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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PasadenaSue Today, I will be honest and clear in all my communication.

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Honesty is almost addicting.

Being honest with myself about how I feel, act, and react, to situations has forced me to think about my life. Things I have been doing for years – out of habit – are now being examined and evaluated. Why do I get mad at the cat who wants to sit in my lap when I get home from work? I am not actually mad at the cat, I am tired and frustrated and want to be left alone. Once I acknowledge this is how I am feeling, then I either pet the cat, or give him some attention and gently put him on the floor.

Why was I telling salespeople white lies? Because it was easy. But so is telling the truth – I am not interested in the product you are selling. If they continue, I will hang up the phone. At least I am not being rude.

Mostly this goal has forced me to think about how I act with my family. Why do I get frustrated when my Mom calls and she can’t remember if she took her medicine? I am actually responding to the other pressures in my life – mainly work. How many times did my Mom take care of me when I was a child and I was sick? She didn’t get mad and yell at me. She deserves the same consideration she showed me when I was sick. This awareness makes it much easier to just take care of her, and focus on what she needs, instead of redirecting my anger from other areas of my life.

So I go over and organize her medicine and chat for a while. Then I come back home. It wasn’t even difficult to take care of that errand.

We are off work for the remainder of the year. I need to sit and think, and write about how I actually feel about work, the people I work with, the job I am doing, my concerns, and the goals I want to accomplish at work. I need a strategy – if only to understand why I am so unhappy at work and how I can control my feelings.



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