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By Jay White

The Simple, Ridiculously Useful Guide to Earning a Living from Your Passion

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Reader Mailbag #89

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. I’m 34 years old; live and work in Washingon, DC for a non-profit organization I’ve been with for 10 years.

It’s Official: Entrepreneurs Have Better Personalities than Managers

Developing the Innate Index got me wondering if there was a link between personality and success as an entrepreneur. My business partner is a behavioral Psychologist who has spent a few decades coaching executives and entrepreneurs, so naturally I asked him about it. As it turns out there is actually a lot of research!

Freelance Freedom #131

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

This article is the eighth of a thirteen-part series that explores the core tenets of Get Rich Slowly. One reason I got into financial trouble during my early twenties was that I wanted everything right now. I looked at what my parents had, and it didn’t occur to me that they’d been working their entire lives to get to that point.

Listen up!

If you have access to a Sirius/XM radio, tune in Monday at 10:30 a.m. eastern to hear me live on Martha Stewart Living Radio (channel 157). I’ll be the second guest on the show Whole Living with Terri Trespicio. During the segment, I’ll be talking about my book Unclutter Your Life in One Week and dolling out advice on how to be uncluttered and organized for the holidays.

The 40-30-30 Rule: Why Risk Is Worth It

Many of the strategies employed in competitive and recreational sports are applicable in business and our personal lives. One lesson I learned from alpine ski racing was the "40-30-30 Rule." During training, early on, I tried to go fast, and I also focused on not falling. On a ride up the ski lift, my coach told me I was missing the point.

50 Best Books for Boys and Young Men

Share As a boy, one of my favorite times in school was when we’d get a new Scholastic News book “catalog.” I would pour over the pages picking out which books I wanted and filling out the order sheet. And as soon I got them, I was lying under the covers with my nose buried in a book. Unfortunately, not all boys have that kind of enthusiasm for reading.

"We Are Never So Much Disposed to Quarrel As When..."--What?

“We are never so much disposed to quarrel with others as when we are dissatisfied with ourselves.” --William Hazlitt Yet another reason why we have a duty to be happy. I know I'm less quarrelsome when I'm happy. * I'm not a foodie, so I don't often explore the wild, delightful world of foodie blogs.

Review: Unclutter Your Life in One Week

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or career book. If you’ve been reading my weekly roundups for long, you know I’m a big fan of the Unclutterer blog and its chief writer and editor, Erin Doland.

Celebrate Your Life (and Help Others do the Same) with Bcelebrated – Plus a Discount for Wise Bread Readers

By Nora Dunn Debra and Mark were on a boat trip while vacationing in Mexico when they found themselves in the middle of a terrible storm. Life jackets were passed out. And there weren’t enough to go around.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 Being an uncluttered and responsible adultPrevention is much less expensive than emergency treatment, and much less traumatic. Unitasker Wednesday: The batter dispenserYes, you can simply pour the batter out of a measuring cup or bowl, but would you get the perfectly poured batter that the Batter Dispenser promises? Teaching your tikes to help with choresIn an article in the Washington Post,

Is Saving for Old People?

A post on a “savings generation gap” at Get Rich Slowly the other day caught my eye. In it, J.D. argued that there’s a “generation gap” between spenders and savers.

Reader Story: Budgeting For a Lifestyle Change

This is a guest post from Sean Ogle, a former portfolio analyst who is now pursuing his goals of starting a business and seeing the world. You can read more from him at Location180. You can also follow him on twitter @seanogle.  Have you ever thought about doing something different with your life? Maybe you’ve decided that you’d like to do more world traveling.

Manvotional: “Youth” by Samuel Ullman

When famed War Correspondent Col. Frederick Palmer called on Douglas MacArthur at his Manila Headquarters, his most vivid memory of the meeting was that of the three frames hanging over the General’s desk. On the left, a portrait of Washington. On the right, a portrait of Lincoln. And between them, a framed version of a poem called “Youth” by Samuel Ullman.