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By Mark Shead

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early?

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. Everyone’s looking for safe investments these days. Unfortunately, there’s a price for security: low returns.

Iron Sharpens Iron: The Power of Master Mind Groups

When success guru Napoleon Hill interviewed Andrew Carnegie, inquiring as to the secret of his success, Carnegie replied that it could be traced to the “sum total of the minds” of his business associates–his managers, accountants, chemists and so on.

Creating Your Own Second Childhood

Watching my niece playing in the garden recently made me think about life from her point of view. There I was after a long day at work, downing a Red Bull in the hope of keeping my eyes open while my mind ran through what tasks I had achieved today and what needed to be done the following day. In contrast my niece was simply “in the moment”. She was full of energy.

Day 38: How To Get Anyone To Listen To Everything You Say

You’ve seen it before and you didn’t like it. A mom lobbing verbal grenades at her obnoxious children, a husband making his point with syllables of flaming anger, or an irate customer beating a clerk into submission with the subtlety of a tsunami. When your voice erupts in a detonation of decibels, you’ve lost control.

The Best of Get Rich Slowly: November 2010

It’s been a l-o-n-g time since I remembered to do a monthly round-up here at Get Rich Slowly. (Since January, in fact.) I’d like to get back in the habit. I think this is a nice way to recap the best discussions from the past few weeks. Before I start, though, I have to confess a minor stupidity.

Video: Change Your Attiude by Making the Positive Argument.

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- this month's theme is Attitude, and last week’s resolution was to Re-frame. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

Doing the Math on Paying Cash for Cars

Quite often, I get emails from readers asking about the “best” way to purchase a particular car that they want. They have their eye on some new model and want me to essentially tell them that it’s okay to purchase it. I rarely do.

2010 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Organized gifts for kids

We’ve written in previous Gift Giving Guides about giving children experiences, consumables, and “coupons” for spending time together. We still think these are all terrific ideas — especially experiences that include museum or zoo passes, music or dance lessons, and vacations.

Day 37: 3 Simple Ways Gratitude Can Change Your Life – It Works!

What is the single biggest roadblock to your dreams? Fear. Is fear of the unknown, fear of losing control, or fear of making the wrong decision keeping you from the life you’ve been longing to live? Is your confidence being sucked dry by your fears? I have the perfect antidote – gratitude. The power of gratitude is unrivaled by any other emotion, even love.

Fold up workshop

Materials: Bekvam kitchen cart Description: I used the kitchen cart as the core of a fold up mobile woodshop or craft station. I also use the same cart for mobile tool stands after making the necessary modifications. ~ Donald Henderson, Orleans Ontario Canada

Identifying bad processes

Clutter isn’t always a result of owning too many things or being too busy, it is often caused by bad processes. For example, is your purse or wallet overflowing with receipts?

How to Make the Perfect Snowball

This post is brought to you by Goodyear. Click here to learn more about Winter Reactive Technology from Goodyear. What’s this? As a boy, whenever the forecast called for possible snow, I would eagerly leap out of bed in the morning and look out the window to see if any of the white, fluffy stuff-white gold really-had fallen while I slumbered.

Making It All Work – Getting Perspective at Fifty Thousand Feet: Purpose and Principles

This is the seventeenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. Why am I here? What is the purpose of my life? How do I achieve that purpose? At first glance, these seem like rather vague questions.

Building a Freelance Career in the Classical Music Industry

Photo credit: Rures on Flickr Following on from my last post on Building Image, once you have completed the suggested excises, you should have a good idea as to who you are and how you want to present yourself to your future adoring public. Perhaps you see yourself as an aspiring classical music sex symbol, a romantic Bohemian traveler or contemporary superstar.

Bookcase with scratching post and hammock

Materials:Expedit Bookcase, LACK Wall shelf, Shelves Carriers, Material from an old scratching post Description: I took an Expedit bookcase and a LACK wall shelf to create a storage cabinet which also functions as a cat playground. ~ Siebrenna