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By Mark Shead

10 Amazing Success Lessons from Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is a former American professional basketball player, active businessman, and majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, National Basketball Association (NBA) team. Jordan was extremely instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. His biography on the NBA website states, “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all tim

Training Muay Thai in Thailand: What You Need to Know

Last week we talked about the history of Muay Thai, and I described my experience watching a fight at Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok.

What Resolution Has Made the Biggest Difference in Your Happiness?

I have a question for you. On my book video (see below), I list many of my favorite resolutions. I'm planning to do a companion version of the video that instead lists other people's favorite resolutions, so I'd love to know what resolutions you've made, at some point during your life, that have made the biggest difference to you.

10 More Essential Skills You Didn’t Learn in College

I thoroughly enjoyed this recent WIRED article entitled 7 Essential Skills You Didn’t Learn in College.

Workspace Plus Storage

Materials: 3 x VIKA AMON tabletop - 78", 3 x EXPEDIT shelves - 2x4, flat braces, drawer pull, 10x1 board, white paint Description: Our spare bedroom serves so many purposes - home office, sewing/knitting/craft room, guest room - too many to name. And until recently, it was also a catch-all for furniture that didn't fit anywhere else in the house.

Mini-hutch for desk

Materials: Ikea CD holders (discontinued) Description: I got these second-hand from a friend years ago. Since we stopped buying CDs we had no more need for them. Another problem is that we had them stored for almost two years, wrapped in adhesive tape, and they got some permanent marks on them. I pried off the two bars on top for stacking the boxes and installed them inside.

Simple, utilitarian, uncluttered cooking ideas

I have two sides to my cooking repertoire. You probably do, too. I refer to one side as Chef and the other side as Cook. Chef needs time and preparation and a bit of skill. Chef appears for dinner parties and special occasions and on nights when I have time to dally in the kitchen. Chef is adventurous and interested in trying new things.

Reader Mailbag: New Format

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. Extra mortgage while underwater 2. Homemade pet food 3. How does a mortgage work? 4. Thoughts on franchising 5. The future of Berkshire Hathaway 6. Writing about an employer 7.

Resources for Traveling Freelancers #1: A Place to Call Home Base

Photo credit: Foxtongue@Flickr I did my first trip as a traveling freelancer in June and July, spending 35 days traveling around Spain and Portugal.  The traveling part was great but the freelancing part was much, much harder than I thought.  I had read plenty of articles about freelancing while traveling but being on the road is a whole different thing.  And so I’ve put together some resour

Expedit entertainment center with a colorful twist

Materials: Expedit 4x2 bookcase, Lack wall shelf, 4 capita legs, Annamoa fabric, 2 Kassett boxes, 4 dowel rods, fabric tape Description: This is a combination of previously seen hacks with a twist. We went with the standard Expedit bookcase turned on its side, with a Lack wall shelf on top supported by Capita legs. We added two Kassett boxes to store the Wii and XBox360 games and controllers.

On the Forums: Justifying purchases, staircase storage, and survivalists

Some great discussions are currently underway on the Unclutterer Forums: Can you justify your last purchase? Staircase Storage… Extreme Minimalism: SURVIVALISTS Be sure to check it out and add your thoughts to the mix.

Using Consumerism for Social Good

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. When I shampoo my hair, I’m helping buy bicycles for girls in Togo to get to school. According to UNICEF, in Togo, a small nation in West Africa, about half of the women 15-24 years old can’t read or write, and the numbers are higher for those in rural areas where there’s no access to transportation.

How to Find More Time For Yourself

I won’t remind you that airlines tell you to fit your oxygen mask before helping others. You already know that, and you know how the analogy goes.

Have a Good Eye for Ads? Try the (Lucrative) 4-Hour Body Experiment…

(Image: X-ray Delta One) Some of you have no doubt noticed that I’ve been experimenting with advertising for several months, whether at the top-right, through skyscrapers in the sidebar, or even under posts on a rare occasion. It’s been a learning experience. Sometimes, it doesn’t turn out totally awesome. Case in point: I think I can do better.

Minimalism Begets Manliness

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Gianpaolo Pietri. Some of the most influential men in our collective history subscribed to a philosophy of minimalism. The greatest thinkers and doers of our civilization intuitively grasped the incredible benefits of keeping things simple.