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By John Wesley

Leadership Lessons from Ernest Shackleton

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Switching Jobs / Switching Careers

About three years ago, I essentially switched careers. When I look back on that decision now, what I see is that I loved my job, but I hated big aspects of my career, at least in the direction it was headed. I spent more time than I would like away from my family on trips that felt unimportant.

Moppe goes into woods

Materials: Moppe mini chest, wallpaper, skirting Description: My old Moppe mini chest looked to boring and I wanted it to fit in our bedroom. I already made our bedside tables (boxes). I first dressed it in wallpaper and was content with it but then I thought something is missing so I added the skirting. See more of the Moppe mini chest. ~ Helene Langborg, Sweden

Three concepts to keep in mind when processing sentimental objects

Sentimental clutter can be some of the hardest clutter to address in our homes.

Four Simple Fitness Fundamentals

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chris of Zen to Fitness. Health and Fitness have always been meaningful to me as I work in the industry and have always been fascinated by the topic.

(un)Lack of height

Materials: Lack Table (2) + Alkov Basket + Superglue Description: The Lack series table; we've all seen it and most of us used it at some point in our first place. Afterall, they're only $10! To me, however, they have two issues; they're low to the ground and have no storage. If you're tall and your home has limited closets, this is a lose-lose combo.

The Ten Evils (Part Two)

This was originally one exceptionally long post. I chose to split it into five pieces for readability purposes.

Be a Tourist in Your Own City.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Creativity, and last week’s resolution was to Make something by hand. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

Galant Megadesk

Materials: Galant tabletops, Galant frames, A legs, T legs, Capita legs, Signum wire management Description: I made this desk quite some time ago, so I may forget to mention a few steps. I think this is a creative way of putting together a desk as large as you need/want with an elegant shelf. I have built or assisted with 4 similar desks of varying size. This one is (by far) the biggest.

Target Markets for Business Ghostwriters

Credit: Cesar Bojorquez on Flickr While many business rely on hired writers to generate content, whether marketing material or documentation or training guides, “ghostwriting” business communications is a somewhat more rarefied skill.

How to Save on Your Cell Phone Plan with Secret No-Contract Deals

This is a guest post from social-media maven Laura Roeder. Laura first told me this story in January, and I used it as the basis for one of my columns for Entrepreneur magazine. Over lunch recently, she offered to write a guest post about her experience. I told her I’d be glad to share it. Secret phone plans? No contracts? Unadvertised payment plans with no interest?

Is Willpower Alone Working For You? If Not, Read This

How often have you tried to achieve a goal that requires a lot of willpower?How often have you failed?So many goals can feel almost impossible, because they need a constant commitment to changing our usual ways.

What Betty Ford Knew About Being Fearless That You Don’t

The world lost a great person when Betty Ford passed away three weeks ago at the age of 93. Betty Ford was a courageous person who set a remarkably potent precedent for us all, especially when it comes to living a life without fear while keeping true to your core values. The Truth is Powerful and Liberating It’s easy to forget it in our current culture where we exchange minutia at the speed of

Guess: What Arguably Trivial Habit Gives a Giant Boost of Happiness?

Is it...getting enough sleep? Yes, but that's not what I'm thinking of. Is it...getting some exercise? Yes, but that's not what I'm thinking of. Give up? It's....putting things away in the proper place! Zoikes, this (admittedly fairly insignificant) habit gives a disproportionate boost of happiness.

The Ten Evils (Part One)

This was originally one exceptionally long post. I chose to split it into five pieces for readability purposes. I’ll post a segment each day this week. Recently, I was leafing through a book at the library discussing Japanese martial arts (I believe it was Budo Secrets) when I came upon a sidebar that listed the ten evils that prevent people from improving themselves.