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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Antti in Tampere is doing 16 things including…

decide what the hell I would like to do with the rest of my life

3 cheers

 

Antti has written 4 entries about this goal

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I don’t like the wording of this goal. It always makes me think that whatever I decide, I have to stick with it for the rest of my life. But that’s impossible! And even if it was possible, it’s not what I want to do. I need variety. I want to try different things and experience as much as possible.

For me this goal has always been about figuring out what I would like to do for a living. I have graduated from the university and I’ve got a great job but I’m not entirely satisfied with it. It’s secure and it pays well but it’s just a job – I feel no passion towards it and quite often I find myself thinking that I should be something completely different.



Time to think about this again

In about a year and a half I’m going to graduate from the university and even if I cannot make any detailed plans for the rest of my life, I probably should have at least some kind of an idea of what I want to do, where I want to work and so on. The problem is that I have no work experience from my field of studies and, to be honest, I’m not even that eager to get a ‘real job’.

For instance, instead of really trying to find a relevant internship I decided to spend this summer in the USA working in customer service. What’s wrong with me? Why am I not interested in a job from my field of studies? Did I make a wrong choice when I decided to study at TUT?

Questions like these keep puzzling me from time to time.



I want to be happy

I have thought a lot about this goal lately and I have come to a conclusion that this is something that I cannot decide at this point of my life. I’m not even sure if I will ever be able to do that.

Making life-long plans simply isn’t sensible, because there are so many things that can change. The world changes, the people around me change and even I change. Should I decide something today, I might as well change my mind tomorrow.

Instead of trying to figure out what I want to do in the far future, I will concentrate on my short-term goals, which can be seen on my list here on 43T. I just want to lead a carefree life doing things that make me happy.

(hmm, isn’t that exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life? perhaps… :)



I have no idea

What is the meaning of life?
I think there’s no universal meaning of life. In my opinion, every life has its own meaning but I don’t have the slightest idea of what the meaning of mine is.

I don’t believe in destiny. I believe that things happen randomly but we can affect the probabilities of events. That means some things are more likely to happen than others but anything is possible. Sometimes bad things will happen in life but I am an optimist, and I believe that in the long run good things will outweigh all the bad things.

I don’t think my life has been given any special purpose; my life is what I make of it. Now if only I knew what I want to make of it…



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