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By Trent Hamm

Welcome to the Era of Creative Meritocracy

What if the most talented people had the best chance of succeeding? Scott Belsky on why merit-based opportunity is the future of the creative industries

How to Take Criticism

Photo of Gala Darling by Chloe By Oleg Mokhov “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” ~ Winston Churchill Criticism is crucial for personal improvement. It’s the most direct way to find out what you should improve on.

Ten Big Mistakes #8: Credit Card as Emergency Fund

Along my financial journey in life, I made a great number of mistakes.

Varde Shelf Duck/Bath Light Swan

Materials: Varde Shelf/6 light strip light/Plexiglass Description: We remodeled our bath with Ikea GODMORGON series and couldn't find a light fixture we liked that fit the budget. As I debated the design dilemma our son, Michael offered to design/build one.

5 Common Happiness Mistakes -- "Boosters" That Actually Do More Harm Than Good.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 5 happiness boosters that actually do more harm than good. Everyone has a few tricks for beating the blues – things you do when you’re feeling down to try to boost your mood. I've found out from long experience, however, that several of the most popular strategies don’t actually work very well in the long term.

Having Fun: Imagine the Perfect Freelancer’s Tool

Imagine it: you’ve been given the chance to look into the future and bring back one tool that will help you be the Best. Freelancer.

UDDEN hacked as His and Hers shoe rack

Materials: 2 UDDEN Kichen Cabinets, drill, toggle bolts Description: In my rental unit I had a nice entry but no coat closet to hide my shoes in. The standard skinny shoe racks never appealed to my eyes from the design perspective. They screamed "shoes". And I decided to create my own shoe something.

Productivity501 Design Update

I’ve updated the design of Productivity501, please check it out and let me know what you think.  In particular, let me know if you see anything that looks wrong or needs fixed. The design is similar to the original so you may not notice too many changes.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Musings on apologies and uncluttered speechWhen I read Bezos’ apology, I was impressed by how direct, sincere, and uncluttered it was. Color-coded storage solves bathroom confusionThe Rubbermaid company offers some terrific advice on their website for sharing a bathroom in their Back-to-School section. Print photographs have been scanned: Now what?I look at the boxes of photographs tha

Power of Routines

Routines are a simple method to guarantee that you do the same thing at the same time in the same way every day.  Routines allow you to decide ahead of time what you are going to do, make the decision once, and then spend all of your effort executing rather than pondering what you should do next.

11 Ways To Get Rid Of The Hiccups!

Hiccups might be a cute or funny bodily reaction, but when you’re experiencing them, they’re nothing but annoying. These not-so-pleasant spasms that make you say, “hic,” are the involuntary contractions of the diaphragm and sudden closure of your vocal cords. According to MayoClinic.com, hiccups can occur after drinking alcohol, eating a large meal or getting suddenly excited.

To Dream, Perchance to Sleep

Turns out that if you sleep few hours during the week, "catching up" just provides a false sense of recovery.

Write Your First Email Line Like a Tweet to Grab Interest

Tweeting has taught us much about importance of attention-grabbing. Why not write your first email line like a tweet?

Unitasker Wednesday: Potato Chip Finger

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! There are folks out there who don’t like picking up potato chips with their hands. Chips are greasy! Your hands could be dirty! And if you have a cut, the salt can sting!

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Memorizing Poetry Edition

All through my life, I’ve spent time memorizing various poems. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. anyone lived in a pretty how town by e. e. cummings. Pioneers! O Pioneers! by Walt Whitman (probably my favorite). I like the way the sounds roll off the tongue and paint pictures. I like reciting them (or pieces of them) to my children.