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Success From the Nest

By Tony Clark

11 Incredibly Simple Ways to Find Your Passion, Right Now

If you’re reading this, chances are that you don’t know what your passion is. The good news is that if you keep reading, you will discover 11 proven ways of finding your passion today. You see, most people give up before they even have the chance of finding what truly excites them in life. Don’t let that be you.

Men’s Reading List: 33 Books About Being a Man

Since starting the Art of Manliness, I’ve read a boatload of books about masculinity, manliness, and simply being a man. There are books out there on every aspect of the male experience from practical skills like carving a turkey and dressing well to sociological studies on what it means to be a man in history and modern society to more poetic examinations of the male experience.

Spare Change: Turtles vs. Rabbits Edition

Blarg! The deadline for this year’s video contest was Sunday night, but we may have run into some technical difficulties. Some folks are reporting that their submissions were reported as “received”, but they’re not showing up in the pool of contest entries. This is Not Good. If you submitted an entry to the video contest, please check the list of entries.

A Postmortem: Some Thoughts on Improving the Process of Filing Taxes

I considered posting this article during the actual tax season, but I decided to wait until the rush of actually filing taxes was over. Almost all of you who live in the US have filed your income taxes by now. Some of you – the self-employed or functionally self-employed, like I am – have filed first quarter estimated taxes as well.

PAX Wardrobe Turned Custom Reach in Closets

Materials: Pax wardrobes (1 large, 2 medium and 1 small), Various komplement peices and pax bergsbo / frosted glass doors, Martha Stewart living Paint #MSLO29 "glass of milk", poplar moldings 1x2 and 1x3. Crown molding 1x 5/16.

Lack with an ironing secret

Materials: Lack shelf, antique ironing board top, ironing board cover, 2 shelves from "as is" department, 2 bookends, graduated blocks of wood, black lacquer paint, L brackets Description: I don't like setting up an ironing board and don't like the pull-down models, yet didn't have more than 10 inches clearance on the wall next to my small laundry center.

Mail sorting solutions

Mail has been a huge problem for us since we moved. One of the reasons we have a problem is because part of our system for processing mail is in one house, and the other part is in the new house.

Financial Stress and How to Plan Against It

I receive many emails each day from people who have had some kind of financial crisis. Most of these stories have a great many factors in common with each other, although the specifics can vary wildly. Here are some of the specific elements many of the stories share. Something unexpected happened. Life was going along seemingly well until something happened. A job loss. An illness.

Kids Shoebox Dual Computer Cabinet

Materials: Sandnes Shoe Rack, Svala Chairs Description: I worked out that the Sandnes show rack was a complete waste of time for storing shoes. With a couple of changes the unit makes an awesome computer cabinet for two small children 4-8 years old. I am writing this almost 4 years after building it and about 6 months after I sold it.

5 Ways to Boost Your Retweets

By now, thousands of freelancers tweet, growing their brand and connecting with others 140 characters at a time. It’s an important tool for promoting your freelance business. And one of the most powerful aspects of promotion on Twitter is to get retweeted (or RT in Twitterspeak). It’s the Twitter equivalent of forwarding an email or sharing a link you enjoyed in Facebook.

How to Spend Your Way to Happiness (Part Two)

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. It’s part two of How to Spend Your Way to Happiness. Read part one here. Last week, we discussed three out of eight key ways that spending money can increase happiness, as found by researchers Elizabeth Dunn, Dan Gilbert, and Timothy Wilson (“If Money Doesn’t Make You Happy Then You’re Probably Not Spending It Right” [PDF]).

Why There’s No Magic Bullet Solution

Ever seen an ad promising that you can “lose 30lbs in a month” or “make $$$ working from home part-time – with no experience”? It’s tempting to believe that there’s a magic bullet, some way to fix our problems quickly and easily – without any effort, self-discipline or hard work. And marketers know that this is how we think.

The place of desire

I think a lot about the place of desire. An incorrect relationship to desire, I believe, has got us in this mess. Certainly an incorrect relationship to desire has often got me in a mess! On the other hand, I don't believe desires are meant to be eradicated. Desires are part of the grand scheme. The problem comes, however, when mistake desires for the grand scheme.

Built to Sell — Making Your Company Sellable

Waterfall in Aix-en-Provence, France. (Photo: Mat3270) “Didn’t you write that you believed BrainQUICKEN couldn’t be sold?” The question — a common one — was from writer John Warrillow and for an article in Inc. Magazine.

How Influential Are You?

Most of us are much more influential than we know. Start understanding your power by recognizing the impact of every little action.