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By Trent Hamm

3 Steps For Building Self Confidence: It’s Not What You Think

Why it is so hard to become confident? Millions of people have spent years trying to become confident without succeeding. When those people begin the quest they usually start by looking for online tips that can help them become confident quickly and this is usually what they come across: • Say “I like myself” everyday out loud: Not knowing the fact that the subconscious mind refuses

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I read a series of great articles by Jaan Orvet and Andreas Carlson (“Strategy Basics: It’s Really About Having A Plan” and its follow-up, “Strategy Basics: Getting Your Clients Ducks In A Row“) on Carsonified’s Blog called “Think Vitamin” and on the importance of having a sound plan for a successful project.

Review: The Little Book of Bulletproof Investing

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. The Little Book of Bulletproof Investing by Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth is the most recent entry in the Wiley Little Books series and probably the most entertaining one, too.

Does a Motion-Activated Light Switch Save Money?

Paul writes in: I’ve really been enjoying your recent cost breakdown posts. I’m thinking about installing a few motion-activated light switches in my home and I’m wondering if they will actually save me money. Which switches do you like?

"Happiness Is in the Taste, and Not in the Things Themselves..."

“Happiness is in the taste, and not in the things themselves; we are happy from possessing what we like, not from possessing what others like.” --La Rochefoucauld This is a more poetic phrasing of a Secret of Adulthood: What's fun for other people may not be fun for you -- and vice versa. * A thoughtful reader in Denver sent me this great piece by Emily Brendler Shoff, My own personal ha

Reader Story: Our Financial Turnaround

This guest post from William is part of the “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure.

What Do You Really Have to Lose?

This post goes out to all of the readers who are about to graduate from college (and from high school, for that matter) and are wondering what comes next (hopefully, you already know and have a plan for it, but if you do, you’re in the minority). A few days ago, a college student I know was talking about his upcoming graduation.

Want a Quick Boost? Clear Some Clutter!

Ever had a day (or, more likely, a week) when you felt a bit miserable, for no clear reason? Perhaps you were stressed and felt disorganised and over-busy. Maybe it seemed like everything was piling up on you. When you feel like you have little energy and no motivation, it’s easy to start spiraling down into feeling worse and worse.

Customizing Expedit storage boxes

Materials: EXPEDIT shelves + DRONA box Description: This is just a small hack but was useful for our newly painted room - sage green. In the room we have a single 4 box Expedit shelf in a very small space.

7 Habits of Highly Excellent People

Are you driven in life? Do you love to excel? I believe all of us do. We are born to be the best we can be and to make the best out of our lives.When I was in high school, I wasn't exactly the kind of student teachers would like. I was truant, didn't do my homework and did badly on my examinations. I was lazy and unmotivated in school.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: April 24, 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. I call it … the Time Machine. One Year Ago (April 18 – April 24, 2009) Is Your Local Warehouse Store Worth Your While?

The GRS Garden Project: April 2010 Update

Kris and I aren’t repeating our annual garden project this year. We’re too swamped to take the time to track our expenses and harvests. In fact, our garden will probably be a bit smaller than usual this summer because we just won’t have the time to care for it. Still, the yard is an important part of our daily lives.

LED-Pimped Vika Lauri

Materials: Vika Lauri, Dioder Description: - Setup your Vika Lauri table - affix a string of white or multi-color Dioder LEDs to the inside, metal lip with the provided sticky tape - conceal wires along the same inside edge and mount control box also using sticky tape ~ Kevin Freitas, Tacoma, WA, USA See more of Kevin's colour changing computer table.

Unclutterer on the Rachael Ray Show

Set your TiVOs, DVRs, or tune in Monday morning, April 26, to the Rachael Ray Daytime Talk Show. I’m on the episode giving advice on how to organize your closet, just in time for warmer weather. I filmed my segment for this episode back in January, and I can’t believe I was able to keep it a secret until now while I’ve been waiting for it to air.

Why Do I Talk About Frugality?

Adam writes in: I’m not feeling the vibe from your recent posts about how to save a few pennies washing Ziploc bags. This won’t get me rich. Getting rich isn’t the point. One of my favorite people in the world, Rachel, currently works for a non-profit organization in the Seattle area.