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By Jay White

Career Moves: How to Win the Office Politics Game (Part Two)

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Last week we talked about the whys of office politics. Why do they exist? Why do we have to play the game? Today we’ll get to the good stuff: How to run a positive campaign and how to deal with the Negative Neds and Nancys in your work life.

How to Create Your Personal Brand in 6 Easy Steps

“Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc.

Ikea Rykene becomes fit for the Dauphin

Materials: Rykene Bedframe (Queen), MDF panels, Foam Rubber, Fabric, refinishing supplies, saw, stapler, spray adhesive, toolsDescription: I knew I wanted an upholstered headboard, but didn't want to pay a premium price. I found the Rykene perfect for the project.

Kitchen unit becomes chest of drawers for babyroom

Materials: Udden console + 2 Udden drawer units + Numerar worktopDescription: We were looking for a nice chest for our babyroom, needing a lot of space. As we had a silver color bed, we also wanted a silver color chest. Difficult to find, so that's how we came to this idea. An easy one! We removed the worktop from the console and put a Numerar worktop on top of it.

The 3 Characteristics of an Educated Man

What defines an educated man? The number of degrees he has? The size of his vocabulary? How many books he’s read? The qualities that constitute an educated man can be argued over and debated. But I was really taken with the description I found in the book How to Live the Good Life by Commander Edward Whitehead (the Schweppes guy!).

Living Room Wall System

Materials: Friel, Lack, Akurum, Besta and PaxDescription: This is a 12" wide wall system put together with 100% ikea items including 2 Friel TV units (as base), Besta black-brown doors, 2 Lack wall shelves and Pax/Akurum kitchen cabinets top units. The 60" Pioneer Kuro TV and the Definitive Technology Mythos speakers have all wiring hidden behind the Besta wall panels/doors.

Review: 18 Minutes

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. If you’ve read The Simple Dollar for a while, you know that I’m a big believer in the maxim that time is money.

5 Things That Are Destroying Your Success

Many of us want to be successful but come across a lot of challenges along the way. Most times the challenges we face can be controlled by us. Sometimes we forget that it is the simple things that are stopping us from getting the success we want in our lives.

The Power of Your Boss

When I worked for an employer, one thing that sometimes frustrated me was having a boss. Although we had a good relationship, there were often times where I was instructed or guided toward doing something that either seemed to be way outside of my typical job (and thus way outside of my expertise) or didn’t seem to be an efficient use of my time. Naturally, I did these things.

Linkswitch #90, Experience Based Rates, Explosive Blog Growth and Talent vs. Grit

Every other week we roundup some of the highest quality articles and resources that benefit freelancers from across the web. We present these articles here on various helpful topics. This week we have articles on setting your freelance rates, the role of design in content creation, the power of persistence, and more.

Reader Story: How Debt Put My Dreams on Hold

This guest post from Jason Jacobs 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. Jason wants to be financially free so he and his wife can be missionaries with no strings attached.

Charging Station for $6+

Materials: SOLBRAND, NEDDA, cardboard, glue gun, scissors/razor blade, drill and drill bit, (Optional: KAPPLA surge protector)Description: It was time to make a charging station (we have 3 cell phones and quite a few ipods.... don't ask :) Click to read more>>

Growing up table

Materials: Vika Artur trestle, Vika Amon table topDescription: My son, Oscar, is turning three I was thinking to get him a table so he have somewhere to sit and do his drawing. I went to a couple of stores to see what they had to offer but after a while I started to wonder how many tables I had to buy before I could get him a "big boy" table.

Bolster Your Creative Output by Activating Your "Red Zone"

Sustained creativity requires that you tend to your "inputs" as well as your "output." Here's how.

Ivar transfomed

Materials: Ivar shelving system components, paint and fillerDescription: We really wanted modern looking shelving to our study but IVAR shelving looks too much like straight from the garage. We came up with the idea of ladder shelves to give it more smart, Italian look.