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By Brett Kelly

Ten Big Mistakes #7: Stuff Without the Time to Enjoy It

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

Client Follow-Up: Getting Your “Duck-Ins” in a Row

Sometimes, you’ve gotta be that “in your face” type of freelancer. By that, I mean client follow-up. You may have to duck in and check up on clients to make sure you’re getting the work. Especially in business, the early bird gets the worm.

What’s keeping you from climbing Kilimanjaro?

While having tea with my aunt a few weeks ago, she told me the story about how she climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro when she was in her 20s. I’d never heard this story before, and my jaw dropped numerous times as she shared the once-in-a-lifetime experience with me.

Free Money-Management Spreadsheet

Whenever I write about personal-finance programs, there’s always a large contingent of GRS readers who chime in to say they prefer the do-it-yourself method. Rather than go with pre-packaged money-management software like Quicken or Mint, they prefer to track their accounts with a home-brewed spreadsheet.

Thoughts on creating positive change in your organization

This weekend I worked with a group junior staff at a certain organization. Part of what we did was workshop what could be done to make their organization more eco-effective or even--a word I like better--"regenerative." The group elected four representatives to approach senior staff with ideas. I sensed frustration in them and sent them the note below.

The Myth of More: Why It Won’t Make You Happier

Photo Credit: Gabrielle Esperdy We’re taught that, in almost every area of life, having more is the key to happiness. Not satisfied with your job? That’s because you want more money. Unhappy with your home? You want more space. Bored of your gadgets and DVDs and computer games?

Measuring the Man: How to Measure Yourself for Clothing (Plus a Bonus Personal Sizing Card)

This series is supported by Gillette. Learn more about Gillette and its products at Gillette.com. The other day I walked into J.C. Penney’s to pick up a white oxford shirt.

Ten Big Mistakes #6: Children Have Huge Financial Ramifications

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

Do You Have Happy Memories of a Place Associated with Your Grandparents?

A few days ago, over on the Facebook Page, I asked the question, “What childhood places were most important to you?” I answered, “For me, the Plaza library in Kansas City.

Five Easy Ways to Safely Vent

Have you ever had one of those days where everything was going wrong?  You missed a deadline, you lost a good client, an oft-promised cheque still hasn’t arrived, final notice on your cable bill came today, the client isn’t buying into the concept, your spouse is upset, your dog has fleas, and to top it all off – you just dropped your bread, and it landed butter side down.  Worst Monday ev

Drifting away from mental clutter

One of our Unclutterer readers on Twitter sent me a link to Paul Graham‘s recent article “The Top Idea in Your Mind.” In this article, Graham discusses clearing clutter from your mind so that you can let your meandering thoughts be filled with ideas that are the most important to you. From his article: I think most people have one top idea in their mind at any given time.

The Four Burners Theory - Your Thoughts?

Following our 99% interview, Chris Guillebeau looks at "The Four Burners Theory" and work-life balance.

A Simple Question to Jump-Start Your Finances

Spoiler alert: What would you do if, starting tomorrow, your income was immediately cut in half?

ToneCheck Test Drive: Spots "Unprofessional" Email

Make sure your email's intended tone is getting across with ToneCheck. "Check yourself before you wreck yourself."

Reader Mailbag: Local Flavor

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Investing for five year goals 2. Music career crossroads 3. The price of fame 4. First steps with no credit 5. Buying a foreclosed home 6. Which retirement option is best? 7. Pet allergies and family 8.