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By Leo Babauta

15 Must Read Lessons from Aristotle

Aristotle was a Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. His writings cover many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, government, ethics, biology, and zoology. He is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy.

The 5 Switches of Manliness: Nature

In this Switches of Manliness series, we’ve been talking about those unique parts of a man’s psyche that have fallen into disuse in the modern world and need to be reactivated.

Review: The New Good Life

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. I really enjoy it when an established author from another field writes a personal finance book because they often bring new perspectives to the table.

4 Ways to Shift From “Hard Work” to “Effortless Creation”

Here’s one way to think about work. Work is hard. It requires effort, discipline, and hours spent straining in front of a computer screen. When you hit a block, you simply need to push harder, think harder, work harder.This is what I like to call the “hard work” model. We live in a world that valorizes this idea of work.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Unitasker Wednesday: The can gripSome weeks, I need to write a great amount of exposition about our featured unitasker because some folks might not be aware of how a product lacks utility.

Previously on Ikeahackers: 25 June - 2 July 2006

Sabrina's bedroom vanity: Love love love the glam of this vanity, with a flood of spotlights to make you feel like a superstar. Laptop stand galore: The first laptop stand hacks which spawned many more. I am still waiting for the deluge of iPad stand hacks. A branchy garden gate: With summer here, you might like to upgrade your garden gate to this woodsy one.

Abundance, Scarcity, and the Idea of Being Rich

Whenever I read or hear things about getting rich, the first thing I always think of is how I don’t really understand what “rich” means. Rich is a nebulous concept that means something different to each of us.

Reader Story: Making Life Transitions Meaningful

This guest post from Laura Mezoff Christy is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure.

Linkswitch #74, Casting Vision, Money Rules, Seamless Workspace

Advertise here with BSA Cast a Vision – and Stick to It One of the most powerful lessons I have learned is to cast a vision and stick to it. This lesson applies to freelance work, but it also applies to life in general. Casting a vision for your career is hard and can take years to fully develop, which requires sticktoitiveness.

Manvotional: The Know-It-All State of Mind

From “New Mexico,” 1928 By DH Lawrence Superficially, the world has become small and known. Poor little globe of earth, the tourists trot round you as easily as they trot round the Bois or round Central Park. There is no mystery left, we’ve been there, we’ve seen it, we know all about it.

Jared Cohen: Don't Pursue Ideas With Obvious Conclusions

The best ideas raise more questions than answers. Google Ideas' Jared Cohen urges us to be intellectually adventurous by pursuing ideas without obvious conclusions.

"Everyone Thinks Himself the Master Pattern of Human Nature..."

"Everyone thinks himself the master pattern of human nature; and by this, as on a touchstone, he tests all others. Behavior that does not square with his is false and artificial. What brutish stupidity!” -- Montaigne * Have I happened to mention that I'm obsessed with the sense of smell? I love visiting Now Smell This and just bought several books recommended from their list.

Handling Clogged Drains Frugally

I’m going to be kind and spare you with pictures in this post. Yes, I took them. No, I don’t really think they’re all that appealing. This past week, I had to clear out two different clogged drains around our home. This surprised me a bit, as I usually try to keep them clear using a few simple techniques (which I’ll mention at the bottom of the post).

Lack LEGO Table

Materials: LACK Side Table Description: My son has been asking for a LEGO table ever since he saw one at his dentist's office. After searching for a reasonably priced LEGO table and not finding one, I decided to make him one myself using an IKEA LACK side table. This hack was very inexpensive, very easy to do and my son loves his new LEGO table!

Why an Abundance Mentality is the Path to Success

“One who asks questions is a fool for 5 minutes, one who does not ask questions remains a fool forever.” – Chinese Proverb I have always been a very competitive person.