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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

Do you know your ABC’s? How to Control Negative Self-Talk

Everyone has an inner dialogue that runs day and night signaling what to do, what to say, and how to feel.

Framed Ikea magnetic Spontan board make over

Materials: Spontan Magnetic Board, Molding, Fabric, Stencil, Paint Description: Knowing my quick boredom with decor, I usually try to pre-plan how easy it would be to switch things up when creating most of my projects; it's one of the perks of DIY creations. I originally posted this Ikea memo board make over back in February; just a little update to a pre-purchased piece.

Mastering Man Food: How to Cook Bacon Properly

“I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.” -Thomas Jefferson Ahhhh bacon, that most wonderful of man foods. There is just something about bacon that men love.

Pay Cash or Not? Cash Flow Versus Liquidity

Let’s say, hypothetically, I have $50,000 in cash just sitting in my savings account. I need to replace my car and I’ve decided on a model that costs $20,000.

Giving Away Branded Merchandise

I’ve been considering a few different traditional marketing methods for my company and clients.  One of the concepts is built around branded merchandise, and I’m curious if any other freelancers think that this is an effective way to promote your business. I love free merchandise.  If I have 50 pens, and you offer me a free one, I’m going to say “yes please!”  My concern is that once

Letter From The Editor: We’re Still Beautiful on the Inside…

…but thanks to you, we’re now a little prettier on the outside, too. Wanted to thank you again for all of the notes and comments on our 2 design choices a couple of weeks back and hope you like the final product! Coming up we will still have all the great content you’ve come to expect from us along with a new newsletter program and more… So stay tuned…

A Modest Proposal For Publishers and Authors

The publishing world is in mass-flux. I don’t know where it’ll end up. Nobody does. But, I do know, as I sit and write this, that the other side of upheaval is opportunity.

Resources for fall

It’s starting to get chilly, and I can’t stop thinking about fall. As the cooler weather moves in, here are a handful of resources to keep you organized as you say farewell to the warmer months. My Fall Cleaning Guides for RealSimple.com: Systems and Room-by-room. Suffer from fall allergies?

The myth of preparation

Seth Godin: "Being a novice is way overrated."

John Waters, Role Models

I should never have gone to school after 5th grade." Great interview with John Waters on life & his new memoir.

De-Cluttering Your Organization

Why is it so hard for people and organizations to throw things out?

Pablo Picasso Paints Fakes? -- A Koan about Creativity.

Over the weekend, I was reading Arthur Koestler's book, The Act of Creation, and I was struck by the koan-like quality of the following story, which Koestler says is true: An art dealer (this story is authentic) bought a canvas signed "Picasso" and travelled all the way to Cannes to discover whether it was genuine. Picasso was working in his studio.

Reader Mailbag: Long Hair, Short Hair

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. Single mom, crazy life 2. Debt payoff or Roth IRA? 3. Pay cash for car? 4. 401(k) or IRA rollover? 5. Cut Roth contributions to travel? 6. Switch to HSA? 7. Watching sports without cable/satellite 8.

Make your Mondays (a little) more remarkable

It’s Monday, and a week’s worth of possibilities are in front of you.

The Moment You Speak To The World, You Speak to No One

Why would you target a microcosm, when the world is your market? Oy, I’ve heard this so many times from small-business owners and bloggers.