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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Surly 5 years ago

SurlyI got rid of the job this entry pertained to

Gawd, I hated it there. I’ve worked for a lot of different people in my life, but that place was the worst.

Right before I left, they wanted all employees to wear dog tags with our top 3 goals engraved on them.

I had a problem with dog tags, that’s a military thing. Using them for something so frivolous is not showing the military the respect they deserve.

And secondly, dogs tags do not go with my outfits. I take pride in how I look. I like having matching clothes, shoes, jewelry. Wearing cheap dog tags made me feel cheap.

I know, I am not a team player.

The one of the happiest days of my life came when I walked in there and said I fucking quit.

I still don’t have my dream job. Two short years, my kid will be done with school. Then I’m outta here to go sell seashells at the seashore.18 months ago

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I tried teaching – it was fun, but not a passion.
Now I am doing therapy – lot’s of wonderful things about this job but I don’t know if it’s a passion. 3 years ago

gnelsonterry 3 years ago

SurlyBut I'm not a moron

My company instituted a mandatory “out of office” email response. Every day, between 5pm and 8am and over the weekends too, if I get an email, it has to send an autoreply that I’m out of the office.

REALLY? No shit.

This all sounds like bullshit, but in reality, it’s just another daily minor nuisance.

However, they told us what the email had to say. It says “thank you” three freakin times and it’s missing assorted commas. I pointed this out and it was recommended I not change anything. :(

“But I’m not a moron”, says I. I know how to form sentences.

I hate my job. 3 years ago

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