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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Freelance Radio, Episode 28: Planning

The twenty-eighth episode of Freelance Radio, the official FreelanceSwitch podcast, is now available!

Ask Unclutterer: What should I do with old journals?

Reader Kelly submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer:

The Intelligent Investor: “Margin of Safety” as the Central Concept of Investment

This is the twenty-first (and last) in a weekly series of articles providing a chapter-by-chapter in-depth “book club” reading of Benjamin Graham’s investing classic The Intelligent Investor. Warren Buffett describes this book: “I read the first edition of this book early in 1950, when I was nineteen. I thought then that it was by far the best book about investing ever written.

Ask the Readers: How Do You Organize Your Account Information?

Between my personal accounts, my business accounts, and the joint accounts I have with my wife, it’s difficult for me to keep track of my essential information. As we’ve been working to refinance our house, for example, there have been several times I’ve had to dig for needed account numbers and statements. I’m not the only one with this problem.

Workspace of the Week: Garage wonderland

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Jake Loupe’s well-organized garage:

6 Warning Signs of a Problem Client

Have you ever had a project that turned out to cause way more stress that it was worth? Of course you have. We all have. Most of the time you’re left saying “Why didn’t I see this coming?” Here are some early warning signs of a problem project and some tips for upgrading them from hopeless to profitable. 1. “I tried doing it myself, but…”

Getting arrested in DC--or not

I wanted to put in one last plug for Monday, March 2nd's Capital Climate Action, which begins at 1PM at Spirit Park of Justice (C St. SW and Capitol St SE, two blocks west of Capitol South Metro):Join thousands of people in a multi-generational act of civil disobedience at the Capitol Power Plant — a plant that powers Congress with dirty energy and symbolizes a past

Why You Should Think About Encouraging Others to Be Brilliant

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. It is a beautiful thing to create, to produce, to go out there in the world and make a contribution. But it is just as important, if not more so, that we help others to do the same — that we teach others to create and produce, that we encourage them, that we support them and help them to succeed.

Daily Links: Hard Times Edition

I’ve been on a productive tear lately. I’ve banked a lot of future Get Rich Slowly posts, but still have more in me. As a result, I’m starting to share guest posts with other sites, something I haven’t done for a while. First up: 10 essential money skills for a bad economy over at Zen Habits. Elsewhere around the web, these stories have caught my eye:

Happiness: Putting the Flashlight on the Second Shelf of My Coat Closet.

Something that always cheers me up – when I can muster the energy to do it – is to tidy up. I find it relaxing to put things away, and the resulting order calms my mind. Chucking junk mail, putting dirty clothes in the hamper, arranging everything to fit in the medicine cabinet…these kinds of activities never fail me.

Yup, I Got Hitched!

Photo: Emily Helen, Best Kauai Wedding Photographer On Feb 12th at 4pm, under the warm glow of the afternoon sun and feeling the refreshing sea breeze, I got married to Jeremy on the beautiful Moloa’a beach in a small and intimate ceremony administered by my dad, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. (photos here)

8 Harsh Truths that Will Improve Your Life

They say life is what we make of it. By the end of this post, I hope to have helped you decide whether that statement is true or not.There is no doubt that life has its ups and downs. However, how we deal with them can sometimes make all the difference. Today I want to share eight harsh truths that I've come to learn from life.

The “Challenge”

A few days ago, I Will Teach You to Be Rich posted an article entitled Trent says The Scrooge Strategy is “short-sighted” — I respond with a challenge. The basic point of the post was that an average person is better off spending an hour eliminating their big bills instead of focusing on little frugal tips.

Lessons from Improv #3: Failing is Good

After discovering improvisational theater at her high school’s Annual Thespian Festival--which she assures is not a joke--Kimmy Gatewood became obsessed. She followed her obsession through college and eventually to New York, seeking out every possible improv teacher and experience she could find along the way.