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By John Wesley

Five Easy Ways to Safely Vent

Have you ever had one of those days where everything was going wrong?  You missed a deadline, you lost a good client, an oft-promised cheque still hasn’t arrived, final notice on your cable bill came today, the client isn’t buying into the concept, your spouse is upset, your dog has fleas, and to top it all off – you just dropped your bread, and it landed butter side down.  Worst Monday ev

Drifting away from mental clutter

One of our Unclutterer readers on Twitter sent me a link to Paul Graham‘s recent article “The Top Idea in Your Mind.” In this article, Graham discusses clearing clutter from your mind so that you can let your meandering thoughts be filled with ideas that are the most important to you. From his article: I think most people have one top idea in their mind at any given time.

The Four Burners Theory - Your Thoughts?

Following our 99% interview, Chris Guillebeau looks at "The Four Burners Theory" and work-life balance.

A Simple Question to Jump-Start Your Finances

Spoiler alert: What would you do if, starting tomorrow, your income was immediately cut in half?

ToneCheck Test Drive: Spots "Unprofessional" Email

Make sure your email's intended tone is getting across with ToneCheck. "Check yourself before you wreck yourself."

Reader Mailbag: Local Flavor

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. Investing for five year goals 2. Music career crossroads 3. The price of fame 4. First steps with no credit 5. Buying a foreclosed home 6. Which retirement option is best? 7. Pet allergies and family 8.

Uncluttered admiration: Deglon’s Meeting Knife Set

The Deglon knife company in France and Belgian designer Mia Schmallenbach have brought to market one of the coolest and uncluttered kitchen products I’ve ever seen: Deglon’s “Meeting Knife Set” is outrageously expensive (more than $1,000 for the metal base and more than $500 for the wood base), so I’m not recommending anyone run out and buy them.

How to Find Unclaimed Money (and Unclaimed Property)

July 21st was the fifteenth anniversary of my father’s death. He died of cancer at age 49, just ten days shy of his fiftieth birthday. When Dad died, he left behind a meager estate. Aside from the custom box business (which, admittedly, was not “meager”), he managed to leave each family member with $5,000 in life insurance proceeds, and that’s about it.

6 Simple Ways to Eliminate Your Excuses

Excuses allow us to stay within our comfort zone, but do excuses really let you live the life you really want? Sure, going after your dreams may be scary, but isn’t it more scary to succumb to your excuses and live a life of mediocrity?In each of our lives, sooner or later we come upon a crossroads, where we have to choose which path to take.

7 Amazing Life Lessons from Oprah

Photo credit: NaylandHouse Today I want to talk about seven amazing life lessons from Oprah, I recently wrote an article titled “7 Must Read Lessons from Oprah,” so needless to say, there’s a lot to learn from Oprah. Oprah Winfrey is an American television host, producer, and philanthropist, most known for her self-titled, multi-award winning talk show, which has become the highest-rated pr

2010 99% Conference: Stop Dreaming & Start Doing

About this videoFrom the live experience at the Times Center to behind-the-scenes nuggets of insight, our partners at Cool Hunting condense the 2010 99% conference into a 3-minute primer on putting ideas into action. If we've said it once, we've said it 999 times: It's not about ideas.

2010 99% Conference: Stop Dreaming & Start Doing

Soak up the action and insights from our 2010 99% Conference with Cool Hunting's 3-minute redux, featuring Jack Dorsey, Stefan Sagmeister, John Maeda, Fred Wilson, and more.

Our Disembodied Selves and the Decline of Empathy

“Fellow-feeling. . .is the most important factor in producing a healthy political and social life.

Review: Stop Getting Ripped Off

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. A long while back, I reviewed Bob Sullivan’s excellent book on consumer issues, Gotcha Capitalism. In that book, Bob focused mainly on how companies try to “sneak” surprise fees and costs into their products.