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By Leo Babauta

Creativity Reloaded: Why You Should Try New Creative Activities

How do you build new creative muscles? I’m not talking about flexing the ones you already have, be they writing, graphic design, web development, or illustration. I’m talking instead of completely new creative activities. Why? They’ll help you be a stronger creative person. And that’s good for you and your day job. Lessons Learned For example, I’m a writer who just started sewing.

55 Quotes To Inspire Creativity, Innovation and Action

“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death.

The High Cost of Modern Living

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service.

9 Powerful Life Lessons from Confucius

Confucius was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher. Confucius’ philosophy focused on issues of morality, both from a personal as well as a governmental perspective. Confucius taught concerning the correctness of social relationships, justice and equality.

Don’t Be That Guy: The Taxonomy of Lousy Male Friends

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Steve Kamb. We all know “That Guy,” and we all have at least one in our group of friends. He’s the one scalawag who is generally pleasant to hang out with except for one glaringly painful characteristic.  Although there are different species of That Guy, some far more deplorable than others, they all have one thing in common: they

100 Writing Mistakes To Avoid: eBook Review

Have you ever met a person who was kicked out of a high school English class for sarcastic remarks during grammar lessons? Well, now you have. I was never a big fan of grammar; in fact, I was pretty much its worst enemy. Fast forward to today, and in a strange twist of irony, I find myself writing for a living.

From Blog to Book: Why I Wrote Your Money: The Missing Manual

Earlier today, Trent at The Simple Dollar explored the question, “Why would a blogger write a personal-finance book?” Trent does a good job of covering some of the reasons a blogger might write a book: to reach a different audience, to expand on topics, and so on. I agree with him. I especially agree that writing a book is no way to get rich — slowly or otherwise.

The Family That Saves Together

My four year old son thinks that the way you get a new video game is by trading for it at the used video game store. At dinner time, they both eat exactly what their parents eat – and that’s considered normal, as opposed to making them a special kid-friendly meal that racks up the extra food dollars. My two year old daughter thinks that the best way to get a new book to read is to go t

7 Simple Ways To Say “No”

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Celestine Chua of The Personal Excellence Blog. Do you have difficulty saying “no”? Are you always trying to be nice to others at the expense of yourself? Well, you’re not alone.

Make Your Own Statutory Holiday

As some of you might have noticed, I am Canadian.  It’s apparent in some of my writing – color/colour, humor/humour, affluent/effluent – but for the most part, it really doesn’t matter. This past Monday was a statutory holiday in my province (that’s Canadian for state), but because I have many American clients, it wasn’t much different than any other Monday.  The kicker – the

Other Side of Productivity

Occasionally I’ll get some criticism that I’m too focused on productivity. People say that I need to lighten up, etc.  The problem is that on this site we focus on productivity–not on what to do with the free time that being productive buys you.

Background Music Can Impair Performance, Cites New Study

Bad news for music lovers - for productivity, better to listen to music before a task, but not during.

Copy Editing at The New Yorker with Mary Norris

For editing nerds: Behind the scenes at the New Yorker editorial desk.

The Event Formula

Too many networking events, not enough time. Which to attend? GOOD put together this formula for narrowing it down.

Many paths can lead to the same, remarkable goal

I’m rereading Colin Beavan’s No Impact Man right now. I mentioned it in the “Ask Unclutterer: Best methods for recycling” post a couple weeks ago, and decided to reread it when I saw it on my bookshelves a few days later.