I make mistakes. A lot of them.
I spent too much money. I said something I shouldn’t have said. I wasted a bunch of time doing something foolish and unnecessary. I made a statement without properly knowing the facts behind it.
Materials: Expedit shelves (leftover from previous hack)
We decided to update our big 4×4 expedit shelf and therefore took out 6 inside shelves as part of our Expedit hack (soon to be shared)
They were the small squares ones, separating the cubes and since I needed a bedside table, we went with that as the base for it.
- 4x 12 inch furniture legs
- 4x angle top plates
- 4 small metal braces
We’ve been discussing the value of time a lot lately. For me, it’s been an appropriate topic. Lately, my work-life balance has been out of control. There are a few reasons for this: I’ve been giving into time-sucks. I’m struggling to organize a few new writing gigs into my schedule. I don’t give myself any breathing room.
The idea of challenging yourself is one of the pillars of personal development. By challenging yourself, you grow as a person and you learn to trust yourself more, which greatly increases your likelihood of having happiness and success in life.
Some ways of challenging yourself though are better than others.
So far in this series on whether or not college is truly for everyone, we’ve covered both the history of higher ed, and the pros and cons of attending a 4-year university. Today, we’re going to look at alternatives to the traditional 4-year degree.
One-quarter of college grads are in jobs that don’t require a degree.
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Editor’s note: This gallery was curated by Barron Cuadro of The Effortless Gent.
Come spring and summer — and the warm weather that they bring — the office dress code tends to loosen a little bit.
Materials: PAPPIS, adhesive paper
A long time ago I did a hack for filing my 43 suspension folders.
I needed more and more to go into these files, so got tired (or older?) to lift the ‘heavy’ lid each time.
Somewhere in my journey I learned an important lesson: whatever your location, you can choose to be at peace or you can choose to be anxious.
I remember shivering in a tent in Zimbabwe, feeling miserable yet still excited about the adventure. I was on my own in a new part of the world, and I felt like a conquering (though cold) warrior.
Materials: LACK x 2
We had 2 Lack tables that we were not using and wanted a coffee table with inside storage…
We decided to re-use the lack and see what we could do with this.
We combined the 1 full Lack table and one top (that was to become the base) with some wood paneling we had lying around.
1. We cut the grooves in the legs, to insert the panel.
My team and I were talking about Brooklyn-based neon artist, Matt Dilling, whose philosophy on light was, well, transcendental. A minute later we were jamming about a #Truthbomb app we’re developing. And then zing-zap — the topics collided. Hey… what if … we made …. like, a neon #Truthbomb?!
Habits interview: Ian Ayres.
I’ve followed Ian Ayres’s career with interest for a long time. He’s a professor at Yale Law School, where I went, but he’s also from Kansas City and went to the same high school as I did. We Kansas Citians are always on the watch for our fellow K.C. natives.
I added a little floral design touch to my corridor by painting a “Lack” wall shelf…and since I love to paint on walls, I didn’t stop at the mounting point
Don’t have any talent when it comes to painting? Me neither – but I do have a decent home cinema projector and didn’t shy away from cheating a bit.
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. New company 401(k) question
2. Freezing in plastic
3. Eating cheap on road trip
4. Leasing an electric vehicle
5. Too much money into retirement?
6. Midlife crisis?
7. Pay mortgage or start investing?