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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

Pour lighting

This is a cute one from Evan. He says, "The lamp is made from an Ikea PS Vallo watering can and an Ikea Vedum lamp, which consists of a cluster of fiber optic cords lit by LED lights at their base. I threaded the fiber optics through the spout of the watering can so it looks like the light is pouring out of the can." The Vedum appears to be discontinued.

Top 10 Tips for Maintaining a Positive Attitude

Having and maintaining a positive attitude is vital for success in life and business. Zig Ziglar gets it right when he says, "It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude." Sure you need skills, but you can learn skills - in fact a positive attitude will make it much more likely that you will learn the skills necessary to succeed.

Back-to-school organizing

Rachel Ray’s website has nine great back-to-school organizing tips to help get your little ones ready for the new year in the article “Back To School Planning” by Katie Hetter. My favorite is the fourth tip: Organize your routine with fun daily checklists. Amanda Wiss uses checklists to teach her 3-year-old how to get ready for pre-school.

The Valuable Art of Media Swapping

Recently, I’ve been enjoying the first season of Mad Men on DVD. Literally dozens of readers had recommended to me and I picked up the DVD set with a gift certificate a month or so ago.

Refreshing Your Freelance Focus, Back-to-School Style

Every year around this time, I think of all the kids heading back to school—and I still can’t believe I’m not one of them. But I do think freelancers can benefit from this important time of year when people get refocused on school and work, and “fall” into a more steady routine.

The Quiet Millionaire

Despite what you see in the media, financial success generally doesn’t come with a lot of glitz. The wealthiest people I know are the ones you’d least expect. They’ve built their wealth slowly — and quietly. Certified financial planner Brett Wilder has observed the same thing, and has written about the phenomenon in his book, The Quiet Millionaire.

Birthday Giveaway Bundle Winners!

Envato’s birthday bash was a great success and everyone here is thankful for the wonderful community we have to celebrate such events with. Now that it’s all over, it’s time to declare the winners of the three birthday giveaway bundles! Beth J.

Cut the clutter

It’s easy to buy duplicate items that perform the same task when you don’t have a solid understanding of all the bells and whistles of what you already own.


Slate delves in to one of the human brain's most powerful drivers - seeking - and explores the effect of modern technology on this impulse.

Interview with Rob Janoff

Creativebits.org sits down with Rob Janoff, designer of the Apple logo, to discuss the design's creative inception.

Mastering the Art of Everyday Negotiations

Hint: work to understand the other group's goals.

Overcoming the Barriers to Mentorship: The Retribing Giveaway

Source: Life Editor’s note: This is a guest post by A.J Rippo. Mr. Rippo is the author of Retribing. For a chance to win his book, see the details below. Accomplished men are often heard attributing their success in part to the impact of mentors on their lives, and much has been written about the many benefits this special class of teacher can bestow.

Stick to your Workout Schedule with these Five Steps

Have you ever started on an exercise regimen, hoping to get fit, lose weight, or tone up? How long did it last? We've probably all had the experience of starting off keenly, going to the gym three or four times a week. That is until life gets busy, enthusiasm wanes, and we end up skipping just one or two workouts.

Eleven Things You Can Do Today to Fall Behind Financially

Financial success is something that’s built up slowly over time. It’s not something that happens in one giant rush (unless you’re very lucky) - instead, it’s the culmination of a lot of little choices made over many years. Every day, we’re faced with lots of choices. Good choices lead us down that path towards financial success, safety, and happiness.

What Image Suggests Happiness to You?

One of the things that's making me very happy right now is the astonishing progress of the happiness-project groups.