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Dumb Little Man

By Jay White

Flipping the Mental Switch for Success

If I have one single piece of career advice to give to anyone, it’s this: figure out how to get in the zone and do it as often as possible. If you can do that, everything else really is secondary. You will find success. What do I mean by “in the zone”?

Understanding Taxes

When it comes to your finances, there are few things you can do that are as beneficial as really understanding taxes and keeping up with current tax law.  Most people don’t realize just how much they pay in taxes every year.

How to Embrace Your Fear (Even if It’s Weighing You Down)

What are you afraid of? What keeps you rooted to your comfort zone? What keeps you from taking chances? What keeps you from living the life you want? I’ve lived much of my life afraid. Afraid to take chances – what if I fail? Afraid to stand out – what if someone laughs at me? Afraid to reach out to others – what if they reject me? My fears weren’t unfounded.

Unitasker Wednesday: Snap Jack Pancake Cutter

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Are you against owning any knives? Do you really like pancakes? If you answered both questions affirmatively, well then I have the perfect product for you!

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Increasing energy: Erin’s first set of 2010 resolutionsI’ve written in the past about how getting adequate sleep is linked to an uncluttered life. If I’m exhausted, I’m less likely to eat well and exercise (also energy related), tackle items on my to-do list, think and work efficiently and clearly, keep up with chores, stay focused, and respond well under stress.

Japanese Clogs

Materials: Generic Chopping Board Description: I bought a generic chopping board from IKEA. The thickness is just nice. It comes in 2 pieces. I took the larger piece, cut it using a jigsaw and drilled 3 holes for the red rope to go through. Tie the rope underneath the clogs, hammer in the 2 stands for each piece and you have a very quick-and-easy to make gift for your Japanese boss!

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: No Money Resolution Edition

Several people wrote to me expressing some surprise that I didn’t have a money-related resolution this year. To tell the truth, I don’t know where a single-year money resolution would come from in our budget or in our life. We have some ongoing three-to-five year goals that seem to be in a good place right now.

Magical Clients: Coping with the Disappearing/Reappearing Act

Credit: Bohman on Flickr Sometimes, there’s just nothing you can do when a client disappears. Things can be great for a long time, but then they don’t call you for work. You’re sure they’ve found someone else to complete the projects you used to get, when–poof!

Seed-starting shelves

Materials: OMAR shelving unit (I used 36 1/4" high, but you could use the taller one), 2 standard "shop fixtures" (48" long), 4 40-watt T-12 fluorescent light bulbs, 1 timer for the lights, 4 small metal S-hooks (or substitute), 1 two-plugs-to-one converter, 1 extension cord, several large pieces of cardboard (can be from OMAR box), 2 25-foot boxes aluminum foil, clear t

Is Content Curation Is The New Black?

Content is king…right?If you want attention, a platform, the ability to lead, sway, sell, move, emote, promote, you need to be putting out killer stuff.But, there’s a major wrinkle in the theory that pretty much nobody talks about, even though it’s become one of the most powerful content models on the planet.The content…doesn’t have to be yours!We are assaulted and ba

Beyond Tupperware: Frugal food storage

This post is from new GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes the Living With Less personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. To hear the storage industry tell it, every kitchen needs plastic containers in a dozen sizes.

How To Communicative Effectively

Communication is always looked upon as key factor in a person’s overall growth whether in career, personal or professional relationships.

Concealed ventilation

Materials: 1 black Fritiof stool, 4 hooks, 1 shoelace (1m), powerdrill Description: Unscrew the seating surface from the legs. Screw 4 hooks in the skrewholes of the seating surface. Drill 8 small holes in the ventilation casing. Thread the shoelace throught the holes and the hooks, tense it and knot together. Finished.

Child-proof vice versa

Materials: cavity anchor, screw Description: It is a solution for a most common problem if you have to re-equip your furniture in order to make it child-proof. IKEA offers the PATRULL drawer/cabinet catch, which will, in their words, "Reduce[] the risk of the child reaching improper contents in drawers/cabinets." As for that, the tiny plastic catch serves its purpose well.

Francis Ford Coppola: On Risk, Money, Craft & Collaboration

Legendary film director Francis Ford Coppola talks about how he self-finances all his films, why the artist must never lie, and how true collaboration is like great sex.