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Success From the Nest

By Tony Clark

15 Deal Breakers to Avoid When Pitching an Idea

You’ve finally gotten a meeting with the people who can turn your dream into a reality. You can’t wait to walk into that room and sell them your idea. You’ve read up on the first part of this two-part series which covered the nuts and bolts of making a pitch, and you feel pretty prepared. Awesome.

Lillberg Loveseat To Toddler Bed

Materials: Lillberg loveseat frame, Japanese saw, sandpaper, sander, nail gun, circular saw Description: * Used a Japanese saw to saw off back two wooden pegs (dowels) that hold up the backrest. * Fastened the frame to the base with a nail gun. * Used a circular saw and hand saw and sawed off the armrests. * Smooth edges with a sander.

Old wood Expedit box

Materials: Expedit, old wood Description: I designed this box for the Expedit bookcase. The sides and bottom of the box is made of MDF. The old wood had been used as a front. A nice IKEA doorknob serves as a handle. A practical box with lots of storage. Very quick and easy to make! See more of the Expedit box. ~ Trudie, Holland

One Question That Will Change Your Life Forever

Did you know that, barring some radical scientific advancement, you and everyone you know will be gone in 100 years? All of that hard work and perseverance disappears, just like that.

Reader Mailbag: A Weekend Away

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. Building credit 2. Commuting car for grad school 3. Favorite biographies 4. Moving back to big city? 5. 401(k) rollover or not? 6. Follow-up to Ticket to Ride 7. Homemade bug spray for gardens 8.

Career Moves: How to Win the Office Politics Game (Part One)

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. “Office politics” is one of those phrases that used to make me groan. I worked in an office from the time I was a freshman in college until I quit my job last year, and let me tell you, I had my fill.

Stainless Steel coffee table

Materials: VIKA HYTTAN table top and LACK side table Description: 1. Assemble Lack side table with casters. 2. Lay Vika Hyttan table face down. 3. Using a pencil and measuring tape, identify the area where the Lack side table is to be mounted with L brackets. 4. Place the L brackets in their proposed locations and drill the pilot holes with a power drill.

How to Simplify Self Improvement

“10 Tips to Increase Your Motivation!” “8 Ways to Maximize Your Productivity!” “32 Secrets for Being the Best Person Ever!” Self-improvement advice is everywhere.

The Four Archetypes of the Mature Masculine: The Warrior

This is the fourth part of a series on the archetypes of mature masculinity based on the book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading the introduction to the series first.

The Future of Self-Improvement: Grit Is More Important Than Talent

What if long-term success doesn't really have that much to do with your "potential"? A look at recent research that debunks talent in favor of true grit.

The Future of Self-Improvement, Part I: Grit Is More Important Than Talent

What if long-term success doesn't really have that much to do with your "potential"? A look at recent research that debunks talent in favor of true grit.

Review: Willpower

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. One of the biggest keys to personal success is found in the title of this book. Willpower.

Making a Virserum look expensive

Materials: Virserum frame, wood molding, glue, tape, fabric, ribbon, paint Description: First, you start with an Ikea Virserum Measure the width of the top profile to decide how much of a reveal you want for your trim Test the trim to confirm that you LOVE it!

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Unitasker Wednesday: Asparagus PeelerThe Orka Asparagus Peeler is for all those times you peel your asparagus, which, at least for me, is never. Unclutter your wallet by keeping a second wallet in your glove boxTo avoid the symptom’s of “Costanza wallet,” keep a second wallet for loyalty cards in the glove box of your car. 2009 Unitasker Wednesday: Chef’n Garlic Zoo