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By Mark Shead

Manvotional: Character

From Character, 1881 By Samuel Smiles CHARACTER is one of the greatest motive powers in the world. In its noblest embodiments, it exemplifies human nature in its highest forms, for it exhibits man at his best. Men of genuine excellence in every station of life—men of industry, of integrity, of high principle, of sterling honesty of purpose—command the spontaneous homage of mankind.

Aaron Dignan: How to Use Games to Excel at Life and Work

Real life isn't always satisfying, but games are almost always are. So how can we take the principles that make Angry Birds so addictive and apply them to work?

Rethinking a Hobby

Kevin writes in: I love what you write about keeping your hobbies and interests, but I have a bit of a different problem. When I was a teenager, I found a lot of solace in comic books. I like how they presented a world that wasn’t completely soaked in moral ambiguity and that good people generally came out on top, something I didn’t often see in my real life at the time.

"I Remember the Warm Feeling of Relief of Knowing Where My Future Was."

“The first time I watched television I felt exactly as if something important had taken an elevator ride up to my head and gotten off and turned on the light in my mind. I knew that I was going to do something in television. It was in my cards.

Stacked EXPEDIT "built-in" bookcases

Materials: (3) 2x2 EXPEDIT bookcases, (3) 2x4 EXPEDIT bookcases, wall-mounting hardware, (2) long pieces of 2x4 lumber, shims, base & crown moulding, mitre saw, paint (color matched to match EXPEDIT shelving) & paint supplies, nail gun with finish nails, PJAS baskets, LEKMAN boxes (red) **** plus a TON of other IKEA items to create a kid's playroom (RIBBA picture ledge for books, SNOIG wa

No batteries required

Materials: LJUSA dynamo torch Description: It was time to replace the batteries from our daughters toy piano. But instead I removed them all and mounted inside the piano some components (gearbox and electronics) from the IKEA LJUSA dynamo torch. I just needed to drill some holes and solder two wires, that's all.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #41

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Sheena Iyengar on the art of choosing Why do we make the choices we make? If we’re trustworthy decision makers, why do we often second guess our choices?

Freelancers: How to Find Your Best Prospects, Video

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at Freelancers: How to Find Your Best Prospects by Ed Gandia. In this video he shows us how to find high quality prospects through triggering events.

Clayton Grey Inspired Nailhead Side Table

Materials: Lack Side Table Description: I bought two Lack tables. I assembled one fully and used the top of the second glued it and used it as a base which created the form I needed to replicate the nail head side table from Clayton Grey. I used strip nail heads and followed the lines in the picture! Total Project: 14.00 2-tables 18.00 for strip of nail heads.

Hacker Help: Problems with holes

Description: We have three homes with a lot of Ikea furniture. But, how can you be proud of your kitchen or about your Billy when they're showing off plenty of small holes, correctly made for you to choose where to put your shelves? How can I solve this real big issue when Ikea is having hole plugs, or hole covers, or hole caps, only in black?

How to Start Your Morning: 5 Tips to Create More Energy and Confidence

Does your morning routine feel more like a “mourning” routine? The first 30 minutes of your day has a powerful grip over the rest of your day — your morning behaviors and attitudes can influence how you feel and what you do for the rest of the day.

How to Ski Powder – 15 Tips for Learning in 24 Hours

(Photo: RunningClouds) Last-minute packing is an art form, and most of my trips allow me to pack less than 10 pounds for a world tour. This time, 10 pounds was just the starting point.

How I Changed My Life, In Four Lines

‘What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.’ ~C. S.

Dinner With My Family #35: Peanut Butter and Apple Wraps

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. This week’s goal was simple.

Be Happier: Wake Up Earlier.

My happiness project has turned me into a sleep zealot.