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By Brett Kelly

How to Recover From a Bad First Impression

Have you ever met someone new, and almost immediately realized you had made a bad first impression? Maybe you made an off-color joke, were obviously inebriated, or came on too strong. Or maybe you put off an impression that you were not all that interested, even if perhaps you were.

6 Ways to Level-Up Your Morning Routine [VIDEO]

This video is brought to you by LunchBox. Enter for a chance to win a college football bowl game trip today! Your morning routine sets the tone for the rest of the day, so make the most of it. Here are six ways to level-up your morning routine so you can hit the ground running.

Finding Comfort in Non-Home Surroundings : On the Road with Andres Zuleta

This is a travel hacking case study.

Declutter your email subject lines

Long ago in a town far, far away, I was an undergraduate student. I had one teacher, professor O’Brien, who insisted that his students communicate with him via email. Back then, I sent and received at most two messages per week. Today, you can put a pair of zeros behind that number. I’m sure I’m not alone. For many, reading emails is more of a chore than a convenience.

Fifteen Items I Don’t Skimp On

Frugality is a major part of our financial independence strategy. Since we live on only one income and save the other one, we have to be quite careful with our spending. As I’ve mentioned many times, my perspective on frugality is to spend as little as possible on things that aren’t as important to us so that we can spend adequately on things that are important to us.

Fire: Oh, that will never happen to me

This article is by staff writer William Cowie. Laughter and hooting filled the house as my wife had Karen and a few other friends over for a mid-morning tea. (Such are the joys of retired life.) The chirping of a cell phone rose from the pile of purses on the sofa. Nobody paid it any attention — whoever it is can leave a message, was the general sentiment. Sure enough, the chirping stopped.

The Tim Ferriss Show: Tracy DiNunzio on Rapid Growth and Rapid Learning

This single interview with Tracy DiNunzio, founder of Tradesy, was recorded in three short parts.

4 Ways Passion Breeds Happiness

I've been a Bboy (breakdancer for the uninitiated) for over ten years now. And you know something? I'm not the best. Among my friends I'm one of the only few who have yet to win a competition on my own. I don't have trophies or medals to show off. You also can't find many YouTube videos of me. And admittedly, I'm not as good as I want to be.

Why I Like When Other Men Make Me Feel Bad About Myself

When I’m reading about the life of Theodore Roosevelt – writer, soldier, president, explorer – I’m amazed at how much more manly he was than I am, and how much more he did with his life than I’ll ever do with mine. There are also modern men that knock my manliness down a peg. Take a guy like Sam Sheridan, author of A Fighter’s Heart and The Fighter’s Mind.

New! You Can Get All Five 21 Day Projects in One Bargain PDF.

I’ve been thrilled — and I must admit, astonished — by the popularity of my 21 Day Projects. I created these because, over the years, I kept hearing the same issues coming up again and again, as people talked about their happiness challenges. Fighting a never-ending battle with clutter.  Feeling drained by someone else’s difficult nature.

Don’t Just Build a Business; Start a Revolution

Short version: there’s a new manifesto you should read. It’s by my longtime friend Jonathan Fields, and is all about a new way of thinking about entrepreneurship. Go download it! The Art of Revolution (free PDF download) *** Last year Jonathan started a revolution by talking about revolutions.

The Productive Sprint

By Leo Babauta In the past two weeks, I’ve written more than 45,000 words, including 10 posts for Zen Habits and Sea Change and 30 chapters in my new book. That’s a lot of writing. I don’t usually write that much — it’s an unusually high output for me, and I’m not usually that productive.

Questions about Mislabeled Roasts, Skillets, Dollar Shave Club, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Buying cheap or for life 2. Best financial decision? 3. Grocery store ethics 4. Stuck in a tough spot 5. Taxes and early retirement 6. Being “rich” 7. Organizational credit card 8. Trusting the bank 9.

Better Eating vs. Exercise – Do You Really Need Both?

When people are trying to get healthy, there are two main ways in which they generally go about doing it: through diet, or through exercise. In fact, when we think healthy lifestyle, we think of something based around those two subjects. While both are necessary in order to live a completely healthy lifestyle, many people are keen to extol the virtues of one over the other.

Lessons from the Journey: Before Beginning, Count the Cost

From my own 193-country journey to the stories of many other people who were kindly willing to share, The Happiness of Pursuit attempts to extract and convey the lessons of modern-day quests.