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10 Money Myths That Stop You From Making Big Money: Myth 1

PickTheBrain is proud to present a 10 Part series, written by Deborah S. Nelson of Author Your Dreams. Money Myth 1:  “I Can’t Afford It!” Can’t afford It.” How many times do we repeat this in a day?

What to Do When You Can’t Possibly Prepare Enough

Ellen writes in with a very difficult story: I am a huge fan of yours and have used much of your advice to simplify the money matters in my family, but my family is currently in a crisis that I have never seen discussed on your site. In early April, my family was in a severe car accident. We were driving my mother’s van at the time and we were t-boned by a hit & run driver.

Billy doors = picture frames

Materials: Billy Olsbo, cardboard boxes, exacto knife, tacks, hammer, custom mats, art Description: While perusing the discount section of Ikea, I found these Billy Olsbo glass doors (which appear to be discontinued) for $2/ea and immediately saw use for them as picture frames. I had an entire calender of botanical art that I have been saving to frame for awhile now.

Did Your Parents Make You Take Piano Lessons? If So, Have They Made You Happier?

I’ve been thinking a lot about my urge to sign up my children for lessons -- piano lessons, Tae Kwon Do, etc. I feel extremely lucky that I can choose to provide lessons for my daughters -- that I can afford to do it. Absolutely! But is it a good idea? I'd like to hear adults' reflections on their own experiences with lessons.

‘Self-control is an exhaustible resource’

Fast Company magazine recently conducted an interview on their website with Dan Heath, author of the book Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard. In the video (which is also transcribed), Dan explains why changes in behavior are so difficult: Psychologists have discovered that self-control is an exhaustible resource.

Reader Mailbag: John Wooden

This past weekend, one of my heroes passed away. I’ll memorialize him with five of my favorite quotes from him. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you.

Is English cluttered? Simplified English supporters think so

Living in Washington, D.C., I have seen a decade-full of protests. They’re such regular occurrences here that I don’t really notice what people are protesting any longer. I’ll walk or drive-by the gathering crowd, oblivious to their message, and continue on my way.

Freelance Freedom #159

Delivering Happiness: Inside the Mind of Zappos’ Tony Hsieh

I first met Tony Hsieh a little over a year ago… Jenn Lim, Tony’s friend and “backup brain” was in NYC and had asked to film an interview with me for a project they were working on. About halfway through filming, Tony walked over and sat down next to Jenn, wearing a t-shirt with a zipper hoodie and jeans.

Rock and moss filled glass vases as table legs

Materials: Moss, rocks and square glass vases Description: We filled square glass vases with moss and rocks and used them as legs for TV stand, Besta Jagra. ~ Shona


Materials: IKEA PS Cabinet (without wheels), PC parts and wires. Description: This is maybe more a proof of concept than a full blown, elegant hack. We have a Home Theatre PC, used for recording tv shows, watching movies, storing our music, photos and so on. After we became parents, I had to find a way to keep my son's curious little hands away from the delicate hardware.

Frugal Babe, Rich Life

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. “A rich life without a lot of money.” — That’s the tagline of a blog I’ve read almost as long as I’ve been reading Get Rich Slowly, and long before I had an emergency fund or paid off my consumer debt. Frugal Babe (FB) is the blog of a 31-year-old woman living in the suburbs of a fairly large city.

How Music Can Change Your Life

You all know the old adage – “Music Hath Charms to Soothe the Savage Beast” – in actuality, it has been forever misquoted – it’s really “…to soothe the savage breast” –but either way, there can be no denying music’s power to change moods, and particularly from a somber or angry one – to happier.

The Best of Business in May: 10 Posts from WorkAwesome & FreelanceSwitch

At the start of every month, we’ll be rounding up the best posts from the business network of blogs and directing you to them. Here’s the best of business in May, including articles from WorkAwesome and FreelanceSwitch. We look forward to adding the Netsetter to our round-ups after its upcoming relaunch! WorkAwesome Handling Interruptions Realistically by André Kibbe.

Finding Your Calling Part III: Why Pursue a Vocation?

This is Part III of a series about finding one’s vocation. See here for Part I and Part II. Why should a man pursue a vocation? Is it really a worthwhile endeavor? Shouldn’t a man be satisfied to work any job that supports his family and allows him to earn a living?