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By The FLS Team

So You Want My Job: Martial Artist

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. The martial arts are a manly pursuit as they teach discipline, focus, respect, and self-defense. Mastering a martial art, which requires years of dedication, is even manlier.

Confusion to Clarity in 3 Steps

By Tara Sophia Mohr Time and time again, I’ve watched coaching clients walk into my office stuck, in the fog of confusion about some situation in their lives. They are sure that they don’t know how to move forward, that they don’t know which next step to take. We’ve all been there – in that uncertain, frustrating place.

Jay O'Callahan: The Power of Storytelling

“Stories are people, place, and trouble,” says veteran storyteller Jay O'Callahan. Describing NASA's first moon landing, O'Callahan shows how stories can free our minds and our imagination.

What You’re Buying When You Go to a Store

Why do you shop at your preferred grocery store? Think about it for a minute. What reasons do you have for shopping at one store over another? Is it purely the prices? What about the location – is it because it’s close to your home? Cleanliness (like my Aldi story a while back)? Store organization? Convenience? Shopper rewards programs? How they treat their employees?

5 Ways to Help Your Clients Network

Another great thing about being a freelancer is the number and diversity of clients you can have.  By introducing them to each other, you are creating valuable connections that will likely result in more work for you.  If you can help your clients be successful, it’s almost a sure bet that you will benefit, too. Here are 5 ways to introduce clients to each other: Drink More – Ok, maybe not

Eight Pieces of Advice from My Sister, the Sage.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 8 pieces of advice from my sister, the sage. My sister Elizabeth Craft is a sage. Every time I talk to her, I keep a pen and paper handy so I can write down her words of wisdom. I quote her constantly.

Check-in, Chicken

Good practice - each morning, answer to team, what are you up to, and what are you afraid of?

The link between personal responsibility and an uncluttered life

Yes, it's your fault. Owning up to your clutter is the first step to changing it.

Readitfor.me Trailer: Making Ideas Happen

"Making Ideas Happen" summed up by one inspired reader via an animated YouTube clip with a banjo.

Unitasker Wednesday: Sunpentown SD-1501 Warm-Air Dish Dryer

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Cotton, staple fiber, dies at home Cotton, one of the world’s most natural and soft fibers, has passed after a long battle with technology.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Organizing for convenienceWhen putting items away in cupboards, closets, drawers, or cabinets, it’s best to put those things that you use the most often in the easiest places to reach. The other pileThe other pile might be things you wish to sell, give away to someone, return to the people who loaned them to you, or have repaired.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Kids of Carcassonne Edition

My four year old son and three year old daughter have been playing the board game Kids of Carcassonne almost constantly the last several days.

Chris and the Nonconformist, Zillion-Sum Mystery Tour

Last night, I had the great pleasure of helping my friend, Chris Guillebeau, launch his new book, The Art of Nonconformity with a standing-room only event in NYC. It was the first stop in a more than 60 location, 4-month North American Unconventional Book Tour. For those who don’t know Chris, he shot to internet stardom about a year ago when, after a relatively short time blogging about his

Benefits of Business Networking

Freelancing can get quite lonely and you may feel rather disconnected from the outside world. While many advocate working in an environment filled with others (such as your local Starbucks), the fact remains that you just don’t get the same benefits of being able to bounce ideas off of colleagues.

Craigslist Negotiating Secrets

Depending on your point of view, Craigslist is a cesspool of junk or a treasure trove of riches. CraigsList can offer some great deals if you know how to negotiate effectively. I’ve been compiling a list of best practices to help buyers get the best deal from Craigslist purchases.