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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serenete waiting

Work in journalism for a year
Learning things about yourself

Besides the steepest learning curve I’ve had in my life so far (all 27 years), I also condensed that year into a roundup article for my local Mensa magazine, which was taken up by another mag, and I had strangers write to me about it, which was great!

In that year (and a half), I worked for a Japanese newswire and an American magazine and had my mind totally blown apart by all the events. I had one-on-one interviews with Ministers, CEOs, angry union members, F1 racing drivers. And more!

Got sprayed with tear gas (those water cannons do NOT have water in them, but an awful stinging liquid), staked out hospitals, had my mobile ring embarrassingly during important national press conferences, tore my right ankle ligaments, attended one too many product openings, spent long hours listening to utterly boring speeches and many overtime hours.

I really couldn’t recommend it more!



Comments:

wow tear gas! torn ligaments! F1 drivers! Overtime hours! Oh wait.. i’m familiar with that last one :p

Really though – wow. you’ve lived more in a coupla years than i feel i have..I really need to find my way out of this rut.

serenete waiting

Those were just some of the highlights of that workplus year. I don’t know whether it was ‘living’, I certainly felt that I was more alive because I was constantly being bombarded with things waaaaay over my head. All subjective.

Here too, at Uni, but differently. This time in Adelaide has been BAD, but there were so many good sparkles that it’s an overwhelming positive experience.

I’m going to fall into a rut soon, I know it. Gotsta work on the whole job thing eh? :)


 

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