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By Brett Kelly

How I Generate Extra Income by Letting Strangers Pay My Rent

This is a guest post from Rebecca Rosenfelt, the founder of RealSavvyRealEstate.com, a website devoted to demystifying the home buying process for first-time home buyers. I almost never pay the entirety of my rent. I don’t have roommates and I’ve never been evicted. In the four years I rented a one-bedroom New York City apartment, I paid the full rent only one month.

Behind The Leader: Robin Sharma on Leading Without a Title

Today’s guest on the Behind The Leader podcast series is Robin Sharma. Robin is the founder of Sharma Leadership International Inc. (SLI), a global training firm on a mission to help people in organizations Lead Without a Title. His clients include many of the best-known companies on the planet including Microsoft, Nike, FedEx, IBM, BP, KPMG and GE.

How To Effectively Change Someone’s Mind

During our lives we encounter many situations where we feel the need to change someone’s mind about something. When someone is resistant to changing their mind about something, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are stubborn or annoying but rather can simply mean that somewhere in their belief system there is something that is preventing them from believing you. In order to be able to chan

Modern Maturity: Create More, Consume Less

After doing the podcast on the “Making of Modern Immaturity” a few months ago, and reading the comments left on that post, I got to thinking about this question: “What makes a man mature anyway?” Masculine maturity used to be easy to spot and define: a man got married, sired some progeny, and got a job to support his family.

The Long Decline

Over Easter weekend, Sarah and the kids and I drove four hours to visit my parents. I always enjoy these visits because, well, I like my parents, not only because I respect and value how they raised me, but for the people that they are. One thing I couldn’t help but notice, though, is how my dad is starting to age.

On the Forums: tupperware, old photo slides, and the ‘list of fifteen’

Some great discussions are currently underway on the Unclutterer Forums: Tupperware Old Photo Slides The “List of Fifteen” Be sure to check it out and add your thoughts to the mix.

Your Intelligence – Reading, Writing & Arithmetic

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Productive meetings when participants are in different locations

Video conferencing is a simple and cost effective way to “bring” many people together for a meeting without physically bringing people together.

How To Find Your Passion

Imagine a scenario where you actually loved getting up in the morning. I’m not just talking about those occasional weekends or days off where you actually have no plans (or only plans made and loved by you). I’m talking about every single day. Before you scoff at the ridiculousness of such a concept and flick on further down your reader just stop .

Weekly Video: Buy Some Happiness.

As I mentioned a few days ago, I’m going to start posting the videos for the 2010 Happiness Challenge separately, as their own posts, so look for the new video every Tuesday. In the past, I've been cramming too much material into the posts that included the videos.

Kitchen pantry from scratch 'n dent cupboard

Edward turns a pile of as-is wood into kitchen storage. "I recognized a pile of wood in the scratch and dent area as a cupboard, which I think was from the Akurum series.

How Long Can You Stay in Your Home After You Stop Paying the Mortgage?

By Xin Lu Even though the economy seems to be getting better, the number of mortgage delinquencies is still rising. Some homeowners are choosing to walk away because their debts are much higher than what their houses are worth, and many others just cannot afford their mortgages any longer.

Am I Unhappy?

I talk to a newspaper, radio, or television reporter on the phone once a day on average. The topics vary all over the place, but they’re usually seeking a quote from the “author of 365 Ways to Live Cheap” for their article or report. Usually, my response has to do with some financial discipline. I often talk about the many ways my wife and I have cut our spending.

Guru Fatigue: Getting Paid Without Being The Wizard

I’ve been on a guru kick lately… Recently, I asked you to consider being your own guru.

Keeping In Touch with Prospective Clients

A lot of your success as a freelancer will depend on your persistence. It takes many forms – your persistence in learning and improving your skills, the persistence that’s involved in bringing a long, difficult project to completion, and the topic of this article, persistence in keeping in touch with the people who may do business with you. The Very Simple System Your Keep In Touch syste