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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Amanda in Akron is doing 25 things including…

work because I like to, not because I have to


Amanda has written 3 entries about this goal


This should be easier now that Im in college.
I mean, I actually get to take classes that I’m interested in.
That will pertain to what I want to do with my life.
With the exception of Research Methods… I’ve liked my psych classes.
I’m not used to learning information in school that I can apply to the real world and every day situations.

(Tangent… when I was visiting Oberlin, one of the parents on my tour got in a tizzy because the guide kept using the phrase “real world” to refer to life beyond college. He said, “What isn’t real about college? How is this not real? It’s as real as anything else, so I wish people would stop saying that.” I totally got what he was saying. It’s something I think about from time to time.)

There’s nothing more interesting to me than human behavior and it’s causes and motivations.
I used to be scared about deciding what I want to do with the rest of my life so early on.
Like, by announcing it now it would inevitably not happen, I would jinx myself.
But I can’t imagine losing interest in psychology.
I can’t imagine losing my interest in listening and helping people.
And the more I read, the more lectures I go to, the more situations I can apply my knowledge to…
The more reassured I am.
I like this work.

Now I just have to find a college job other than Campus Dining Services…

Have a nice day, ma'am. Thank you for looking right through me.

I’ve decided that I could never work retail. I am not a people person. Or at least when the customer is not a people person. I can’t stand when I can tell the customer only needs me to punch buttons on a cash register and hand them his or her change. I am not nameless or faceless. I am more than just a Button Pusher and Change Giver.

Over the summer I volunteered at the Akron Summit County Public Library. The first couple of times I worked in the library store and worked the cash register. Some people are so unpleasant. Eventually I started sorting books and restocking the shelves and tagging the merchandise. That I can handle. I like to work behind the scenes, by myself.

There’s something fun about pushing a cart around and swiping name cards over pads that grant me entry into the back rooms of the library. Yeah, it’s menial work, but I don’t care. Most of the time I enjoy it.

Besides, I suck at math. Adding change is not my forte.

Where'd you go?

Spring Garden taught me to do my work for the sake of learning, not for the grade. High school ruined me. I feel like I’m forced to do this dull, tedious work just so I can get my school another Excellent rating. I want to feel motivated again. I want to feel like I’m actually gaining knowledge.

What I feel like is…....


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