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By Mark Shead

David vs Goliath: Why Small Businesses Exceed Expectations

Small IS beautiful. We take a look at the unique advantages of small businesses, and provide some thoughts on how we can keep our creative edge.

"Wherever I Am in the World, All I Need Is the Smell of Eucalyptus to Recover That Lost World..."

“Wherever I am in the world, all I need is the smell of eucalyptus to recover that lost world of Adrogue, which today no doubt exists only in my memory.” -- Jorge Luis Borges Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the power of the senses, especially the sense of smell, in shaping our experiences and emotions. * Join the conversation about happiness on the Facebook Page.

Review: The Drunkard’s Walk

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. One of the key points in my book The Simple Dollar is that our lives are far more random than we think and that we compensate for that randomness in the wrong way. We should spend less, not more. We should save up money so we’re not at risk from the many things that can happen.

How To Stop Focusing On People & Focus On Issues (It’s Easy If You Do This)

If changing who you are is easy, we’d all be doing it, right? So, when a problem arises, why is our first reaction to focus on how the person involved needs to change?

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 The reasons for lists Italian author Umberto Eco was interviewed last week by the German publication Spiegel. The interview ‘We Like Lists Because We Don’t Want to Die’ discusses Eco’s recent involvement with curating an exhibition at the Louvre in Paris.

Will You Regret This When You're 80?

There are so many things I want to do in the short time I'm here. Some of these things scare me, some will challenge me and others are just plain fun.Unfortunately, life is very short and the older I get the quicker time seems to pass. I'm quickly realizing that I probably won't fit everything in. So how do I choose?

What’s Next? Thinking About the Future

This weekend, I did one of my “big life reviews” that I do about three or four times a year. During these (as I’ve been discussing during the “Making It All Work” series), I sit down for a few hours and take stock of everything going on in my life. What do I want to do with my life? Where am I going to be in five years? How does it all fit together?

Linkswitch #44: Typography, Saying No, Social Influence

Web Typography: Educational Resources, Tools and Techniques Web typography has evolved a lot over the last years. Today we see rich, accessible typography, a plethora of type design choices for the web and a number of remarkable, type-based web designs. It’s a great time for web design, and it’s a great time for web typography.

Reader Story: Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Christmas (and Beyond!)

This guest post from Shelley Turner 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. They’re coming!

Manvotional: A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A Psalm of Life By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow What the heart of the young man said to the psalmist Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream!

Getting Creative Things Done: How To Fit Hard Thinking Into a Busy Schedule

Is your creativity at war with your to-do list? Meet GTCD, a simple system for balancing meaningful creative work with mundane logistical work (e.g. email, meetings, etc).


The clock is ticking, there’s a deadline approaching and you’re starting to feel a mild panic as you know you have only an hour to do four hours of work.

A Deeper Look at Quibids … and Why I Don’t Think It’s Worth It

In Thursday’s reader mailbag, a reader asked me about my opinion on Quibids, an auction site where you have to pay for your bids, but bids only make the auctions go up in $0.01 or $0.02 increments.

The Economics of Seinfeld

A group of economics professors have pooled their collective brainpower to come up with a new way to teach their students — and the general public — about economic principles. They’ve created a site called The Economics of Seinfeld that uses the hit TV series from the 1990s to explain basic financial concepts.

5 Foods That Make Nutrition Easy On The Go

Getting the most out of our diet seems to be getting trickier and trickier. There are so many quick and easy meals available to us that it is easy to forget one of my cardinal rules, "The more you cook, the better you look."The great part about this short list is that the foods are very easy to prepare quickly.