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By Brett Kelly

Do you Track Your Achievements?

What did you achieve last year? What progress did you make towards your goals?Those are questions that, a few years ago, I’d have had trouble answering. Perhaps I could point to some money saved up, or to the next step of a qualification earned, but it was hard to see whether I’d really made much progress.

Do You Hate to Hear "No," "Don't," or "Stop"? Plus the Weekly Video.

Once in a while, I learn a new word or phrase that allows me to see the world in a clearer way. In law school, I remember that after I learned the concept of “acting in reliance,” suddenly, I saw people acting in reliance all over the place.

Having Consistent Motivation for Your Projects

Have you ever started off a project feeling really enthusiastic about it – perhaps even to the point that you were losing sleep? Whether it was a new business direction, or book, or piece of art, or home improvement, or diet … it had you gripped.

Art of Manliness Group Writing Project: Lessons in Manliness

ShareIf you’ve been reading the blog for awhile, you probably know about our series called Lessons in Manliness.

Review: Bargain Junkie

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. You can check out my reviews of hundreds of personal finance books (and other related books of interest) all on one page. Bargain Junkie is an unabashed frugality book, focusing mostly on maximizing your “bang for the buck” when spending money.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Replace exercise DVDs with video podcastsI don’t have to waste space storing videos and DVDs, and I can mix up my routines by simply downloading different video podcasts. Unitasker Wednesday: Underground time capsule Purchasing the right CFL bulbsMartha Stewart Living had an article in their September 2008 issue that highlighted the differences of all the CFL options. Could your produc

Investing and the Time You Have

Martin writes in: I’m glad to see you’re writing reviews of books like Payback Time instead of just blindly preaching about index funds.

Reader Story: A Cautionary Tale

This guest post from Maria is part of the new “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others will be examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure.

9 Great Reasons to Drink Water, and How to Form the Water Habit

We all know that water is good for us, but often the reasons are a little fuzzy. And even if we know why we should drink water, it's not a habit that many people form.But there are some very powerful reasons to drink lots of water every day, and forming the habit isn't hard, with a little focus.The thing about it is, we don't often focus on this habit.

Manvotional: Unseen Influences

Unseen InfluencesBy Henry F. Kletzing and Elmer L. Kletzing, 1899“How do you know there is a kite in the air?” said a man to a boy who was holding a string leading skyward. “I see nothing and you see nothing.” “But I feel it pull!” was the prompt reply.So with many unseen influences coming from various sources.

Back from Belize

Greetings, friends. I am back from a relaxing week-long vacation in the jungles of Belize (with a one-day trip across the border to Guatemala to visit Mayan ruins — or the rebel base on Yavin IV, if you’re a Star Wars geek like me). I had a blast. I slept a lot, thought a lot about my future plans, and basically forgot about the world. As always, coming home was overwhelming.

The New ABC’s of Success: Always Be Creating

Image courtesy of Hemmy.net (Creative Photography) In every economic crisis, there have been those individuals who have emerged from the aftermath even more financially secure. Luck has something to do with it, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. In order to rise up and get ahead, you need to shift paradigms. You need a new way to look at and interact with the world.

"We Needs Must Love the Highest When We See It."

"We needs must love the highest when we see it." -- Alfred, Lord Tennyson * I was intrigued by this blog, Birth of a Playwright, by a writer chronicling her attempt to write her first full-length play in 266 days (typical length of human gestation). A happiness project!

Parental Responsibility and Retirement Savings

As I discussed yesterday in a pair of articles (this one and this one), I dream of a future where my children and I are completely financially independent from one another. I’m not dependent on them, nor are they dependent on me. The real question that both articles strive to answer, though, is where should I put my money to ensure the best possible outcome for both me and my children?

Stuck in Anger Mode? Use it to Fuel Your Drive for Change

Everyone knows that anger is a destructive emotion that causes all kinds of harm, to ourselves, to other people, and the world at large.