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By Trent Hamm

The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #29: Serve to Lead with James Strock

We will all serve in leadership roles at some time or another. It might be at our work, in our communities, or in our families. But what separates the great leaders from the merely good ones? Are great leaders born or made? Our guest today is an authority on the topic of leadership and will answer those questions.

The Legal Nomad on Saving for Travel

As you’ve probably noticed, travel has become a priority in my life. There are number of reasons for this. For one, I love it. I love visiting other cities, other states, other countries. I love seeing how different people live, and how they do things.


If we don’t start, it’s certain we can’t arrive. - Zig Ziglar One of the biggest themes of The Simple Dollar is goals. I find goal-setting – figuring out a specific goal, writing it down, coming up with a specific plan to get there, and following that plan – to be incredibly empowering.

Your Work Day Soundtrack

A friend of mine had an interesting post on her blog recently.  She shared the soundtrack of her life, with each part of her world arranged by an individual tune. As a freelancer, I’ve been trying to figure out if I am more productive with the music on, or with the only sounds in the room being the clicking of the keyboard and the snoring of my dog. I’ve tried a few different audio stimuli:

Hanging wall light

Materials: Some miscellaneous shelf bracket, HEMMA Cord set, ORGEL Pendant lamp shade, couple of screws Description: Super simple hack. Problem: my ceiling is made of concrete and I need light in the room. Solution: pick up a set of shelf brackets in the 'As Is' section, stick 'em to the wall, and hang a HEMMA Cord with a shade.

Marketing to Unclutterers-In-Name-Only

The show Marketplace that aired on National Public Radio had a very poignant piece this past Friday about the hypocrisy surrounding the business, marketing, and branding of Eat, Pray, Love‘s “simplification” and “de-cluttering” merchandise.

Can You Work for Someone Younger Than You?

An important question to consider in the new organizational world order...

The Economist Tends Its Sophisticate Garden

Behind the Economist’s advertising, which “tugs at the insecurities of the status-seeking reader.”

Reader Mailbag: Projects, Projects, Projects

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Debt snowball questions 2. Cost-effectiveness and breast pumping 3. How much life insurance? 4. Which debt to pay off? 5. Choosing 401(k) investments 6. Saving for nieces and nephews 7. DirecTV arbitrage 8.

Review: Be Thrifty

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. A few weeks ago, I stopped at a local business that was having a “going out of business” sale.

Work From Home Tips

1. Go to work When you work from home, your workspace may be just down the hall, but you still need to intentionally go to work when you are ready to start your day. Some people will walk around the block go to work in their home office and then walk around the block to “go home” at the end of the day.

The 7 Types of Proof Needed to Sell Anything to Anyone

The moment you want someone to buy something from you, you take on a Herculean burden… The burden of proof.

How to Use a Credit Card (Without Going Into Debt)

Last Friday, we had a great discussion about the socio-economic implications of credit-card rewards programs (or lack of implications, depending on your viewpoint).

Top 6 Adobe AIR Apps That Will Increase Your Productivity

Adobe Integrated Runtime or Adobe AIR, in simple non-technical terms, is something that helps web developers to create the desktop equivalent of internet tools using Adobe Flash, Flex, HTML and other such programming languages or frameworks.So, with the help of Adobe AIR, you could use websites or apps which you visit frequently right from your desktop.