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"The Hardest Victory Is Over Self."

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.” --Aristotle * Fascinating post on Starfish Envy about "numbness." Numbness is a very helpful term for a particular state of mind, and the post really got me thinking. * Have you pre-ordered your copy of The Happiness Project? No? Well, here's your chance!

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 Expensify: A new take on expense reportingExpensify.com tracks your business expenses making expense report filing a breeze. Unitasker Wednesday: Onion gogglesDon’t let your eyes tear up uncontrollably again.

What Matters Most to You? Planning for a Very Long Life

Marcia writes in: I’m having a hard time figuring out exactly how much to put away for retirement each week. I’m twenty five years old and most of the advice says to put away 10% of your salary into your 401(k) but I think I should be putting away more. I have three great grandparents that are still alive and over 100 and all of my grandparents are over 70 and still alive.

Solutions for Ten Potential Travel Disasters

A vacation is supposed to help you escape from the stress and chaos of your everyday life. It should be all long walks on the beach and lingering over candle-lit dinners or exploring colorful bazaars and hiking nature trails. It should not be having an IV drip inserted into your arm or hanging around a police station for two days straight.

Manvotional: A Manly Boy

Learning to be a man begins at an early age. Boys try to mimic the manly things they see their fathers and other men do. When they get older, they seek the advice of older men on what it takes to be a man. This short essay from Draper’s Self Culture was published in 1907 and gives advice to boys on how to be manly boys.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 26, 2009

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week.

Furniture Shopping Secrets: How to Tell Superior from Shoddy

This is a guest post from Karawynn Long, who writes about personal finance at Pocketmint. Karawynn is a semi-regular contributor for Get Rich Slowly. She has been blogging since before “blogging” was a word. Here at the Koke-Long house we’re in the market for some furniture.

Determining the perfect amount

In the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the pesky Goldilocks is able to quickly find the bowl of porridge, chair, and semi-firm mattress that all meet her definition of just right.

The Weekly Link Round-Up: September 26, 2009

Art of Manliness Contests With 1,043 comments already, readers are clearly pretty fired up about getting their hands on a pair of Wolverine 1,000 Mile Boots. Who will be the lucky man to bring these sweet puppies home?

Never Eat Alone: Expanding Your Circle

This is the eighth of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail.

9 Secrets of Truly Happy People

It’s pretty safe to say that at the end of the day, there are really only one or two things that truly matter. Making money, finding fame or prestige, owning the right toys – if you’re honest, these things are not the be-all end-all, are they?

Errors and Omissions Insurance: Do Freelancers Need It?

Sometimes a project can go wrong in a big way: a website can go down at the worst possible moment, a brochure can get printed with the wrong information, or you can otherwise end up with a very unhappy client. You can do everything you can to solve the problem, but at the end of the day, if your client isn’t happy, you can be facing some major trouble.

The Slow Secret: How to Make Lasting Changes in Your Life

“Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.” - William Shakespeare Post written by Leo Babauta.

9 Ways to Cook Lazily and Still Get Rave Reviews

Like many people you're super busy these days. However, you appreciate the fact that eating out a lot costs a ton and frankly, it's tough to find restaurants where you completely feel at ease with the ingredients. So how do you balance this? How do you create homemade meals without spending oodles of time cooking?

Seven Things I’ve Learned from Doing It Myself

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading Matthew Crawford’s excellent book Shop Class as Soulcraft, which is an extension of Crawford’s essay of the same name which appeared in 2006.