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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stop swearing (read all 13 entries…)
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My problem is that I often have members of the public swear at me and get threatening (at work). Then I have to repeat what they said to my coworkers. So I swore again today, as in “the client yelled f* off…”. I should have said “eff off”, but I’m still going to count today as a day without swearing, even if it is a bit of a cop out.



My sister at one point worked in a job like that and my sister in law does still. It seems a way to torture yourself more than anything. lol Ack! Me, I’ll stay in my little book store and happily deal with finding a book with no name, no author, and only a quote someone remembers.

It's certainly not for everyone

In fact I think most people go into it with high ideals and end up getting burned out. I’d say 90% of my coworkers are affected by the negativism. I was already cynical going into it, so no disappointments. In fact, I’ve become a more positive person since taking this job. I prefer to look at it as a way I can make a difference in the world. Not so much because of the job I do, but because of the way I do my job. Maybe not with most people, but with enough people.

And sometimes the idea of working in an irish book store sounds like heaven.

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