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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Alicia Westphal 10 months ago


RobbyHammerOn my way to the Big Time

Ever since I heard an engineer I once worked with state matter-of-factly that she did some consulting work now and then, I’ve asked myself why, as a registered professional engineer, I have never done something along those lines.

Now that I am nearly retired, there may be a chance to correct this deficiency. On the way to becoming the head of my own engineering company, building a portfolio of consulting contributions would provide needed income, keep me in touch with technology, and provide a basis for growth.

Currently, my best bets for success are projects involving biochar or earned value management. I would not dismiss nuclear engineering, though the half-life of my knowledge in that arena has long been exceeded. As a systems engineer, I am confident that I could add value to any type of development effort, if a systems-level view is what they are seeking. I also feel that I could still contribute as a management consultant, though I have not focused on that area in my most recent studies.

INCOSE certification would be a helpful credential for the SE work. For the biochar work, a little extra training may be required.

Here’s an example of a consulting outfit run by someone who I would like to emulate.10 months ago


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