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Overcoming Severe Social Anxiety

Chris emailed me with the following question. I originally planned to include it in a reader mailbag, but I felt such strong sympathy for his situation and others in that type of situation that my answer to him kept growing and growing until I realized that it was a full post all its own. I am 34/ male. I feel very awkward in public.

Do You Need Professional Help? The Limits of Doing It Yourself

Until recently, I seemed to prefer to always do things the hard way.  If a website needed to be created, I would learn how to code it, populate it, and then publish it.  During renovations of my home I learned how to do my own electrical, dry wall, plumbing, and first aid.  I nearly had to learn how to handle my own divorce, but luckily that was avoided.  We justified learning these thing

Workspace of the Week: Homework helper

This week’s Workspace of the Week is ThatTrain’s simplified workspace. To give you an idea of the work invested in the transformation, start with the … Before: And now, the After: The calm I feel looking at the second picture is noticeable, I can only imagine that serenity is tenfold for ThatTrain. An amazing improvement.

Is Your Schedule Packed With Bottom-Feeder Bait?

For a while now, I’ve had a section on my whiteboard wall called “Minor Commitments,” tasks, requests, small, one-time things I’d committed to doing. What harm could these do?

Biltong box

Materials: Samla and Bygel Description: Building a Biltong box with parts from Ikea is quite straight forward. I had to buy Samla Box 57x39 with cover, some Bygel (10 items pack, just buy 4 or 5 packs). And 3,6m of knotted-link chain. A fan from an old PC, an old power supply, some fly screen, some strip of wood (20x40mm), a broomstick, a handful of screws.

Do Credit Cards Steal from the Poor and Give to the Rich?

My philosophy on credit cards has changed completely in the last five years. I’ve gone from anti-credit-card to pro-credit-card — but only for those who can use them responsibly. I think they’re a great convenience, and I like getting cash back when I use mine. But not everyone thinks this cash-back feature is a good thing.

10 Motivational Quotes That Will Jump Start Your Day

Sometimes a little motivation is all you need to get you “pumped-up” for your day, or to get you through your day.  But some people try to discount motivation; however motivation is necessary in order for you to succeed.  I like what Jim Rohn said about motivation, he said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last.

23 Bodyweight Ring and Strap Exercises

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Joe Hashey, CSCS. Every lifter must first be able to control their bodyweight before they progress onto weighted movements. Even after months or years of training, there are always bodyweight exercises in our program.

Building Skills for Free

As I’ve mentioned a few times on here, I’ve been taking piano lessons since early February. When I come home, though, my materials are mostly books I’ve been gifted or printed out from various places and I practice on an old electronic keyboard or by walking to a local church and practicing on the older piano in their basement.

Free Microsoft Money Download Now Available

As I pointed out over a year ago, Microsoft has decided to quit producing Money Plus, its personal-finance software. At that time, I suggested sixteen powerful alternatives to Microsoft Money, but GRS reader Lijacka dropped a line the other day to point out that Money Plus is still available. For free!

(Yet another) Billy built-in

Materials: 2x80x202 Billy bookcases, 3x40x202 Billy bookcases, matching Billy height extension units Description: I've always longed for wall-sized bookshelve to my home office, so when we bought our new flat, I decided to go for it. After a bit of planning, Billy bookcases seemed the best fit.

Spicing up your kitchen, hacker style!

Materials: Akurum 12" base cabinet, Rationell 12" drawer (24" deep), Perfekt cover panel for base, Linjar (discontinued) cabinet face/door, iron-on white laminate strip, 24' x 22" galvanized sheet metal, Set of 22" full extension drawer slide ball-bearing hardware, 2 small "U" brackets, package of machine screws with covered nuts, 22" white plastic trim, table saw, & basic carpentry tools.

Caring for Your Online Introvert

"For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating."

Maxing out Your Triangle

Maxing Out Your Triangle: Rethinking work-hard/play-hard.

Are You Using a Virtual Assistant?

If you have read The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris, you won’t be surprised by the number of things that you can have a virtual assistant complete. If you haven’t read his book – go read it – but until then, here’s a quick list of some of the things you can have a virtual team perform. Invoicing – create invoices to send to your clients Invoicing follow up – contact your clients