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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woodstockdc is trying to be more mindful.

cultivate beginner's mind (read all 8 entries…)
New ideas are not a threat

I found myself in a “working group” meeting instinctively seizing up when someone started suggesting improvements to the web site I manage. My gut reaction was to say no.

And then I stopped and kept listening.

I realized that I need to remember that there are very few times I should say no outright with respect to ideas about things we can do in our “e-communications strategy.” Most ideas are interesting if nothing else and even the ones that aren’t feasible should be met with “well, we could do that but here’s what it would cost in time, money, and organizational resources…are you willing to spend that?” The no answers will sort themselves out in that environment or those ideas will be prioritized over other things.

Being right is not center to my worth as a person or a professional. They pay me for my advice and my expertise and if they don’t listen, I can’t make them.


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