals: a rescue or something similar
crafts: retail art/craft supplies, workshops
art (gallery owner, dealer, artist?)
Food: restaurant/brewery/mead, bee-centric, cafe (combo cafe) cheese
design services (meh), web design, marketing
bikes: sell, rent fix? what…
photography: but other than freelancing how is that a business?
traditional skills (old school)
media (ugh, this is so vague) but I do know a lot…

I’m finding that I bust ass and use my skills to help grow and improve OTHER people’s business, often while dragging them kicking and screaming. (Oh, and getting paid way less than I deserve.) So why the hell shouldn’t I just do it for myself?

My strengths:
-media savvy
-design savvy
-hard working
-excellent sense of aesthetics and what people like
-clear thinking
-strong organizational skills
-good communicator
-honest and have integrity
-like to keep things fun

My weaknesses: (either improve on these or get someone else to do…)
-financial record keeping and projection
-procrastination (might help to have others in business with me, or even employees so I am accountable to someone)
-try to do too much; unrealistic workloads
-difficulty finding motivation sometimes
-kind of a wuss about standing up to others
-red tape and paperwork

*still considering from other list: biological photog
;) 22 months ago


Open a Scandinavian art gallery
Open a all town brewery
Be a park ranger
Biological photog
Craft seller
Art photog
Helicopter pilot 2 years ago

mholikIndependence and stimulation

Are very important to me. High priorities. 2 years ago

mholikVague, fuzzy

But it’s coming clear. Just a general sense of what I want, no specifics but… I feel like I may be getting closer.

Creative. Free, flowing. My own boss. Appreciated but not in a company man workaday way. Appreciated for my unique abilities. Given license to just create. Fabulous/fantastic. Life is both restful and full of adventure. Travel, rather than always being at the computer. Not bending my ability to the whims of EVERYONE else who walks through the door. Most days I follow what my heart wants to be doing. I experiment, take chances and make a living doing it. Not valued for technical skill but for singular vision. Beauty. Creation. Fullness. Abundance.
That life.
What it means: ???
How to do it: ??? 2 years ago

mholik 2 years ago

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