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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

Six Simple Factors for Successful Goal Setting

It feels good when a goal is achieved.However, the commitment and patience it takes to stick with a goal and then see it all the way to the end is not trivial. It takes courage, faith and a little goal setting know-how to keep the good feelings coming.Achieving your goals can provide the energy and the confidence needed to continue setting more goals.

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: MasterCard Acceptance Guidelines

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup.

Ask Unclutterer: Food storage containers

Reader Carla submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: After too many episodes of struggling to find a top to match a Tupperware in my mother’s kitchen I’ve decided to buy her a new set of food storage containers. Can you recommend the best type of food storage containers?

Workspace of the Week: A revamped work room

This week’s Workspace of the Week is VincentVega77’s streamlined office: I think it was the task lighting on and above the desk that initially caught my attention with this office. When you have multiple lighting options, you can adjust the illumination to fit your mood and keep you on task.

Use Up What You Have.

I'm working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now.

How to Reclaim Your Attention

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. Awhile back I (a bit ironically perhaps) tweeted this message: Consider what you give your attention to each day. It’s a precious resource, & determines the shape of your life. This seemed to strike a chord with many people, who I think are feeling overwhelmed these days.

Frugality and Moving On to New Values

Over the last few days, I’ve had several interactions with readers who are heavily concerned about the healthiness of their food and other chemical items they bring into their home. In general, these people subscribe to the “five ingredients or less” school of eating, meaning they don’t bring home any food item that has more than five ingredients in it.

"McQueen" play kitchen

Michele gave her boy a McQueen kitchen. It's a fabulous alternative to the fairy tale play kitchens we've seen so far. "I got the idea after seeing so many inspiring play kitchens on the Ikea hacker website.

The Perils and Plusses of a Persistent Project

As a freelancer, I’ve tackled plenty of projects. Not all have been enjoyable, naturally, but I’ve been able to keep a steady flow of work.

Living Like No One Else

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about a quote from J.D.’s review of The Total Money Makeover: Printed on the bottom of every page…is the book’s motto: “If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.” My husband and I recently made an unusual decision, and I’m in need of a motto that I can repe

Maximizing Your Productivity Throughout the Day

“Into The Bloom” courtesy of PopArtMachine I’m sure you’ve noticed that a lot gets said about productivity – not just here on Pick the Brain, but around the web.


The Guggenheim Museum in NYC asked me to write something on progress for one of their exhibitions:2009 had cooler cell phones than 2008. 2010 has cooler cell phones than 2009. 2011 will have even cooler cell phones than 2010. That won't be progress. Year in, year out, we have cooler cell phones. If it's the same year in, year out, how can it be progress?

Man Knowledge: An Affair of Honor-The Duel

Editor’s note: This post was co-written by Chris Hutcheson and Brett McKay.ShareIn our modern age, solving a problem by asking a dude to step outside is generally considered an immature, low class thing to do.But for many centuries, challenging another man to a duel was not only considered a pinnacle of honor, but was a practice reserved for the upper-classes, those deemed by society to be t

Why Entrepreneurs Should Eat Their Young

Ever hear stories about animals eating their young and wonder…WTF?! Bank voles do it, house finches do it, wolf spiders do it (I honestly don’t what any of those are). Many species of fish even do it.

Preparing for a Long Decline

On the conference call I had last night with Vicki Robin, one of the listeners (I believe his name was Crispin) brought up an interesting topic of conversation. In a world where globalization is a fact and many jobs can easily be moved anywhere in the world thanks to the power of the internet and the information economy, we’re gradually going to see a global marketplace.