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By Brett Kelly

Watch the CBS Sunday Morning Segment on Happiness.

Last week, CBS Sunday Morning did a segment on happiness -- and included me! It was a lot of fun.

Why Goal Setting Is A Complete Waste Of Time (unless you do this)

“Goals” are like “New Year’s resolutions”…frequently made but rarely accomplished. If you struggle to achieve your goals, my good friend Bill Bartmann, the author of “Bailout Riches” and once named by Inc.

99% Conference 2011: Key Insights on Idea Execution (Pt. II)

How building trust helps us take more risks, why being called "crazy" is really a compliment, and how to lead with possibility.

7 Simple Tips That Will Turn You Into a Powerful Leader

You don't have to be in a position of authority to be a leader. Conversely, just because you have authority doesn't mean that people will follow you. You must be a leader to get others to follow you.There are many books on leadership. They can have lots of great examples and in-depth explanations, but sometimes you just need something simple to help you focus on the essentials.

Follow-Up: Mason Shoe Company

I get a lot of requests for follow-ups to reader stories and reader questions. People want to hear how things turned out. Because I want to know how things turned out, too, I’ve started a semi-regular feature at Get Rich Slowly. Whenever I hear back from a previous poster, I’ll share an update so that we can all know what happened. Last October, I shared a comic book ad from 1956.

The Technique

How do you cook pasta? I’m willing to bet there are a least a couple simple things you can do to make better pasta faster with fewer dishes to clean. How do you fold a t-shirt? It seems really straightforward and routine, but most likely, you’re folding it inefficiently and there’s a more efficient way of doing it. How do you chop an onion?

Home Office Underbelly

Materials: Galant Desk, Ikea File Cabinet, Rubbermaid Description: Basically, install Rubbermaid home items at time of desk setup, trial and error follows to put everything on the underbelly or lifted from the floor that does not need to be on the desktop. Make it functional. I was motivated by sites like these but I could not find enough ideas.

Steel Me - pendant luminaire

Materials: 2 BLANDA BLANK (36cm), 2 BASISK Description: My friend Rebecca needed 2 pendant luminaires for her brand new supermodern kitchen. I decided to try to make my first Ikea hack! So I bought 2 big BLANDA BLANK steel salad bowls 2 BASISK simple pendant element Utensils: a drill 1. I made many holes in the steel bowl, to have the "sea (gulls)" effect on the walls of the room 2.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #19

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Barbara Kingsolver on community This is an extended bit from a speech by the author Barbara Kingsolver in 2008: This is an ancient human social construct that once was common in this land. We called it a community.

Malm + Bastis = Baby Dresser

Materials: Ikea Bastis, Ikea Malm Description: We mounted a Dog Bed called Bastis (not available anymore) on to a Malm commode to get a Baby Dresser for our 2 Children. For a little Space between the Dog Bed and the commode we took some curtain rings. ~ Anke, Germany

"Where Thou Art--That--Is Home--"

Where Thou art — that — is Home — -- Emily Dickinson * I always enjoy a visit to The Simple Dollar -- "financial talk for the rest of us." It's about much more than just personal finance. * Sometimes people ask me to contribute a copy of The Happiness Project for auctions or benefits for non-profit organizations, and I'm very happy to do that.

How Cee Lo Green Taught Me to Achieve

I’ve got to make a confession. On November 9, 2010, my life changed. You see I was minding my own business, watching the Colbert Report, and saw Cee Lo Green pick up the microphone to finish the show by singing his hit single “Forget You” (aka “[expletive deleted] You”).Since that day, that song has been playing in my head non-stop…for almost 6 months now.

99% Conference 2011: Key Insights on Idea Execution (Pt. III)

Why we should get creative with our business models, how fear can be a great motivator, and why we should be sprinters (not marathon runners).

A Sick Child or a Mountain of Money

My children have been sick for most of the week, so I’ve been sticking to old reliable meals that I can make with my eyes closed rather than being adventurous. That means no new “Dinner with My Family” post this week. Tune in next week for a new one, though! A few days ago, my two oldest children were extremely ill.

How to Shoot a Rifle

From some men, learning how to properly and safely fire a rifle is a skill they picked up when they were just knee high to a grasshopper. These guys probably got a .22 for their 12th birthday and spent summers in the woods plinking tin cans and squirrels and autumns hunting deer with their dads and grandpas. Me?