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By Leo Babauta

Who's in a Starring Role, Who's in a Walk-On Role? All of Us.

Years ago, my husband and I fixed up a very close friend with another friend. They fell in love, it was great. But within a few years, he got sick. She stood by him through it all. Then he died. It was awful. And it was very, very hard on our friend. It was a sad situation for many reasons.

Real Estate Agents: Do We Really Need Them?

By WC Porter M and I have been looking to buy our first place for just under two years now. Then our real-estate agent insulted my wife and we decided to put the search on hold (besides, we need to save more money). The incident with our agent, along with the whole search process, got me thinking about why we even need these people to "represent us" when we buy and sell homes.

How to Pick Yourself Up When You’re Utterly Demotivated

Some mornings, you don’t want to get out of bed. Your goals and projects don’t fire you with enthusiasm – they make you feel exhausted. It seems like you’ve been working on them forever, and you still have a long way to go. You feel like you’re beating your head against a brick wall. You’re not making progress – or you’re forcing yourself onwards with gritted teeth, if you are.

The Breath of God Inspiration Method

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” -Vincent van Gogh Post written by Leo Babauta.

Reader Mailbag #85

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. I especially like the fact that your website has minimal ads.

Unclutter Your Life in One Week: Your questions answered

The following are the most common questions I have received about Unclutter Your Life in One Week since I signed the contract to write it almost a year ago. If I don’t answer your questions in this post, feel welcome to leave them in the comments.

Freelance Freedom #127

Pay Yourself First

This is the fourth of a thirteen-part series that explores the core tenets of Get Rich Slowly. One of the oldest rules of personal finance is the simple admonition to pay yourself first. All the money books tell you to do it. All the personal finance blogs say it, too. Even your parents have given you the same advice. But it’s hard. That money could be used someplace else.

The lowdown on the Expedit TV unit

Tess (and Patrick) share the latest project they undertook to convert a boxy Expedit TV unit into a low slung one. "My husband Patrick thought we'd share the latest project we undertook a few weeks ago! We bought the Expedit TV Storage Unit in 2007. It did a great job not only holding our TV and book/DVD collection, but hiding an ugly fireplace in our living room.

ActiveDen and Activetuts – New Names, Same Awesome Content

For just over three fantastic years FlashDen has been the jewel in Envato’s crown.

WikiReader – Wikipedia in your pocket

A $99 device that lets you carry all of Wikipedia around in your pocket:  WikiReader Follow Productivity501 on Twitter.. ---Related Articles at Productivity501:The Noguchi Filing SystemOffice in a BagOne Laptop Per ChildThe Causes of a Messy DeskPerception of Authority

Becoming a Writer

Author Junot Diaz discusses his writing process, and the crushing uncertainty he had to persevere through.

Should You Accept that Assignment?

A list of 4 questions you should ask yourself before taking on more work (in the spirit of accurately assessing your commitments).

99% Conference 2010: Tickets on Sale!

We’re thrilled to announce that tickets are now on sale for the 2010 edition of the 99% Conference in New York.

99% Conference 2010: Exclusive Pre-Sale Offer

We’re pleased to announce an exclusive pre-sale offer for the 2010 edition of the 99% Conference in New York.