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By Brett Kelly

6 Tips for Designing a Promotion Worthy Business Card

You might not always know when an opportunity for networking or the chance to expand your client base will present itself.

SNIGLAR - Crib co sleeper

Materials: crib SNIGLAR (39 €), 4 wheels (0.85 € c / u) and a hinge (2.60 €) Description: After 2 years of living with our son Ivan who is a candidate to win the prize for the child on the planet with least sleep, it was clear that with the new one is coming to us, we are not to play, and although Mr.

The 10 Traits of Outstanding Leadership

This article is for parents, teachers, counselors, small business owners, managers, or anyone else who interacts with others and has some influence over them. If this is you – then you are a leader. Having influence over people isn’t just about being in a formal position of authority.

Something Old, Something New: A Shortcut To Your Best Work

Producing great, new creative work on command is tough. The next time you're stuck, consider taking a trip down memory lane.

A Man’s Wallet (+ Kenton Sorenson Wallet Giveaway)

Picture this: you’re talking to a small group of people.  Things are going great–in fact you feel this could really lead to something big.  Then someone asks for your business card. You reach into your pocket and pull out……a huge lump of nylon and duct tape with tattered receipts and dozens of dollar bills sticking out from the corners.

Reminder: 5 Days Left to Enter Our Manvotionals Recitation Contest

A friendly reminder that the deadline to enter our Manvotionals Recitation Contest is Sunday, February 19. That’s just five days. After we receive all the entries, we’ll then select the finalists and open voting to the public on February 20 to select the grand prize and runner-up winners. Up for grabs is a prize package that includes a large Saddleback Leather Briefcase, a Col.

Honey I shrunk the Expedit!

Materials: Expedit TV Storage Unit (Discontinued), hand saw, electric drill and duct tape (proving its use in just about anything!). Description: I recently moved from a 1-bedroom flat into a 3-bedroom house and ended up wall mounting my TV. As a result, I was lumbered with a 6'x6' dust and junk collector (see before photo).

Shop Around for Car Repairs (44/365)

This is one of those tips that you hear and immediately think, “Easier said than done.” Why? Most of the time when you need a car repair, you’re pinched. Your car failed at a bad time, you need to get to work or school, and you’re willing to just throw money at the problem so you can get back on the road as fast as possible.

Custom HEMNES Entertainment Center

Materials: HEMNES TV Stand, Bookcases and Shelf Bridge + Assorted As Is parts; table saw or circular saw, drill, hinges and magnetic catches for drawer fronts Description: We had been looking for an inexpensive way to replace our old, ill-fitting TV stand with a real entertainment center with storage and ample space for books without going for full on built-ins.

"I Can Never Get To Bed On Time."

2012 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2012 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2012 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader.

9 Essential Skills Kids Should Learn

Post written by Leo Babauta. Kids in today’s school system are not being prepared well for tomorrow’s world. As someone who went from the corporate world and then the government world to the ever-changing online world, I know how the world of yesterday is rapidly becoming irrelevant.

My Very Own Rast Hack

Materials: Rast, Sand Paper, Spray Primer, Spray Paint, Brown Wood Stain, Old Rag (For Stain), Drop Cloth to protect floors, Clear Acrylic Sealer, Glass drawer knobs, Power Drill Description: I decided to jump on the Rast bandwagon and create my very own personalized dresser with the bland Rast. First I lightly sanded & wiped down all sides.

Billy Meets Aneboda -- Dining cabinet

Materials: Billy (new,deeper) bookcase, Aneboda 3-drawer drawer chest, 2 Billy Olsbo glass/panel doors Description: Once upon a time there was a girl named Aneboda. She was the shy type, usually likes to stay in her private bedroom. Then there was Billy. Billy was the cool kid on the block. Many like him and you can find him hanging out anywhere and everywhere.

Happiness and Economic Growth Go Hand in Hand

When I read the headline of this FastCompany blog post, I immediately thought of all those freelancers out there who have made the switch from an unhappy existence in their full time job to freelance freedom. The saying that “money can’t buy you happiness” is true. I know plenty of well-off people who are miserable. But can happiness really mean increased economic growth?

Compound Interest, Compound Opportunity

One of the first topics covered in almost any personal finance book you read is the power of compound interest. Compound Interest 101 You can skip this section if you’re already familiar with compound interest and how it works. I’m including it for people new to the idea. Let’s say you have access to a savings account that pays 5% interest.