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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

Life’s missing white space

‘Space is the breath of art.’ ~Frank Lloyd Wright Post written by Leo Babauta.

Assorted links for September 16, 2010

A handful of interesting links related to uncluttering, organizing, and simple living from this week’s news: From today’s New York Times, “When Possessions Lead to Paralysis” about how the elderly can be prevented from taking care of themselves because they’re overwhelmed by their stuff. Jamie Lee Curtis shares her organizing and simple living tips in “Jamie Le

“What’s On Your Mind, Dear?”

It turns out I can be a little spacey. My wife often asks “what’s on your mind?” as I’m staring blankly at the ceiling. (I’ve gotten so bad lately that I can be in mid-sentence and just trail off.

Happiness Interview with Bob Sutton

"Be yourself, but keep your inner jerk in check," says work blogger and author Bob Sutton.

Graph Your Inbox: Analytics for Gmail

Ever wonder how much email you've received from a particular person, or about a particular topic, over time?

The art market: Hands up for Hirst

Fascinating profile of the Damien Hirst market: deflated after his mega-auction, with many collectors burned.

Reader Mailbag: Emotional Control

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. Costs of going to seminary 2. Is vehicle trade worth it? 3. Are we doing okay? 4. Roth IRA versus Roth 401(k) 5. Dealing with an overzealous client 6. Best “safe” option for money 7.

Use one-sentence purpose statements to be more productive in your communications

Before you pick up the phone, schedule a meeting, or construct an e-mail, you should be able to express the reason for the communication with a one-sentence purpose statement.

10 Ways To Earn the Respect of Others

Have you ever met someone who was rude to you and didn't hold you with much regard? How did you feel? Did you feel annoyed? Peeved?If you are a self respecting individual, chances are you want others to treat you with respect. And you know what, age isn't a prerequisite nor is it a magic key to gaining respect. I've seen plenty of people who are young be highly respected from their elders.

The Best Books for Freelance Bloggers

Blogging for hire has been a subset of freelance writing, but there are many freelance bloggers who take on projects very different from what a freelance writer might take on. That means that the books a freelance blogger should read aren’t necessarily the same ones as a freelance writer.

How Much is Enough? On Average, About $75,000 Per Year

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 few weeks ago I wrote about how money really can buy happiness — if you spend it right. A bigs-creen TV isn’t a ticket to happiness, but a vacation might be.

"Owning Up to Our Choices Ultimately Makes Us Happier; If We Don’t Like our Choices, We Can Change Them. "

Happiness interview: Laura Vanderkam. My favorite part of BlogHer, the blogging conference, was getting to meet so many people -- and so many people whose work I admire. I loved Laura Vanderkam's book, 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, so I was particularly happy to meet her. In 168 Hours, Laura argues that we have more time than we think.

7 Must Read Success Lessons from Stephen Covey

Stephen R. Covey is the author of the best-selling book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” His book has sold more than 15 million copies around the world since it was first published in 1989. Covey believes that success occurs when you align your values with the universal and timeless principles that exist in our world.

Happiness Interview with Bob Sutton

"Be yourself, but keep your inner jerk in check," says work blogger and author Bob Sutton.

Calling Cards Fit for a Gentleman: Art of Manliness Calling Cards and Giveaway

A couple of years ago we wrote an article on the gentleman’s guide to the calling card. It’s one of our most popular posts on the site, and we often get emails from readers inquiring where they can get a set of manly looking calling cards. We toyed with the idea of creating our own set of AoM-themed calling cards for awhile but never really took action on it.