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By Trent Hamm

Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #4: Man Stories with Dan Kern

Welcome back to another edition of the Art of Manliness podcast. In this week’s episode, we return to our “Man Stories” series where we interview a different man every other week and ask him what manliness means to him. This week our guest is Dan Kern. Dan hails from Winnipeg, Canada and he works as a voice actor.

The Challenge – and the Advantage – of Going Minimal

A few days ago, an article about minimalist money appeared at Get Rich Slowly, in which the guest author (Leo) advocated going strongly minimal with your spending – opting out of consumerism as much as humanly possible, cutting every optional service, and essentially starting again from a blank slate. Some of the readers unsurprisingly reacted negatively to this idea.

Happiness Is...A Good Discussion About Happiness.

I’m a huge fan of book groups, and I’m in three, myself. In two of my book groups, we read children’s literature – the first group got so large that we had to close it, so I started another one. I’m also in a group where we read adult fiction or non-fiction.

Five Ways to Find Time to Live Healthily

Whether it's because we're unorganized, unmotivated, or simply over-tasked, we’re all too busy. If I were to ask you to dedicate an extra hour each day for something, you'd laugh and call me crazy. However, what if I asked for a fraction of that? What if I wanted 30 minutes of your day and promised that the time investment would actually increase your productivity each day?

What Is Your Current Work Zone?

If you are really focused on expanding your capabilities, your salary is probably a secondary motivation when it comes to employment. Your major motivation is going to be your learning and growth opportunities.

5 Insider Secrets For Writing With Confidence

I’m a professional writer. I work for blogs and the occasional magazine, and in the past I’ve written for clients who wanted website copy. My fiction has also been published, including a couple of competition prizes.

Cool it with this media unit

Matt supercools the his new media storage unit made from Efektiv office wall cabinets. "I recently moved into a new efficiency apartment and I though I would try to contain the mess of wires that go along with an entertainment center. I noticed this hacked TV stand so I did the same thing but added on a little.

Celebrity decluttering: Barbra Streisand

Singer-actress extraordinaire Barbra Streisand will be auctioning off more than 500 of her belongings October 17-18 and the proceeds of the auction will be going to charity. CNN reporter Kareen Wynter asked Barbra why she chose to purge her things: Barbra Streisand: We really never possess anything — I mean, not forever.

Reader Mailbag #84

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. How do you minimize distractions while you’re working?

Is Your Mind Holding You Back?

When setting goals, checking off items on the to-do list, or simply going to the grocery store, bumps are bound to come up along the way. Clearly I don't have to tell you that; the challenges we face everyday are not uncommon. What I want to question is a little deeper than that: Is your mind causing these bumps?

Six Tips to Saving on Tax Preparation Fees

By Marla Walters It is a common human trait to procrastinate about things we dread, like getting our taxes done. Most of us read tips every year on how to save on our income taxes — but I wondered, could I also be paying less in preparation fees? I posed these six questions to my C.P.A. What is your number one tip for saving money on your fees? In a word: organization.

How to Defeat Burnout and Stay Motivated

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jeffrey Tang of The Art of Great Things. “Do what you love.” We’ve all heard this advice before. It’s great advice, though not many people truly take it to heart. But sometimes doing what you love isn’t enough to keep you going. Inspiration, passion, and motivation are difficult things to hold on to.

Freelance Freedom #126

To Build Wealth You Must Spend Less Than You Earn

This is the third of a thirteen-part series that explores the core tenets of Get Rich Slowly. “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness.

Keep notes close with a pocket briefcase

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a huge fan of using 3×5 cards to capture and organize tasks and ideas, but they can be somewhat inconvenient to use.