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Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems: Why Pro Athletes Go Broke

Last week’s issue of Sports Illustrated featured a fantastic article from Pablo S. Torre that describes how (and why) athletes go broke. Generally, it’s for the same reasons that people like you and me go broke: they don’t know enough about money. But pro athletes are also besieged by many people who are eager to help them “invest” their fortunes:

Baseball card collage table

It's a Saturday and perhaps you'll like a round of baseball too. This one's from Matthew. Happy weekend.

50 Ways a Manager can get Employees to Quit

I know some of you are list hounds, so if you'd rather skip the monologue, scroll down a bit.A month ago I shared some specific ways to get ahead at work. For me it worked, I got promoted within my IT group and was actually bumped up 2 spots. As I mentioned in that post, I was promoted directly by a VP (my boss' boss), which was unusual.

Tip: Meet Until You're Weak in the Knees

Everyone has their own creative process. But, most of us also work with others in the pursuit of larger ideas that require coordination. To collaborate, we have many tools - like email, online messaging, and many more - but, sometimes we just need to meet.

Do generous unemployment benefits prolong the length of unemployment?

By Xin LuThe latest news is that unemployment benefits will be extended from 59 weeks to 79 weeks in California with the help of the new Federal stimulus money.  The maximum benefit has risen to $475 a week and it means that some of the unemployed Californians  could collect over $2000 a month for more than one and half years.

Spring and the Awakening Garden

Spring is awakening here in Iowa, and for us that means getting outside, doing some yard work, and getting some early work done with our garden. With a three year old and a one year old in the house, we try to get everyone involved in the gardening process.

Relationships: Why I'm Trying to be Interested in Hannah Montana as Well as Tolstoy.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project.

10 Reasons Why I Prefer Credit Cards Over Cash

By Silicon Valley ...There are a lot of people out there who are very distrustful of credit cards and the companies that offer them, and I can see why that's the case.  With personal debt skyrocketing and conspicuous consumption now heavily frowned upon, many people have been vowing to freeze their cards or intending to feed them to their shredders.

Ask Unclutterer: Dual desks

Reader Cory submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: What are some good solutions for a two workstation/desk in a apartment? I will soon be moving in with someone sharing a one-bedroom apartment and we are looking for an elegant way for us to both have a small desk/laptop workspace in the new place. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Fake It ’til You Make It?

Recently, I’ve received emails from several readers with the often-quoted career nugget “Fake It ’til You Make It” in their email signature. I’ve heard the phrase many times from people talking about their career strategies.

Trapped By Your Ego?

The most radical, pervasive, and earth-shaking transformation would occur simply if everybody truly evolved to a mature, rational, and responsible ego, capable of freely participating in the open exchange of mutual self-esteem. There is the ‘edge of history.’ There would be a real New Age.  - Ken Wilber - It’s a gorgeous Spring Saturday in 1997…

Workspace of the Week: Angled architecture

This week’s Workspace of the Week is a before and after look at MeAndMyPictures’ peaked platform: Before: After: The before image shows a cramped, dismal workspace with few storage options. A little bit of paint, a larger desk, and more storage cabinets (not pictured) transformed this office into a more useful, organized and happier space. From MeAndMyPictures:

Malm bed goes glam

Robin transforms the birch Malm bed into glossy glam bed. "This is our Ikea hack of a Malm bed, formerly in birch effect finish, and now a glossy black custom-looking addition to a swank bedroom in Hollywood Regency style.

The Upside of Working for Free

I know that some of you are going to get grumpy when I tell you that working for free can be good for your personal and professional development. But bear with me for a few minutes, and then you can return to your grumpiness. Here are six reasons why you’d want to do pro bono work for non-profit organizations: 1. You’re just starting out as a freelancer and your portfolio is empty.

What Do You Want to Learn During Financial Literacy Month?

I’m commandeering the “ask the readers” slot this week to recruit your help. It’s time to plan which topics to cover during Financial Literacy Month! How much do you know about money?