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By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

How to Start Your Morning and Set up the Day for Success

Some days are just golden right from the start. You get up bright and early, you have a good breakfast, your coffee is perfect, and you get through your most important work first. By lunchtime, you’re feeling great: you’ve covered significant ground and you want to push yourself to get even more done during the afternoon.Other days don’t go quite like that.

Some Thoughts on Product Placement

Please take a moment and watch this YouTube video before we get started. I’d embed it here, but the person who uploaded it has disallowed embedding of the video. If you’re unable to watch, the video is a series of clips from the movie Transformers, showing the absurd amount of product placement within the film itself. What do I mean by that?

Linkswitch #53: Backlinks, HTML5, and Social Networking Trends

The Netsetter: Legitimate Ways to Get Backlinks SEO can be made as complicated as quantum physics, but the reality is much simpler. While there may indeed be the oft-cited “200 ranking factors,” anyone with experience knows deep down that backlinks are the lynchpin to scaling the heights of Google.

Reader Story: How Moving to a Third-World Country Improved Our Financial Situation

This guest post from Craig Ford 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. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

Manvotional: The Bridge Builder

The Bridge Builder An old man, going a lone highway, Came, at the evening, cold and gray, To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide, Through which was flowing a sullen tide. The old man crossed in the twilight dim; The sullen stream had no fear for him; But he turned, when safe on the other side, And built a bridge to span the tide. “Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim, near, “You are w

I’m Fresh Out of College, Have Lots of Student Loan Debt, and No Job. What Now?

I get some variation on the above email all the time. In fact, I could probably include some variation on this question in every single reader mailbag (yes, I filter the questions a bit as to not get too repetitive). The story is usually the same. A person went to college, often majoring in a field that doesn’t have enormous job possibilities after earning one’s first degree.

Hair on Fire Minus One

Back in my lawyer days, my office was 4 floors below one of the partners I worked with. Problem was, we were in different elevator banks.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #3

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. My daughter’s enthusiasm for ballet My three year old daughter started with a community ballet program a few weeks ago.

Your Happiness Project: Have More Fun.

My First Splendid Truth about happiness is: to think about your happiness, you must think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth. Research shows that the absence of “feeling bad” doesn’t mean that you “feel good.” You must actually strive to find sources of “feeling good.” Having fun on a regular basis is a pillar of happiness. Having fun s

Blogging: A Demanding Task with Few Rewards?

Note: I try not to blog about blogging at Get Rich Slowly. Though some of you are interested in the subject, most of you are not. Today’s article is a one-time deal. Last week, a reader named Matt sent me an article from Chicago Business about how bloggers are quitting what they call a demanding task with few rewards.

5 Reasons You Will Always Be Broke

Being broke sucks. I’ve had extended periods in my life where I have been living on the edge of financial ruin, so I know how stressful and overwhelming it can be. When you’re broke and hating your job, things are much worse. It's hard to leave ANY job, regardless of how insanely miserable it is.

Sink on the Edland bedside table

Materials: Edland bedside table, sink, plumbing Description: We have a bedroom and a bath in the same space. We wanted to make the most of a small space and stay within our tiny budget. I felt in love with Ikea Edland bedside table and find it just perfect for a boudoir-feel bathroom.I put 2 coats of clear satin waterproof stain on it to avoid water cased damage.

Ikea lampshade-secondhand skirt combo lamp

Materials: Ikea Asele lampshade, Hemma cord set, glitter spray, secondhand skirt Description: I had a funny second hand ballet skirt, and I decided to create a stylish feminine lamp from it. I glittered the inner side of the Asele lamp shade and the Hemma cord set. With a glue gun, I fixed the skirt to the lampshade. That's it. So simple. So funny.

Mirror, Mirror....

Materials: Ikea Lack Coffee Table, Mirrors, Measuring Tape, Permanant Mirror Glue Description: Here is a picture of my Ikea Lack coffee table. The color palette in my loft is black, grey and white since I have concrete floors and ceilings. I really wanted something that wouldn't break the bank and would catch people's eyes when they walked in the door. The mirrors were a perfect solution.

Housecleaning and Clarifications: Blog Content, 4HB Corrections, Competition Winners, Slow-Carb Mistakes, and More

(Photo: Felipe Morin) Holy crap. The 4-Hour Body (4HB) has ended up producing an avalanche of questions. There are definitely a few gems hidden amongst the rubble, and more than a few typos were unearthed in the process. This post — mostly how-to with a few bits of entertainment — is purely for tying up loose ends.