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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

Why I don’t care about success

‘Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.’ ~Albert Einstein Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter. A lot of people in my field write about how to be successful, but I try to avoid it. It’s just not something I believe is important. Now, that might seem weird: what kind of loser doesn’t want to be successful? Me.

Donate your unwanted shoes to people in need

Do you have shoes you’ve never really worn taking up space in your closet? Are there tennis shoes that are too small for your son’s feet but with life still in them lingering under his bed?

Reader Mailbag: Cold

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. Building website skills 2. Which credit counseling service? 3. Serious mortgage trouble 4. Thermostats, nighttime temperatures, and kids 5. Shady credit union practices 6. Direct stock purchasing 7.

Assorted links for October 18, 2010

Interesting articles and services relating to uncluttering, organizing, and simple living: Patrick at Minimal Mac asks “A Most Important Question.” If you don’t know where something belongs, it may “… not have a place in your home, in your relationships, in your job, or or in your life,” and, “perhaps it should not be there.” Alton Brown, the celebr

What Are You Willing To Do For The Rest of Your Life?

It’s a question asked in Randy Komisar’s extraordinary book, The Monk and the Riddle: The Education of a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur.Coming from someone in the lifestyle or personal development field, the question might not be so odd. But, that’s not Randy.

Why Now is the Time to Think Long-Term

This is a guest post from Philip Brewer of Wise Bread. Brewer also writes science-fiction and fantasy stories. Previously at GRS, he shared how to live a rich life on a budget. As a saver, I have a personal interest in higher interest rates: I earn more. But as a conservationist and environmentalist, I know that low rates enable a certain kind of long-term thinking.

3 Things To Help You Make The Most Of Everyday

Most days I'm a machine. I can get through a rather large number of tasks, vacuuming, laundry, playing with the kids, baking, preping dinner, and a number of other business related things. Then there are other days when after the kids are in bed and the house is relatively quiet I look around and ask myself "what the heck did I do today?"I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in this.

Mentally Hijacked: How to Recognize Constructive and Destructive Emotions

Emotions are a natural and basic part of life. They signal how we feel about a certain situation or occurrence, so we can take the necessary action to deal with the situation. Emotions in this sense aren’t positive or negative, but are more along the lines of constructive or destructive, depending on how they are utilized.

What Motivates Us To Do Great Work?

Could making ideas happen be its own reward? Recent research indicates that creatives find progress more rewarding than money...

Greetings from Paris

Bonjour, mes amis! I’m writing to you from the heart of Paris. I’d hoped to provide an update of my vacation last weekend, but couldn’t find a computer.

Review: Conquer the Chaos

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Here’s the flat-out truth about running a small business: you, the business owner, are where the buck stops. Period. Small businesses are a great way to start earning more money, but they’re not easy. When something goes wrong, it’s up to you to clean it up.

Subconscious Connections

Open up one of your favorite magazines. Turn to a full page ad for a product – any product. Look at it carefully for a minute. What do you see? Fire up your television. Fast forward through the commercials (I know many of you can). Think about the flickering images that still made it through.

Linkswitch #39: Volunteering, Video Blogging, & Inbox Management

The User Is The Anonymous Web Designer We invest time, money and effort into understanding our audience, and the movement toward a more socially networked Web has made us realize the power that visitors have over how our designs are engineered; and we try to meet their ever-growing needs.

7 Incredibly Simple Tips for Inspired and Meaningful Writing

As a writer, you know how hard it can be to get inspired and write something you’re happy with. You’re constantly running into mental blocks, and things keep popping up that break your flow. It’s hard, yes, but it can be made a lot easier with a few tweaks.Ever since I was 7 years old, I’ve loved writing. I started with short stories and worked my way to longer ones.