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By Leo Babauta

Hard Work: What's It Good For?

A meme has been floating around for some time now about hard work – and how it is overrated.

This is Why Self Improvement Programs Fail and Here’s Exactly How You Can ACTUALLY Use Them to Make Your Life Better

If you’ve been trying to improve your life with the help of ‘self improvement information’ and have gotten little to no results, you’re not alone… In fact, most people who try self improvement resources fail to get the promised results. (I’m talking about self help/ development/ improvement books, audio programs, seminars and so on, from weight loss tips to ‘success skills’ to rel

Daily Links: Ain’t No Sunshine Edition

I know I’ve whined about the weather several times in the past, but I’m going to do it again. This is the coolest, wettest spring I can ever remember. We’ve had a handful of sunny days, but that’s it. The rest of the time, it’s been just like today: grey and misty. Now, as an Oregonian, I’m okay with several months of grey and misty. I like it.

Review: Who Can You Trust With Your Money?

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. A while back, I wrote an article describing an utterly painful meeting my wife and I had with a financial advisor. That meeting was painful.

The Real Reason Your Summer Energy Bills Are So High – And Seven Simple Ways to Fix It

Yes, it’s almost always painful to receive that first energy bill of the summer months.

Linkswitch #23

100 Years Of Propaganda: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Propaganda is most well known in the form of war posters. But at its core, it is a mode of communication aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position, and that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Reader Story: Social Capital and the Microeconomic Recovery

This guest post from Kimberly is part of the Reader Stories feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity, and with all sorts of incomes. On May 27th, J.D.

"A Great Humility Fused with a Great Ambition: To Be Only What I Was, But To the Utmost of What I Was."

“At these best moments a great humility fused with a great ambition: to be only what I was, but to the utmost of what I was.” –- Stephen Spender I remind myself to Be Gretchen. * If you'd like to volunteer as a Super-Fan, and help me out from time to time, you can sign up here or email me at grubin [at] gretchenrubin [.com]. Thanks!

Simple Changes Aren’t Always Simple

One of my favorite writers is Ian Rogers, who blogs about his health at Fistfulayen. In one of his best posts, he writes about his use of the L.L. Cool J workout, which eventually turns into an astute point that virtually every “healthy diet” book focuses on the same handful of seemingly simple principles. He identifies six: 1. Eat five or six times a day 2.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: June 19, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

The 5 Best Copywriting Books: An Unconventional Guide

Anytime I work with a young copywriter eager to launch their career, there always comes a time when they ask the inevitable question: “what are some good how-to books for copywriters?” The truth is, there are none.

Programs for reading online content off-line

Regular readers of Unclutterer and also of my book Unclutter Your Life in One Week know I am a huge fan of Evernote and Instapaper.

A Kid, A Tie and a Chocolate Smile

“Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.” ~Soren Kierkegaard A few years ago on the steps of the local post office, I was having one of those brutal days… Too much to do, lines everywhere and perspective a tough sell. The post office was no exception.

Vocation: Sham and Sincerity

Editor’s note: In conjunction with the series we’re currently doing on vocation and calling, we will be publishing excerpts from Self-Culture Through the Vocation by Edward Howard Griggs (1914). Sham and Sincerity If mechanical work has the limitations cited, it is what we call the higher vocations that involve just the gravest dangers, for in these we are subject to all sorts of pressures and

Summer Meal Series #3: Skillet Cilantro-Lime Chicken Fajitas and “Poor Man’s” Spanish Rice

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. One of my favorite ways to start a great meal is to look at the grocery store flyers. This week, for example, I noticed that one of the grocery stores I regularly shop at had both chicken breasts and small soft tortilla shells on sale.