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By Chris Guillebeau

Finding Your Calling Part III: Why Pursue a Vocation?

This is Part III of a series about finding one’s vocation. See here for Part I and Part II. Why should a man pursue a vocation? Is it really a worthwhile endeavor? Shouldn’t a man be satisfied to work any job that supports his family and allows him to earn a living?

Review: The Other 8 Hours

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. A while back, I reviewed Robert Pagliarini’s The Six-Day Financial Makeover and concluded that there was some very good advice buried inside a lot of marketing gloss. The core of that advice was strong enough that I kept an eye out for future books by Mr.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Desktop timers help with productivityAlarm Clock 2 has an alarm feature (which I use to remind me to break for lunch), a timer (to help me stay focused on a task), and a stopwatch (to help me keep track of how I’m spending my time). Unitasker Wednesday: Rotato Potato PeelerIt doesn’t slice, it doesn’t dice, it doesn’t even julienne!

Preparing Your Information for Disaster, Part Two

About a year ago, I wrote an article entitled Preparing Your Information for Disaster, in which I discussed the challenges my mother (and I, in a peripheral way) had in organizing the accounts and papers of my maternal grandmother after she passed away. The article is really thorough and I consider it to be one of the most essential things I’ve ever written for The Simple Dollar.

A Simple, Balanced Appproach to Your Diet

We are constantly bombarded with messages about healthy eating, dieting and keeping fit. Scares about food appear in the media continually: salmonella, BSE, dioxins, E. coli, GM food, cholesterol, saturated fat, MSG, … the list goes on.We are endlessly compelled to listen to what is healthy and unhealthy, and it seems that the advice is constantly changing.

Linkswitch #21

CSS Three — Connecting The Dots As a web community, we’ve made a lot of exciting progress in regards to CSS3. We’ve put properties like text-shadow & border-radius to good use while stepping into background-clip and visual effects like transitions and animations. We’ve also spent a great deal of time debating how and when to implement these properties.

"People Do Best What Comes Naturally."

“A man marries a woman, not a first lady. If he becomes president, she must fit her own personality into her own concept of a first lady’s role. People do best what comes naturally.” --John F. Kennedy * A terrific blog, Love That Max, "a blog about kids with special needs and the parents who adore them," is up for a well-deserved "best parenting" award.

Reader Story: Surviving and Thriving

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

Do You Use a Resume as a Freelancer?

Over at WorkAwesome we recently had a look at 25 super creative resume designs, some of which are more like brochures and other marketing materials than standard resumes. So it begs the question: do you use a resume as a part of your freelance business?

Are you cursed?

Image courtesy of W. Roberts Hocus pocus In the movies we have all seen witches cursing people and turning their lives to hell but did you know that humans curse each other and force each other to live miserably without noticing? In a movie all a witch has to do is to speak some words like hocus pocus and the curse starts working.

The Benefits of a Positive Attitude – and Five Tactics for Doing It

There are quite a few things that you can do to improve your financial and personal state without spending even a single dime. One of the biggest is simply improving your attitude – the way you interpret the things around you and the way you relate to others. Think about it for a moment.

Your Money: The Missing Manual, News and Reviews

Your Money: The Missing Manual went to a second printing while I was in Alaska. Not bad for a book that’s only been out for a couple of months! The book has been doing especially well at Amazon, where it’s consistently been in the top 5,000 in sales, and has even creeped into the top 500.

Is Social Media Killing Authenticity?

Every social media rulebook hails authenticity as the bastion of success in the world of digital interdigitation. Yet, I have to confess something… I wonder if the more ubiquitous social media becomes, the harder is to bear the burden of being authentic IRL (in real life)? Because, with increasing frequency, you’re not the only person reporting on your every move anymore.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: June 5, 2010

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, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

Should You Offer Referral Fees?

There’s much to be said about building your business through referrals. For one thing, it’s a lot cheaper than advertising and less time-consuming than cold calling.