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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Hyacinth Girl 6 months ago

A Girl in the CurlAlmost a year to find another

I took an ICU job that was full time, at the very same hospital in which I was born.

It was a dream commute (no freeway, just 5 minutes from my house) and I often walked home, and shared a ride with the hubby on his way to the freeway.

The place was so bad, so utterly horrible, though the pay was good, there was a coven of horrible nurses who chose a select few to “like” and everyone else was waiting in line to be the focus of their torture.

Well, I lasted 3 months—the supervisor tried to intervene, the union rep tried to intervene…when it came down to it, I just don’t care to fight for a job that I hate, so I left.

I had to come back and help another nurse, someone with 30+ years experience, and write a letter about my own experiences, and how they ran off an experienced, registered nurse with advanced certification…she had to fight because she had lots to lose (seniority, pension, etc.)

I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.

I went on maybe 20 interviews, and never got the job offer, so I recently did get one and I’m happy, though it took me nearly a full year to find another job, I found the right one (the hospital size is perfect, the unit I want, the sort of people I want to work with, and the pay is about the same as before) the only thing that’s not great is the commute, but it’s manageable.

I’ve had horrible bosses, and worked in crap situations, but nothing like those jackals, putting patients at risk, just to be mean, sabotage and be vindictive. It was like an episode of the Borgias.

In the end, I made ends meet by relying on my hubby’s salary, cutting back my own spending, and selling some of my sketches and doodles and a bunch of excess stuff I had in the closet on ebay.

Worth it? Hell yes. NEVER, ever work anyplace that is torture to go to every day. Nothing is worth THAT. 6 months ago

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Amelica 7 months ago

AmelicaJust resigned!

After much hesitation, I finally submitted my resignation this morning. It was a huge wave of emotions: relief… and then hope (that I now face a world of possibilities)... and then fear (that I would never be able to make more money than I am making now)... and then a bit of calm (realizing that I have enough money to survive on for a few years)... and then fear again (that something terrible might happen and that my savings won’t be enough)... and then relief again…

I feel very, very mixed up right now. I don’t know what the future holds for me. All I know, in my heart, is that I really need to let this go, to salvage my sanity, and to be free to pursue a better future, whatever that may be. Honestly, I don’t know if I’ll get it. I’m scared that I won’t. But what’s life without some risk, eh? I guess I’ll just have to work hard on it and hope for the best. 7 months ago

AmelicaMy job is slowly killing me...

My body is telling me to get out of my job ASAP. I’m so burned out. Work has become physically and mentally painful. I lose my temper for the shallowest reasons. It’s Sunday, and I’m already dreading going to work Monday. I’m palpitating. I feel dizzy. I’m paralyzed. I feel like crying. The simple act of opening my corporate email account is enough to cause chest pains and headaches. I hate what I do. I don’t know why I’m doing what I do, other than it pays the bills. But it’s not a well-paying job either. It’s a mystery how I managed to endure it for almost six years.

I desperately need rest. Desperately. I should escape ASAP before I get a heart attack or a stroke. I don’t want to die from this. My husband and my little boy need me. Life is too short to waste on a job that I hate. There must be something better out there… something for me to do that will be of greater use to this world than to fatten some extremely rich greedy CEO’s bank account.

Fortunately, I’ve got years of savings on me. I’m now drafting my resignation letter. I hope I get the courage to submit it tomorrow. Wish me luck! 7 months ago

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Lauren 10 months ago

sandalphonafter 2 years

Good thing I got out from a place where people have been stuck for 3-11 years because they couldn’t get a “better” offer elsewhere.

Given my need to get out of the trending rut at the office, I turned in a resignation letter with 30 days notice. One of my bosses wanted to put me on forced leave, so I could use the health card. Didn’t need to because I can take care of my health better than most. I didn’t want to be “employed” without getting paid either, so I turned in my immediate resignation right after getting a job offer elsewhere with better pay, hours, and benefits. 11 months ago

sandalphon 3 years ago

Elyse_Mtl 11 months ago

Amanda 13 months ago

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yappiness 12 months ago

Maaitje 12 months ago

maromeraOne month to go!!!!!!!!!!!

I have already quitted. I just need to work one more month while they find a new person and while I catch up on everything. This is not going to be easy. Sometimes the work seems overwhelming. I will miss my students and my great colleagues, but I won’t miss the amounts of useless paperwork. 13 months ago

maromera 22 months ago

ambgkc 13 months ago

Bob1623This past week,

we were introduced to the new corporate network here at work. I have a new token that plugs into my computer which gives me access. That makes three of these gizmos that I now have for the workplace. Each has it’s own user name and password. That, coupled with the 5 distinct systems we use each day, all with their own user names and passwords are driving everyone crazy. These five systems also have the passwords expire every 90 days so that is five systems I change passwords on during my self-proclaimed “Password Changing Day”.

I beat the system by writing all the passwords on a post-it and sticking on the wall in my office.

I treat the whole thing as a kind of joke. But it is serious so it will be easy to leave all this once I quit. The time is getting closer. 14 months ago

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