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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Draco filed his taxes

graduate from college (read all 14 entries…)
"Using" your degree.

Here’s a tip for soon-to-be grads.

After all those semesters of classes, after all those late nights cramming and studying, after all that reading, highlighting, memorizing, testing, and composing research papers, you will be eager to put that all to “use;” to “apply” your degree.

As a recent grad, I will offer this tidbit:
If you manage to get a first job in your field of interest, don’t expect any of the workers there to be impressed by what you’ve “written papers” about, or read about, or were told by a professor in an Intro course. As the newest employee, you will find yourself surrounded by workers who have been doing what they’ve been doing for five, ten, fifteen, twenty, thirty, forty years. It’s a tough lesson, but it will do you good to practice real humility, humble yourself, and be open to learn the “real world” verson of what you read about in your textbooks.

All that knowledge you gained becomes little more than background knowledge when you enter the workforce. The truth of the matter is, you might share some of your knowledge to be seen favorably at the interview, but your “useage” and “application” of your degree stops the moment you are hired. Why do I say this? Because your degree is what made you eligible for that job in the first place, and at that point it has officially done what it is supposed to do.

Your experienced coworkers and management will give you all the training you need to do the job. The knowledge you’ll need to do well at your job won’t come from anything you learned in your coursework.

This is not a bad thing!! It just means that you’d be doing yourself a favor by realizing now that all you learn in college is PEANUTS compared to what you will learn through working in the field. What you learned in college is not waisted. If you are able to get into a career with a liveable wage, your degree—and the knowledge you acquired—aren’t wasted at all.


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this is fantastic advice… humility is hard to come by.

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