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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

The Skinny on Real-Estate Investing

Book Week at Get Rich Slowly comes to a close today — well, I guess tomorrow’s Ask the Readers is about books, but this is the final review. I’ve saved the best for last. Over the past year, I’ve had a chance to read several titles in the “Skinny On” book series. And although I’ve only mentioned them in passing here at GRS, I love these books.

Sometimes a Little Boost Is All You Need

Every day, I receive dozens of emails from readers describing their financial situation and asking, very simply, what I think about it. A lot of those letters come from people in very difficult situations where it’s clear that some major life changes are in order.

What Professional Associations Have You Joined?

There are a number of professional organizations available offline to help you meet new associates, new suppliers, and ideally, new customers.  From formal and well established associations like the Chamber of Commerce, to newer social media and offline networking Tweetups. Some freelancers are more comfortable with the anonymity that cold calling and cold emailing provides, while others find th

When saving the world threatens to overwhelm you

This piece comes from my Zen school's newsletter and I just thought it was perfect in the face of all we're dealing with in environment. It's a gift for all of you who are working to save the world for the rest of us. The first part is a letter from a student to Zen Master Seung Sahn, who founded the Kwan Um School.

White chopping block

Materials: Ivar shelves (4) 33"x20" and (2) 17"x20"; (3) Ivar Side units, cut to correct height; (1) Lagan countertop 50"x26"; (2) Byholma baskets; (1) Gorm height extension post; (1) 39" Observator crossbrace; string and white paint Description: We had very little countertops at our new home. We had a lot of Ivar shelves (from the shelving unit in the office).

Music and wine always go together!

Materials: BENNO DVD tower Description: We cut down an Ikea DVD tower and used it as a filler for wine display in our kitchen! The kitchen is also Ikea but when we had an odd space left at the end the DVD tower fit perfectly! My husband cut down the sides and back to the required size then assembled the pieces as per the instructions. Too easy! ~ Stephanie, Canada

Yesterday Influences Your Performance Today in Surprising Ways

The exception vs. the rule - to boost performance (and confidence), recall GROUPS of successes, not just one example.

Is Apple Making Us Japanese?

The cult of Apple encourages people to have relationships with machines.

Why Do You Work?

Contribute to GOOD Magazine's Work Issue by answering this question in 140 characters.

Collections: Trash or treasure?

While uncluttering, you may come across a few collections you decide no longer interest you or are worth the space in your home you’ve been dedicating to them.

Reader Mailbag: What Gets Mentioned

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. Bankruptcy and student loans 2. Refinancing question 3. Revocable living trust questions 4. Using Vanguard for retirement 5. Retirement savings or debt? 6. Flaw in retirement calculations? 7.

Dragan bath set charge station

Materials: drill and appropriate bit (i used 5/8), jig saw Description: Remove both containers from the base. Cut away the inside wall from each container, thus making 1 large container. Decide which side of the container you would like cords to come through and drill through the base and container. Voila! Very nice looking charge station. ~ Chris Church, West Virginia

"Be Yourself, But Keep Your Inner Jerk in Check."

Happiness interview: Bob Sutton. I'm a huge, raving fan of Bob Sutton's writing. His blog, Work Matters, is consistently engaging, and I loved his book, The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't. Bob's new book, Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best... and Learn from the Worst, just came out, and it is every bit as good as the last one.

How to Sell Yourself to Do-It-Yourselfers

Image courtesy of johnnyberg @ SXC Aw, darn. After writing what I thought was a bang-up proposal for a ready-to-buy client, I get word that he’d rather do a basic website himself. This, despite the fact that he’d already said that he wanted to present a professional image of his organization to grant funders.

Passing inspection

Without giving the process much thought, car owners in many states have their cars inspected annually to ensure their cars meet a minimum set of government standards. This is also a process that you can easily apply to your home, with you making the rules. Your kitchen, garage, and closet are three areas that easily lend themselves to annual inspections.