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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Taking Out The Thrash

Part of growing and evolving is intentionally testing the boundaries of an experience that’s perceived outwardly as success, but that’s begun to feel inwardly complacent. Doing that means taking a risk, both in ego and ease. It means going from being on top of your game (or, at least the perception) to potentially stumbling, falling down, not knowing which way is up. Thing is, if you n

Lack Scrabble table

Materials: Lack coffee table Description: I had read guides on how to do this on a few websites, but the laminate surface of the Lack table made a mess of their recommendations. Fortunately my brother is a tile and granite mason. Here's what you'll need: 1. Lack coffee table 2. 1000 Scrabble tiles 3. Tile adhesive (bucket) 4. Notched trowel 5. Urethane 6. Paint brush (minimum 4") 7.

How to Replace Six Vital Documents

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Could you produce your birth certificate, car title, or an old tax return at a moment’s notice? You’re supposed to store vital documents in a fireproof box or keep them in a safe-deposit box, but how many of us actually do that? We may not need these papers often, but when we do need them, we really need them.

3 Advantages of Constructive Criticism

Let’s face it. Criticism has become a dirty word. Pick up any thesaurus and you’ll find “criticism” in the company of “nit-picking, objection, disapproval, and objection.” The truth is criticism doesn’t have to be a dirty word. In a broader context, criticism is an assessment, review or observation that can even be in the form of appreciation.

Frans Johansson: The Secret Truth About Executing Great Ideas

About this presentationIn this high-energy talk, Frans Johansson illustrates how relentless trial-and-error – coming up with an idea, executing it on a small scale, and then refining it – is THE distinguishing characteristic of the greatest artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs. Why? Because humans are not very good at predicting which ideas are going to be a success.

3 Archetypes of American Manliness-Part I: The Genteel Patriarch

Since starting the Art of Manliness, I’ve read a lot about the history of masculinity across different cultures and time periods. One of the best books I’ve read on the history of manliness in the US is Michael Kimmel’s Manhood in America: A Cultural History (although my feelings on the conclusions he draws from that history are another story).

Frans Johansson: The Secret Truth About Executing Great Ideas

Actions DO speak louder than words (or tactics, or strategic planning). Frans Johansson illustrates why groundbreaking innovators generate and execute far more ideas than their counterparts.

Review: The Art of Barter

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. A while back, I wrote a post called “Askers, Guessers, and Personal Finance” that proposed that bartering and negotiation are much easier for some people than for others, depending on their personality and the culture in which they were raised.

"The Shorter My Possession of Life, the Deeper and Fuller I Must Make It."

“It needs good management to enjoy life.

The Largest Cause of Your Insecurity

I used to live my whole life without a clear sense of direction.Everything was being paid for by my parents. The threat of getting murdered or ending up homeless couldn't put a dent in the confidence that my mother and father would always be there to protect me.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Nesting cookware for campingI want to introduce you to the MSR Flex 4 System Cookset. Unitasker Wednesday: Lem-O SaverSo you have a lemon, and you only want to use half of it? Wow.

Five Thoughts about Making College Great

Tomorrow, several people that matter a lot to me are starting their college experience. Here are fifteen things I’d like to suggest to them that they’re probably not hearing from anyone else who has been giving them advice on college over the past three months. You don’t have to know what you want to do right now.

Linkswitch #32: Productivity, Elevator Speech, Contracts

How to Stay Productive When the Internet Is Down The Internet went down this morning at the home office. If I were in a deadline situation, I would have packed the laptop into the car and headed for the nearest caffeinated wifi hot spot.

Reader Story: I Paid for Graduate School by Renting out Rooms

This guest post from Mike Choi 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. Almost two years ago, J.D.

Why “Time Management” Doesn’t Work—And What You Can Do About It

Ever wonder why some people complete in hours tasks that others drag out over days? Or why busy people seem to volunteer most, yet accomplish far more than their leisure-blessed counterparts? Many believe the answer lies in “time management.” What nonsense! I’ve tried to manage time. Once I decided to put the fourth of July into May. Didn’t work.