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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

How to Find Your True Love

Dating was never easy for me.

The 5 Keys To Setting Goals Like A Champ

We all have goals that we want to achieve in life. A good goal should really ignite a strong desire within you and motivate you to take action.

An Unusual $100,000 Birthday Present (Plus: Free Round-Trip Anywhere in the World)

Turning 38-years young… and still not acting my age. (Photo: Sir Garrett Camp) 38! I’ll turn a glorious 38 soon. It’s going to be a great natal year–I can already feel it. Perhaps it will be good luck for you, too.

Droppar Uplight to Downlight transformation

Materials: Droppar jar (001.125.40) I went to IKEA to find something to use an RGB MR16 low voltage lamp as an uplight which could stand on the floor. - Take a simple round ceiling lamp armature (most of them will do) - Remove the white plastic and the plastic window from the metal cover of the Droppar jar (pliers will do) - The round hole has a perfect size for most MR16 ceiling spots, put the s

5 Great Online Resources For First Time Entrepreneurs

"To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you don’t, you’re going to regret it.” - Catherine Cook I starved my entrepreneurial hunger for years before I ever decided to feed it.

What to do with an unused piano

An Unclutterer reader wrote to us asking a surprisingly common question: I’m currently getting ready to move out of state. I’m retired, and am downsizing everything in my life. I have a piano that my father gave me when I was in high school. He passed away over 20 years ago. I’m moving to a small beach cottage on the Oregon coast.

Two Important Experiments

Let me start this post by telling you about two experiments. The first experiment involved rats. Scientists were given two sets of rats. One set had been “genetically modified” to increase their intelligence.

The risky business of being sincere in business

photo credit: Alyson Strike I just moved the closing date of a major business deal for astrological reasons. Our lawyers had already dealt with a lot of back n’ forthing and a last minute twist/untwist. The finish line was in sight, but I was about to yank it. People might be understandably flummoxed.

“We Don’t Know What it’s Like Not to Travel”: On the Road with Sarah Glashegal and Scott Haywood

This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself.) Sarah and Scott are at an exciting time in their lives: after incorporating regular travel into their routine, they’re now transitioning from a rooted life in America to a more nomadic lifestyle. Here’s their story. Introduce yourselves! I’m Sarah, and my partner is Scott.

Setting Up Contracts for Your Freelance Work

I’m lucky. I’ve been freelancing for ten years, and have never had a client fail to pay, radically change the scope of a project, or otherwise mess me around. But I hear horror stories all the time from fellow freelancers.The antidote to many of these nightmare scenarios is a good contract, but drawing one up isn’t simple.

3 Simple Ways to Change the World for the Better

So you want to change the world. You’re not alone. Deep down, I think most people want to have a positive impact on society and make the world a better place for themselves and others. But it can seem like you need a lot of money to make significant changes, like Bill Gates or Elon Musk. Maybe you think things like, “I could never do that,” or “I’m not good enough.” Good news!

Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair with a Cheap Trofast Storage Hack

Materials: Trofast Storage Box It has been a bit of a losing struggle trying to stay on top of the new found clutter when our home welcomed our first child, Michael. He recently started sitting at the table with us and eating solids, and we soon found that our table was constantly occupied with toys, bibs, and other randomness.

Life after debt – experimenting with financial balance

This article is from returning staff writer Tim Sullivan. I first became part of the Get Rich Slowly community six years ago. I lived in Austin, Texas, at the time and had to travel a lot between jobs. I say that I drove a scooter to save money on gas; but really, it was because I couldn’t afford a reliable car.

25 Books That Will Teach You The Most Powerful Leadership Lessons Ever

  You’ve heard the old saying right? “All great leaders are readers.” … well, it’s true. And I’m reminded of it at least once a week, when I interview an inspiring author, entrepreneur, or thought leader on my show. I ask my guests a series of questions about what contributed to their success and ability to become such great leaders.

To Be More Creative, Schedule Your Work at 80% Capacity

I’m fortunate to work with great partners, including a wonderful design studio right in Southeast Portland called Jolby & Friends. I was recently with the Jolby crew on a site visit, and one of them mentioned something about how they deliberately operate their studio on an “80% capacity” model.