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Dumb Little Man

By Jay White

11 Steps Toward Developing a Superior Mind

Great success in life is usually the result of taking advantage of rare opportunities. So success is most likely to come to those who are prepared to take advantage of opportunities. One of the most important aspects of being prepared for any opportunity is making an intentional effort to avoid becoming dumb.

Hand embroidered Svenning chair

Helga gets crafty with her Svenning chair. The fabric is simply gorgeous. She says, "I embroidered some fabric I got from the offcuts bin in John Lewis (a big chain of department stores in the UK, who sell good stuff, including lovely fabrics). Then I used it to recover my Svenning Desk Chair, which was getting worn and very, very uncomfortable.

6 Lessons I Learned About Being a Man from Growing Up Fatherless

Editor’s note: Today we finish up our run of father-themed posts with an article from a different perspective. While having an awesome dad can help you become an awesome man, growing up fatherless can also motivate you to become better than your dad was. Andrew Galasetti used his less then perfect childhood as a springboard into honorable manliness. Mr.

Unitasker Wednesday: USB microwave

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! This week’s unitasker is specifically for our England-based readers. Sure, you’re across the pond, but that doesn’t seem to keep you free from lovely items such as: Yes, it’s a USB microwave from Heinz.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 In case of …No one likes to think about the macabre, but you should have a file put together in case of an emergency. Make your own shoe rackOne of the entries to our house has a rather tight space where we currently keep our shoes. The big picture: Organizing work filesEventually, you’ll leave your job. The six way opener multi-taskerA fun multi-tasker that has six ways to open

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Book Club Edition

Given the very positive (overall) comment, email, and Twitter response to my idea of bringing back the “book club” idea for a handful of books, along with many similar suggestions for it, I’m going to follow the crowd with most of those suggestions.

Build a Location Independent Business: Course Review

Digital nomadry, location independence, beach front business in Saint Lucia—call it what you will, freelancers worldwide have long aspired to take their business with them and hit the road. But there is a great deal of planning and preparation that goes into working remotely. Just having a laptop, plane ticket, and a moleskin full of dreams does not guarantee success.

Estate Planning 101: Preparing for the Possible — and the Inevitable

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the advisor for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. We interrupt this regularly cheerful website to bring you some unpleasant news: You’re not going to live forever.

Freelance Camp Santa Cruz

The San Francisco Bay area’s annual FreelanceCamp is coming Saturday, August 15 to a beach in gorgeous Santa Cruz! FreelanceCamp is a community-driven conference that will connect, educate, motivate and inspire freelancers and startup entrepreneurs looking to grow a business. Venue: Downtown Santa Cruz, CA Date: Saturday August 15, 2009 Time: 8am – 6pm + after party Cost: $25 or free if y

FranklinCovey briefcase giveaway

The wonderful people at FranklinCovey recently contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in giving away a briefcase to one of our readers. Compared to most of the offers I get to give things away, this is definitely the most expensive offer we’ve ever had.

Five Ways to Boost Your Work Performance - Outside the Office

Unless you’re just counting down the days till you can quit, chances are, you want to do well in your job. Perhaps you’re making an effort to manage your time well in the office, to network with colleagues, and to bring energy and enthusiasm to your projects.

What comes around goes around

Here is some old wisdom truth about harming the shared habitat that we all depend upon for our health, happiness and security.Our sages taught:A man should not move stones from his ground to public ground.A certain man was moving stones from his ground onto public ground when a pious man found him doing so and said to him, “Fool, why do you move stones from ground which is not yours to ground wh

30 Days to a Better Man Day 17: Talk to 3 Strangers

Ever since many of us were little kids, we were told to never talk to strangers. While this was done out of a concern for our safety, many men have carried this mantra over into adulthood. In the United States, we’ve even mythologized the idea of the strong, silent man that keeps to himself. The reality, though, is that history’s greatest men were some of it’s most social.

LifeDev Roundup: Everything You Need to Take Better Breaks

Photo by AmUnivers Ah yes. It’s almost officially Summer, and hopefully things are starting to slow down for you. Summer is the time for barbecues, baseball games, vacations, going to the lake or pool, and in general having more fun.

The Simple Fitness Rules

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. Health and fitness are usually made to seem too complex. If you read a lot of fitness magazines and blogs (as I often do), you’re told a confusing variety of complex advice. It makes your head spin. You’re told that eggs, butter and meat are bad for you. Then another crowd will tell you those same things are actually good.