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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Given that I’ve just been regraded (favourably) and have applied for a managerial job I think I can say that I’ve got my “work mojo” back. 7 years ago


meester_loweHow bizarre

The other month at work there was a “Development Centre” where the new management team wanted to assess everyone’s soft skills (communication, leadership, relationship management, problem solving etc) and I gave it my best shot and thought I did quite well.

It turns out that I didn’t do quite as well as I thought.

The main problem I had was that the assessors thought I was drifting and not taking it that seriously, and merely letting things tick over until something better comes along.

This is what I find strange. Since coming home I’ve felt a lot more positive about work – in fact I’m almost ready to mark this as done (once I learn to put as much effort in when there isn’t deadlines to meet), and I’m taken aback that they think I’m not interested.

I’m going to leave this task here until I get promoted, which they have said is possible within the next six months. 8 years ago


meester_loweGot a plan

I start back full time on the 23rd January.

I’ve been in contact with the person who’s going to be my new team leader and they should have everything ready for me on the day – laptop, phone etc. It turns out that they just took them from me a year ago and put them in a drawer – so much for getting some new kit :-(

I’m looking forward to going back to work – I’m going to give it a concerted effort to be a hard-working and productive employee who grows their skill set (wow – listen to me – I’m even talking the talk). That way I’ll feel more upbeat about either looking for work elsewhere or about getting a transfer/secondment to one of our Canadian offices.

Onwards and upwards! 8 years ago


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