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By Brett Kelly

Meet Alexis Neely: Bohemian Entrepreneur Savant

This post is the second in my month-long series, introducing you to a small gathering of what I call BS-Free Business and Lifestyle Mastery Guides, designed to help kick off the year not just with ideas and dopey resolutions that always evaporate with time, but with insights, access and the opportunity for action.I personally know and trust this very short list of serious thinkers, actors and

Effective action: Advice from Machiavelli

Niccolo Machiavelli was an Italian diplomat and writer. He lived in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, a time when Italy consisted of a large number of independent cities, all in a virtually perpetual state of war. As Machiavelli navigated through this complex and dangerous environment, he learned the skills needed to survive and thrive.

What’s a Credit Score? An Intro to Credit Reports and Credit Scores

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. A good friend of mine recently asked me what a credit report is and how he could get his hands on his. My friend has a PhD. He’s a smart guy, and generally savvy about life.

A Practical Guide To Meditation

In this article I’m going to show you the way I learned to meditate, based on research and the teachings of different gurus. Meditation is a pretty common subject these days As with many things that fall into popular use, its true meaning and purpose can become distorted.

iPod Giveaway

We haven’t given anything away for awhile, so I thought it is about time we did another contest.

Email Etiquette for the Super-Busy

It's time to take a leaner, meaner approach to email. We lay out 10 simple tips for making email more efficient, and more actionable.

"If You Think About Yourself, That Very Fact Changes You."

“If you look at a thing, the very fact of your looking changes it…if you think about yourself, that very fact changes you.” -- Robert Penn Warren * A challenge for people who, like me, love to read is figuring out what books to read next. So many books, so little time! I was very happy to discover the New York Journal of Books -- an online resource of book reviews.

Review: Lighten Up

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. No, this isn’t a weight loss book.

Linkswitch #51: Free Services & Web Design Trends

Creative Use Of Video in Web Design: Background Videos Since its early days, video has been one of the most powerful and efficient tools of visual communication. It is able to deliver a direct and clear message to a broad audience as well as focus viewers on something particular.

Shawn Blanc on Randy Murray’s Simple Productivity Task Of The Day: Create A To-Do List For Others

Some tasks you just shouldn’t be doing yourself, even if you could do it better and faster yourself. By avoiding delegation you are piling up work for yourself that may not be the best use of your time. As a boss you’re the only person who can do Task A. Yet you’re spending your time on Tasks B, C, and D because you’ve decided you can do them quicker than someone else.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Unitasker Wednesday: Chair socksLook at these cute socks. Oh, wait. You’re saying they’re not socks I can wear? They’re socks for my chairs? James Jamerson’s Uncluttered Bass RigI’ve written before about my constant battle with an affliction called Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS).

Who Is Your Real Boss? Some Perspectives on Career Success

Let’s get this straight right out of the chute: your real boss is you. “Yeah, right,” you might be saying to yourself. “Easy for you to say. You’re self-employed.

Reader Story: How Our Simple, No-Category, Mostly-Cash Budget Accidentally Paid Off the Car

This guest post from Heather 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. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

The Perfect Posterior: Kettlebell Swings and Cheap Alternatives

Tracy: 100+ lbs. lost with 2-3 sessions per week. In The 4-Hour Body, I profiled Tracy R., a mother of two who lost more than 100 pounds. The secret wasn’t marathon aerobics sessions, nor was it severe caloric restriction. It was the Russian kettlebell swing, twice a week for an average of 15–20 minutes.

Are These 5 Common Mistakes Keeping You From Being A Good Listener?

“To listen well, is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well, and it is as essential to all true conversation.” ~ Chinese Proverb Listening is the most important part of a true connection in conversation. When we listen, we gain knowledge and understanding about people and circumstances.