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By Mark Shead

Doing Great Work With Michael Bungay Stanier

Box of Crayons founder, Michael Bungay Stanier, has a pretty awesome job… He goes into companies and teaches people how to do great work. Not good work, but great, butterfly in the stomach, soaring with delight, serving the world in a powerful way work.

Freelance Freedom #144

Super easy kid's table hack

Nicole cuts the Ingo down to size for her kids. "We really wanted a kid's art table, but we werent satisfied with the kids tables sold at Ikea... way too small for 2 kids plus art supplies. Instead, we sawed the legs down on a cheap Ingo table to coffee table height...which is perfect height for the Ikea kiddie chairs. We painted it with oil based semi gloss for a durable finish.

Online Tools for Mindful Consumerism

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. For many people, mindful consumerism starts with questioning the desire to buy Stuff. The reason might be to save money or avoid clutter — maybe both. It’s the first part of a journey to differentiate needs from wants and make mindful decisions about where to spend our hard-earned money. But at some point, most of us will consume.

8 Interesting (And Insane) Male Rites of Passages From Around the World

At the heart of the modern crisis of manhood is the extension of adolescence, a boyhood which is stretching on for a longer and longer period of time. Once thought to end in a man’s 20s at the latest, men are extending their adolescence into their 30’s and in some especially sad cases, their 40’s. But in some ways it’s not their fault.

Review: Payback Time

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. A few years ago, I read and really enjoyed Phil Town’s first investment book, Rule #1 (you can read my review here). Town actually contacted me after reading my review and offered a few thoughts on my comments on the book and we exchanged a few emails over the years.

"Give Me My Scallop-Shell of Quiet..."

Give me my scallop-shell of quiet, My staff of faith to walk upon, My scrip of joy, immortal diet, My bottle of salvation, My gown of glory, hope’s true gage; And thus I’ll take my pilgrimage. -- Sir Walter Raleigh * Have you started a happiness project yourself? -- either by testing one resolution or a bunch of resolutions? Share your experience here.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Planning your perfect dayAt the beginning of every day, I set aside five minutes to plan my perfect day. It doesn’t always turn out exactly the way I expected, but it rarely gets completely uprooted.

Keeping Kids from Being Crass Consumers

I’m a goal-oriented person. With almost everything I do in life, I set a clear goal for what I want to accomplish, then I do the research needed to figure out how to get there, then I work at it tenaciously. The same is true for parenting.

Fwd: Hello!

Since we are on the subject of thesis, here's another one from Carmen, a recent graduate from the Ontario College of Art & Design Advertising programme. For her project, she whipped up a repurposing catalogue and some cheeky ads too.

Reader Story: How I Fought Lifestyle Inflation — and Won!

This guest post from Michelle is part of a new feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Every Sunday will include a reader story (in the new “reader stories” category). Some will be general “how I did X” stories, and others will be examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success. In 2001, I got a new job.

7 Characteristics of a Broken, Undefined, and Unhappy Life

We all have some characteristics that hold us back from the life we truly want to live. Motivational gurus constantly claim to have the answers and aren't shy about telling us to do this and that.If you’re reading this, then it's quite possible that those things haven’t worked for you. The problem isn’t that these motivational teachers aren’t good, because most of them are.

Is Social Networking Bad for You?

Image courtesy of ComputerArt Using part of your other 8 hours on social networking websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter can build your human capital, but social networking has a dark side that can stifle creativity and foster narrow-mindedness if you’re not careful. Once upon a time if you had different opinions, interests, or views from the norm, you were considered odd or ma

Thinking About Another (Temporary) Life Change

As most of you know, my wife and I have two preschool-aged children and a third one on the way. From April/May of this year to September of 2011, we will have three preschool-aged children in our home, which will be an interesting experience with a lot of unique challenges. Currently, my wife works outside the home as a teacher.

Weekly Round-Up: February 20, 2010

Around the Community This Week Community Feature of the Week: Myles wrote an amazing story about how his best friend lost his dad in World War II.