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By Chris Guillebeau

The 5 Keys to Success

Someone once said, “The key to happiness is having dreams.  The key to success is making your dreams’ come true.”  Today I want to talk about making your dreams come true.  I want to talk about five keys that will help turn your dreams into reality. Without further adieu…. 5 Must Read Keys to Success: 1.

Hacker help: How to attach laminate flooring to Pax?

Back on June 13, 2008, someone posted a piece about using Pax wardrobes as a room divider (Bedroom series #5: Room dividers for your bedroom).  My daughter wants to do this, but I'm not sure how to attach the laminate flooring to the backs of the cabinets.  Is there any way to find out how this was done?  Thanks. ~ John

Art/Chalkboard from IKEA Scratch-and-Dent Pieces

Materials: 2 cabinet doors from IKEA's scratch-and-dent section Description: I found two great cabinet doors in the scratch-and-dent section at my local IKEA. They were begging me to take them home! One of the doors had two glass panels, and the other had one glass panel and one wood panel. I've been looking for some way to display my son's artwork, so I had an idea.

Asker Patchwork

Materials: Asker hanging containers, pretty Japanese paper, Mod Podge, paint brush Description: Once upon a time these containers looked nice and white. However, after a few months of hanging above our kitchen bench for cutlery storage they became scratched and well, not so nice looking. Mod Podge and Japanese paper to the rescue! I love this stuff!

Hero Training: The Lift an Object Off Someone in Distress Workout

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse. For this series on hero training, every other week Chad will give Art of Manliness readers a workout based on building the strength and fitness needed to tackle a heroic task.

The First Word Is Always the Hardest

One of the most valuable personal finance tools in our repertoire is communication. Communication with your boss. Communication with your partner. Communication with your children. Communication with the IRS. Communication with your friends. Communication with a retailer. Communicating well with these people is incredibly valuable.

Free Round-Trip Tickets with British Airways Card (or, J.D. Discovers Travel Hacking)

Yesterday, I met with a group of local Portland bloggers to plan for world domination. Over the past year, we’ve met regularly to organize an upcoming conference for readers of Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity. Usually our conversation is focused on gift bags and tour groups and the absolute racket that is event catering. ($15 cups of coffee? Give me that job, please.

Personal Outsourcing Caveats

Asian Efficiency has a nice post on personal outsourcing. The article makes some good points, but it falls into a few common traps. I’d recommend reading the article and then coming back here to read my list of gotchas when it comes to personal outsourcing. 1.

"It's Helpful to Remember the Younger Version of Me Because It Reminds Me To Feel Grateful When I Want To Be Snotty."

Interview: Mindy Kaling. I'm a gigantic fan of Mindy Kaling. I love her in The Office, as Kelly Kapoor (Mindy not only stars in the show, but also writes and produces); I love her on Twitter (@mindykaling); and I've already pre-ordered her book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).

Reader Mailbag: Television

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. Employee Stock Purchase Program help 2. Divorce mess (and follow up) 3. Unsure about next steps 4. Understanding tax brackets 5. A big mess of debt 6. Student loans or mortgage 7. Retirement path 8.

Selling Your Soul: Behind the Marketing Curtain

In a few weeks, two friends, Marie Forleo and Danielle LaPorte, are bringing to life a one-day experience called Selling Your Soul.Yeah, I know, that name brings up all sorts of stuff. That’s the point. This post is not about that event, it is about the website, video and copy they’ve set up to market it.Forleo and LaPorte are two of the smartest marketers I know.

Links for April 21, 2011

These items caught my attention over the past couple weeks, and I wanted to share them with you. They weren’t large enough to stand on their own as full posts, so I gathered them together in a link roundup: The company Electrolux sponsored nine teams at the Domus Academy in Milan to design the kitchen of the future.

How I Spend Money

Earlier this month, I shared a new financial framework I’ve been developing, one that stresses earning, spending, and saving as the building blocks of personal finance. Last week, I elaborated by sharing how I make money. This week, I’m turning to the other half of the basic personal-finance equation: spending. Or, more precisely, the lack of it.

11 Lessons Web Designers Should Learn from Painting Portraits

Credit: freeparking on Flickr Many designers stumble into the web industry from a fine arts background. Working commercially is a natural progression for artists – not only does it make for a reliable income, but you have the pleasure of making something useful for a wide audience.

How to Experience Life

Many of us go through life without truly living it. Jonathan Swift once said; “There are only few who live today, most of us live tomorrow”. I have mostly lived in tomorrow, always looking forward, aiming for my goals. Many times I have let my happiness and well being today slide so that I can produce results that will benefit me in the future. Find Balance I wrote about this