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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speedracer4kq in Wales is doing 10 things including…

find a job that combines abilities I enjoy using and am good at using, an environment that I enjoy working in and people I enjoy working with

27 cheers


speedracer4kq has written 6 entries about this goal

I'm not giving up...

...finding a job. Just re-thinking it.

Job sites

I should know better than to expect to find a dream job browsing through job sites. I know this doesn’t work even for finding a job period, let alone the perfect one. But at the moment I’m feeling a bit of pressure in this regard.

I need to find all the papers and brainstorms I was using while reading “What Color is Your Parachute?” I need to focus on what I want to do. However, this coupled with the thought of possibly not having a job for a bit is very hard to accept. I can’t stand the thought of not working. Actually, the fear isn’t not working, it’s not having any income.

Changed this goal... better suit what I want to do. Previously, I wanted to “find my dream job”. Unfortunately, that is neither realistic nor the correct way to approach this subject. A dream job is one of two things: a job that exists in your dreams or a dream in which you love your job.

I want a job that fits me. A job where I get to use my favorite skills and those skills also being ones I’m good at using. This is a key element. Not just doing something I like, but also something I’m good at doing. And in addition, this job would be located in my ideal environment: physically and with relation to other people. Whether that be in the middle of a forest alone or among hundreds of other people in cubicles, or vice versa (if that existed).

Landscape architect?

I wouldn’t necessarily say I have a green thumb, but my parents both do. Maybe I inherited a bit.

In any case, it’s creative, I could draw more, be outside, work with my hands, be physical, I’d actually create something – create beauty. I do have a degree in Biology, so if I went back to school, it’s not tooooooo much of a stretch.

Anyway, it’s still just an idea.

Falling behind

I’m having a hard time keeping the momentum for this one up. I’m still working on my Flower diagram (as described in What Color is Your Parachute?) I’ve kindof made a list of transferable skills. I’m not sure I’m done yet, though. Actually, it’s more I don’t think I’ve put in the time necessary thinking about it.

Figuring this out should be my number one goal. I have more or less promised myself that I will not be in the same job a year from now. I think I’ll shoot myself I don’t keep this one.

What Color is Your Parachute?

I’m currently reading “What Color is Your Parachute?”, which I highly recommend for anyone looking to change careers or simply looking for a job.

I’m trying to define my ‘transferable skills’. This is not very easy. But I’ve found it helps to talk with friends and see what they think my transferable skills are. It helps get an idea of yourself if you’re having trouble.

speedracer4kq has gotten 27 cheers on this goal.


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