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By Leo Babauta

LINK: What Entrepreneurship Is and Isn’t

The other day I was reading through the Art of Non-Conformity’s archives and I found a post that Chris wrote in the very beginning. I found myself nodding my head quite a bit as I read it. My favorite part is: True entrepreneurship involves the creation of processes, not just the creation of work.

Is the Dollar Store Really a Bargain?

Before he passed away a few years ago, my uncle Ken (who I still miss greatly) was a fanatic shopper at dollar stores. He did most of his shopping at a pair of local dollar stores, where he would buy virtually all of his household supplies and quite a bit of his food.

Frugal Fun: Five Ways to Be Social and Save

Living in San Francisco, one of the most expensive places in the country, I have learned a lot about budgets. First lesson: I need a budget. Recently, I kept track of my monthly expenditures and was shocked by the number in my “entertainment” column; no wonder my paychecks disappear so quickly.There are obvious alternatives to nights on the town, like socializing at home.

Get into the hot seat

This has got to be the first Mercedes Benz inspired hack. Nico Mertens adds seatheating to the Poang. Now, a hack you can really warm up to. "I have pimped my Ikea Poang with heated seating and extended the headrest to suit my purposes.

The Anti-Stuff Holiday Gift Guide

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. For the past couple of years, my husband and I have not exchanged traditional, wrapped-and-Christmas-bowed gifts. Instead, we plan an experience. We started our anti-Stuff celebrations because neither of us could think of a gift we truly wanted.

The Dymaxion Chronofile and our ever-expanding personal digital archives

In 1917, Buckminster Fuller began to catalog all of his personal documents into the “Dymaxion Chronofile,” a chronological filing system that included all correspondence, newspaper clippings, notes, sketches, itineraries, daily schedules and other documents relevant to his personal and professional life.

Put the fun back in the holidays--spend less, enjoy more

I wanted to let everyone know about a nationwide event my No Impact Project is undertaking with the Center for a New American Dream. During the two-weeks of the historic UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (December 7th-18th), we’re bringing people together to talk about the impact of holiday spending on their lives and the environment. Every year, growing numbers of us are unhappy wi

Most Effective Stress Relievers

Forbes Magazine breaks down America's favorite ways to decompress, from listening to music to shopping.

Mountaineering 101

Image from boxelf Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Adam Cook. If you love backpacking or just being outdoors, but always wanted to add something extra to the experience, then mountaineering is for you.  Mountaineering itself is a relatively simple sport; just make it up to the top of a chosen mountain.

So You Want My Job: Archaeologist

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. Any man who has ever watched the Indiana Jones movies has had the thought of becoming an archaeologist cross his mind.

Alex Haigh: We Are Our Own Worst Clients

For designer and art director Alex Haigh, an early obsession with type was the first clue that letters would take a leading role among his design devotions. The second came in the form of Miyagi and BAQ Rounded, two buzzed-about typefaces (released in 2008 and 2007, respectively) that solidified the UK-based designer’s own typographic talent.

The Short but Powerful Guide to Finding Your Passion

“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.” - Arnold Toynbee Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. Following your passion can be a tough thing. But figuring out what that passion is can be even more elusive. I’m lucky — I’ve found my passion, and I’m living it.

Eleven Myths of De-Cluttering.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day (or Quiz Day or List Day). This Wednesday: Eleven myths of de-cluttering. One of my great realizations about happiness (and a point oddly under-emphasized by positive psychologists) is that outer order contributes to inner calm. But as much as most of us want to keep our home, office, car, etc. in reasonable order, it’s tough.

The Hawthorne Effect and You

We all do it. When we know we’re being watched, we’re on our best behavior. We often tend to perform better and we usually tend to make better choices, too.

Best of Personal Finance: 12 Surprising Uses for Vick VapoRub

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. This week, we look at outrageous ways to use Vick's VapoRub, 23 ways to decorate that bedroom, and 10 of the best brands to follow on Twitter. Top 5 Articles of the Week 23 Decorating Tricks for Your Bedroom — These range from the simple to the more involved, but most of them can be done in a frugal manner.