i believe in you!
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.
How I did it: I am finishing up living in France for a year as an au pair. I decided when I was in my first year of French in high school I had to come one day. 4 years later, I took a college level class, and there was a list of ways to live in France in my textbook--including au pairing. I spoke to my teacher about it, and two months later I had a family to live with and a plane ticket.
Lessons & tips: If you're an au pair, get ready for an amazing, sometimes rough, maybe bad for a bit, but rewarding experiance.
Plan 4-6 months ahead, getting all the paperwork through the french goverment takes forever. Save up...you don't get paid much, as room and board is provided. Shop around for families...there will always be another family.
i believe in you!