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By Trent Hamm

The Anatomy Of Open-Mindedness

The plea to “be more open-minded” often falls on deaf ears. But why is that? Is it because it’s too difficult to be open-minded?

Unleash the Power of the Nap

I’ve detailed elsewhere how hard I worked in law school. But there was another secret to my success that I haven’t mentioned yet: the nap. In law school, I rented a carrel where I kept my books and studied in-between classes. I started learning about the benefits of napping and wanted to incorporate the nap into my routine.

The Dardenne Brothers: On Hard Work, Patience & Mentors

Acclaimed Belgian filmmakers the Dardenne Brothers share lessons from 35+ years of putting ideas into action and "learning by doing."

Review: The Power of Passive Investing

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest.

Table Head Cabinet

Materials: From Ikea: Billy bookcase, Billy Height extension, 2 Faktum base cabninets 40cm wide, Faktum wall cabinet (40 x 92cm). Other stuff: Plasterboard, wooden slats, monitor arm and wallpaper (Cole & Son Wood). Description: We needed to add some extra storage space in the our living room and we were looking for a cabinet that would blend in.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Baby safety clutter After browsing through an unsolicited baby product magazine that I received in the mail, I am now aware of the products that over protective parents just can’t live without. Storing specialty hangers? How do you keep the non-standard hangers organized when they aren’t in use? Unitasker Wednesday: The snowman kit Snowman kits include everything except the snow

Is The Sunday Paper Still a Value?

At the start of 2011, I started an interesting experiment. I grabbed the first five Sunday papers of the year, clipped the coupons that I found in those issues, and saved them in a separate coupon envelope. Most of the coupons were for toiletries and household supplies.

Little Words with Absolutely Huge Meaning - Use Them

As children many of us hyped the statement, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Clearly, it doesn’t take long to realize that words have far more weight than we want to realize. They influence thoughts, feelings, actions and states of mind. Even little words often have big meaning.Think about it.

Linkswitch #55: User Experience, Blog Content, Scheduling Software

Strategic Customer Service: An Interview with John Goodman If you ask any chief marketing officer about the importance of “positive word of mouth” for their product or company, they’ll inevitably say “It’s absolutely critical, word of mouth is definitely a top priority for our business.” But, when you follow up with the question “What specifically are you doing to create it, measur

Bohemian south asian inspired MALM dressers

Materials: MALM dresser or side table (any size or configuration), light weight sari fabric or light weight fabric of your choice, decoupage glue, medium sized foam paint roller, scirrors for trimming fabric, exacto knife for trimming fabric, rubbing alcohol and lint free rag for prep, matte sealer Description: I decided to redo the decor of our bedroom to bring the tastes of my girlfriend and s

Reader Story: How to Find Budgeting Nirvana with Mint.com

This guest post from Geoff Lennon is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure.

Manvotional: Seneca on Dealing with Groundless Fears

The Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca wrote his friend Lucilius letters in which he espoused the tenets of a life aligned with Stoic ideals. These letters were compiled in Epistulae morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius).

Ten Things to Look For When Planning a Summer Vacation (Thanks to Readers)

After my recent post on planning summer travel, I received a lot of emails from readers near the places we are planning on traveling to: Seattle, Boston, New Orleans, and Orlando.

5 Things That Were Given to Me for Nothing

Over the last year I have read lots of material on self-improvement and success. One common theme I found in almost everything I read was an emphasis on gratitude. In an effort to increase gratitude in my life, I have listed the top 5 things that have been given to me for nothing: 1. My Car When my Gramma bought a new car, she sold her 1997 Ford Tauras to me for $1.

Art on a cabinet

Materials: Leftover Cabinet Door, wood burning tool Description: Buy some leftover cabinet door panels in the as-is section for $1-5. Use a wood burning tool to burn a design onto said panel. Art. Done. See more of the art on a cabinet. ~ A Nest for All Seasons, Hershey, PA