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By Gretchen Rubin

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Why I Stick to Pen and Paper for Goals and Tasks Technology is great…but I sure do like pen and paper – as I mentioned to one of our readers who asked me what I use to keep track of things.

“Nature, Which Makes Nothing Durable, Always Repeats Itself So That Nothing Which It Makes May Be Lost.”

“Nature, which makes nothing durable, always repeats itself so that nothing which it makes may be lost.” --Oscar Wilde * Back at home! I loved being away, but I'm so happy to be back. * Are you reading The Happiness Project with a group? I've prepared a one-page discussion guide for book groups, as well as a guide tailored for church groups, spirituality book group, and the like.

Reader Story: Patience and Persistence Pay Off

This guest post from Alissa 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. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

Are You Ambitious Enough?

Admit it: you're ambitious.   Don't worry, I'm not going to ask you to proclaim your ambitions in the comments.

Manvotional: Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son, No. 1

George Lorimer, an editor at the Saturday Evening Post, published a series of fictional letters in that magazine in which a father, John Graham, imparts advice to his son, Pierrepont, throughout the different stages of the young man’s life. The letters were then compiled in the hugely successful 1901 book Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son.

Are You Ambitious Enough?

You don’t have to become a backstabbing monster to achieve success, but you do need to admit your ambition – if only to yourself.

How To Make Friends Easy

Photo credit: Carf I believe we all want fulfilling relationships with other people. Which is why most of us have the desire to be very smooth socially and to make friends easy. However, there are few people who are naturally this way. The good news is that social skills are perfectly learnable.

Cultivating Domain Knowledge and Hobbies for Fun and Profit

When I was sixteen, I bought a cigar box full of 1960s baseball cards for $5 from someone who was cleaning out their mother’s attic. I sold one single card in the box – a 1965 Topps Mickey Mantle in excellent condition – for $200. Several years ago, I was at a yard sale.

International Freelancers Day: A Free Online Conference for Freelancers

There’s a very exciting online event happening in a few weeks. It’s the first-ever International Freelancers Day, to be held on September 24 and 25. This two-day virtual event is the biggest-ever FREE online-video conference exclusively for solo professionals.

I’m Not THAT J.D. Roth!

Normally, I wouldn’t post something like this at Get Rich Slowly — this is why I have a personal blog — but I’m getting a lot of tweets and e-mail from folks about a piece of ephemera that has surfaced on the internet. It seems that somebody’s stumbled upon a list of the folks who were in the running for the various parts on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Sun Tzu’s 5 Factors for Life Hacking Domination

Imagine that I had in my possession the ultimate guide to life hacking. Imagine that I offered it to you with but one condition - that you must use it for good, not evil.Would you be interested? Surely you would. Imagine all the wonders you could achieve with it!Then I give you The Art of War, Sun Tzu’s epic and legendary masterpiece.

I Can’t Find a Job in This Economy!

I get a lot of emails from people with the above statement, usually followed by some sort of plea for help. I have a lot of sympathy for their situation.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: August 28, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

Career Renegade Hits Taiwan

Just had to share this with you guys… Career Renegade was just published in Traditional Chinese, which is the main language in Taiwan and Hong Kong (from what I’m told, going on faith, here). Pretty cool, huh? I’ve posted the two covers side-by-side below. Kinda fascinating to see how they changed the cover to try to maximize appeal to the local market.

Self-imposed technical limitations in music production can hurt so good

A few days ago I picked up a copy of No Better Than This, the new Rounder Records debut album from John Mellencamp (AKA “Johnny Cougar,” “John Cougar,” “John Cougar Mellencamp”).