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By Mark Shead

Beth Comstock: You Have To Tell A Story, Before You Can Sell A Story

Storytelling, experimentation, passion - these are the ingredients that help great ideas make it to the finish line, says GE's Beth Comstock in this candid 99% interview.

Beth Comstock: Make Heroes Out of the Failures

Storytelling, experimentation, passion, and even failure - these are the ingredients that help great ideas make it to the finish line, says GE's Beth Comstock.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Clothes

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

Beat the Carnies: The Secrets to Winning 5 Popular State Fair Games

It’s state fair time once again all over the country.

Maskros Dandelion Gold Beauty

Materials: Maskros lamp, gold paint, gold leaf, paintbrush and patience Description: 1. Cut each of the petals from the Maskros to the size that you desire. I wanted the petals a little bit smaller so that the shadows on the walls weren't quite so big and there was a little more light in the room. You can do this by using a glass to draw around so the petals are all the same length.

Start Slow

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Dave Ursillo of DaveUrsillo.com. If there is any one indication that life is best lived slowly, it’s that among all of the busyness, racing to fulfill tasks and rushing to complete goals, there is one race that nobody wants to finish first: the race of life itself. Our culture has a mild obsession with racing — not racing for the sake of s

Minimalistic DVD rack in an Expedit

Materials: NEGLINGE 2x, EXPEDIT (doesn't matter which one), plank Description: I wanted to use as little space of my Expedit as possible to store my DVD's. I don't have that much DVD's, but I wanted to be able to see which ones I have. Instead of just putting a second row in front of the others.

Ride The Butterflies: The Story Contest

If you’re a regular here, you already know my new book, Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel for Brilliance, launches this week.

Do You Often (or Ever) Feel a Wonderful, Joyous, Childhood Feeling of Expectancy?

Assay: I’m a huge fan of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books. If you read these brilliant stories as a child, you should re-read them now; so much of the humor is pitched at grown-ups --marriage, friendship, theories of child-rearing. After I’d re-read Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle for the fiftieth time, I decided to try Betty MacDonald’s adult work.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 4, September

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Reader Mailbag: Parenting

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Life insurance question 2. Where do I begin? 3. Paying bills with reward cards 4. Waiting for an internship 5. Settling credit card debt 6. Ignoring debt 7. Podcast basics 8. Turning your life around 9.

Clutter can kill creativity and innovation

With all the talk on our site recently about willpower, I wanted to bring in career expert and author Jonathan Fields to write about the connection between order and workplace productivity, creativity, and innovation.

Godmorgon sink cabinet to bench

Materials: Godmorgon 2 drawer sink cabinet, ply wood, finish Description: We have found this Godmorgon Wash stand at the "as-is-corner" (in german fundgrube). Paint the front with the finish you want. Mount a ply wood on the top. Diameter 125 x 55 cm. Thickness more than 21 mm. Mount a frame on the bottom to heighten the wash stand a little bit and make it easier to open the drawers.

How Did My Phone Bill Get So High?!? Why You Should Pay Attention to Your Bills

This is a guest-post from Tim Ellis, author of Seattle Bubble, a blog and forum dedicated to real-estate market conditions in the Seattle area. Tim is a long-time GRS reader. Previously on GRS, Tim has written about renting vs.