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DIY Personal Finance: How to Take Control of Your Financial Life

This story originally appeared on Boing Boing in slightly different form. It’s my favorite article I’ve ever written. I’m not a trained financial professional; I don’t have a degree in finance, and I’m not a certified financial planner. I have no formal training. I’m just an average guy who was deep in debt, and finally got fed up with his situation.

9 Steps to Work Less and Do More

Like most people, my life has been spent balancing my yearning for laziness—tropical islands with fruit-flavored beverages figure heavily in my life goals—with a burning desire to achieve great things, like invent a robotic Bumble Bee. The answer has been finding ways to achieve great things, using as little work as possible.

Is Forgiveness Manly?

“No answer still. I thrust a torch through the remaining aperture and let it fall within. There came forth in return only a jingling of the bells. My heart grew sick — on account of the dampness of the catacombs. I hastened to make an end of my labour. I forced the last stone into its position; I plastered it up. Against the new masonry I reerected the old rampart of bones.

Now it's time for world leaders to follow the people on climate change

So, yesterday, on 10/10/2010, thousands upon thousands of people at over 7,000 locations around the world got to work on behalf of the planet.

Man to Man Episode #2: How to Keep a Long Distance Relationship Alive [VIDEO]

Welcome back to another episode of Man to Man. Before we get to this week’s question, I want to thank all of you who took the time to offer your input on last week’s question. The AoM community gave a ton of thoughtful and helpful advice to our man Seth. Thanks for rallying around this guy and helping him out. Now to this week’s question.

John Maeda: Looking for Superman

How do you lead a creative enterprise through crisis while trying to stay true to your core as an artist and a designer?

Review: Generation Earn

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. I really enjoy reading personal finance books that target young professionals – the one group that I believe could use the personal finance help the most.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 How I keep project clutter under controlI’m a project guy. It’s rare that I don’t have four or five small projects going on at once, and since I’m not a neat person by nature, it’s very easy for me to let clutter get out of control. About six months ago, I replaced the shelf that I was storing my printers on with Elfa drawers.

Scarcity and Abundance: Escaping the Scarcity Mentality

Recently, Barrie left a very interesting comment on The Simple Dollar Facebook page: I’d love to see something about scarcity vs abundance. I can’t seem to escape the scarcity thought bubble. The ideas of scarcity and abundance have bubbled under at The Simple Dollar for a very long time.

Linkswitch #38: Get Published, Facebook Advertising & Blogging Platforms

20 Awesome Office Designs In lieu of asking “Are Traditional Offices Dead?“, we decided to round up some inspiring office spaces. The featured companies have decided to leave the cubicle farms behind in favor of creative and offices designs.

Reader Story: Even Better Than Enough

This guest post from Louisa Rogers is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; 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. I feel deeply fortunate.

Are You Wasting Your Time Reading About Personal Development?

Walk into any bookstore, and you'll see shelves full of books about personal development. You'll know the titles of some classics, even if you've never read them: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Getting Things Done, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway ... and loads more.You've probably read some of these books, or at least come across major personal development ideas in magazines or online.

John Maeda: Looking for Superman

About this presentationRhode Island School of Design president John Maeda defines the key qualities of standout innovators - a willingness to struggle, to make mistakes, to live with ambiguity - and tackles the creative's biggest challenge: How to lead other creatives.

Why You Should Learn By Doing

Do you enjoy learning new things? I certainly do.In particular, I enjoy about learning new ways to better myself and my relationships with others. When I first started on this quest I couldn't get enough. I read about it all the time on blogs, online magazines and in books. There came a point where everything I read was just a slightly different version of the same thing.

"The Secret of Happiness Lies in Taking a Genuine Interest in All the Details of Daily Life."

“The secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” -- William Morris I'm thunderstruck by the truth of this observation. In other words, mindfulness. Always mindfulness! * Today, a reader commenting on the previous post mentioned TVTropes.org (and its addictive qualities). If you've never looked at it, check it out.