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Thoughts on Finding Good Customer Service

Whenever I mention a company on The Simple Dollar – Apple, Dell, Nintendo, Williams-Sonoma, etc. etc. – I usually receive an email or two from a reader telling me how absolutely horrible the company in question is.

How to Free Yourself From Limiting Beliefs

“From this instant on, vow to stop disappointing yourself. Separate yourself from the mob. Decide to be extraordinary and do what you need to do – now.” - Stoic philosopher Epictetus Whether you want to believe this or not, we all have the capacity to be extraordinary, to live our passion, to realize our full potential.

Excerpt: Eight strategies to stop procrastinating

The following is an excerpt from my book Unclutter Your Life in One Week, which comes out next week on November 3. If you have pre-ordered the book, THANK YOU! and also don’t forget to sign up to receive the special PDF bonus worksheets.

Freelancers: Do You Need a Business Plan?

If you tell someone that you’re going into business for yourself, he may ask to see your business plan — unless you tell him that you’re planning to freelance. There’s a certain assumption that freelancing is so plain and simple that anyone can do it, with no business plan needed. But is it really true that a freelancer shouldn’t bother with a business plan?

How to Get Your Free Credit Report Online: A Step-by-Step Guide

This article is by GRS staff writer Adam Baker. Baker is a big, fat hypocrite. The statistics on credit reports errors are staggering. A 2004 U.S. PIRG survey showed that 79% of credit reports contained either serious errors or other mistakes of some kind. 79%? Seriously? How can that be? I guess it doesn’t help that as of 2006, 27% of adults had never checked their report for errors.

Halloween goes East

The day for ghouls and goblins will soon be upon us. Tien and friends decide to go Japanese this year. Why not? Witches and vampires are so last season. "My friends and I are going for a Japanese theme this year. For one of my friends, I wanted to make a sexy kimono (was inspired by Emiri Miyasaka's kimono, right). The cheapest place for colorful fabrics by far is Ikea (at least in my city).

Ask for Help: Want to Make a Short Video?

One of my surprisingly difficult happiness-project resolutions is to Ask for help – and now I’m asking. The internet has changed a lot about publishing. There are many new ways to reach readers – and that means a lot of new tasks for writers.

The Art of Manliness Movember Contest 2009

Every time I turn on a football game, I see players with pink shoelaces and pink gloves and pink towels, all promoting breast cancer awareness.

workspace

A very cool project by photographer Joseph O. Holmes detailing various desks/workspaces around New York City.

The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #6: Man Stories With Zeke Smith

Welcome back to another episode of The Art of Manliness podcast. This week we return to our series called “Man Stories” where we interview an Art of Manliness reader and get his personal perspective on manliness. Our guest this week is Zeke Smith. Zeke is an American living in England while his wife pursues her masters at the University of Manchester.

Words That Overcome Fear And Dread

Everyone knows sex sells. Greed sells too, and again, this is something we all know.

My world favorite 350 messenger

When we went to the 350.org action in Times Square on Saturday, my four-year-old Bella insisted that "the lady" paint 350 on her face. 350 is the number of parts per million carbon dioxide we can afford to have in the atmosphere without the global warming tipping point occurringI was honored with the chance to say a few words to the crowd.

The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 25: Why Does Everyone Hate Budgeting?

On today’s episode of The Personal Finance Hour, I’ll join Jim from Bargaineering to discuss personal budgets. What works and what doesn’t? And why are so many people scared of them? (Personal finance writers especially seem afraid to talk about budgets.) This show will air live at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern).

Stress and Overspending

Lately, I’ve been under a lot of stress – perhaps the highest level of stress I’ve been under since switching to a full-time writing career. I’m in absolute crunch mode with my second book, with a manuscript due in a few days. I’ve also been slowly moving into public speaking – and I certainly get a healthy amount of stage nervousness.

A Lovely Family Tradition…Suggested by the Author of FIGHT CLUB?

Two of my happiness-project resolutions are Take time for projects and Enjoy this seasons and this time of life.