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Reader Mailbag #80

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. I have a question about savings and student loans.

How to Manage Your Ego So You Can Reach Your Full Potential

The ego is one of most self-destructive mechanisms of a person's character and his or her abilities. In fact if you look at some people who've achieved massive success only to lose it all at the end of their lives, it's almost always a function of the ego that results in this.

Lighting a Fire: How to Overcome Procrastination

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. This article is particularly relevant to my own circumstances as I begin work on my book project. I’ve been procrastinating. A lot. In fact, I liked April’s piece so much I’ve delayed my own article that I had scheduled to run this morning. I like to say that I write well under pressure, and to a degree, it’s true.

Banishing the No Momentum Monster

We want to again welcome guest author Alex Fayle, the writer and professional organizer behind the helpful anti-procrastination website Someday Syndrome.

Freelance Freedom #122

Balance Your Media Diet

WIRED magazine's re-imagining of the food pyramid, for media intake.

Back from Vacation? Don't Waste a Precious Clear Mind.

Psychology Today explores the science behind the 'aha' moment, and why a quiet mind is integral to problem solving.

The Art of the Creative Tag-Team

"If one person feels stifled that’s a ticking time bomb." Current TV’s Max Lugavere & Jason Silva on finding the right balance in a creative partnership…

The Different Types of Manliness

Source: Image from freeparking If you take the time to read the comments on our site, you’ll soon see that there isn’t always agreement on what constitutes being manly. Some say that dressing to the nines is a manly pursuit; others say that caring about your style is distinctly unmanly: “Real men don’t use umbrellas!

Do You Really Know Bill Gates? The Myth of Entrepreneur as Risk-Taker

Photo: Laughing Squid/Scott Beale Before I had to establish my no-blurb/no-review policy for books due to volume (picture: one day’s mail), I received an e-mail from Rick Smith, the founding CEO of the World 50, one of the most exclusive senior executive networking companies on the planet, with members and contributors like Bono, Francis Ford Coppola, and Phil Knight… He was intereste

More tragedy caused by the "clean" coal lies

This is a picture of the mouth of a 7-year-old boy named Ryan Massey who has the misfortune of living in a coal mining area in West Virginia. In case you missed Sunday's New York Times article "Clean Water Laws Are Neglected, at a Cost in Suffering:"[Ryan's] entire family tries to avoid any contact with the water.

How Do You Like the Blog Re-Design?

Dear Readers, Welcome to the new blog design. I hope you like it. I started my blog more than three years ago, and I loved it, but it was crowded and messy. Things weren’t organized in the most logical and efficient way, and it was beyond my tech capacity to shape them up much. So I asked for help, got a great person to take on the project and – voila!

"Live Each Season As It Passes."

“Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.” --Henry David Thoreau * Interested in starting your own happiness project? If you’d like to take a look at my personal Resolutions Chart, for inspiration, just email me at grubin, then the “at” sign, then gretchenrubin dot com.

How Simplicity Can Help Creativity, Briefly

Creativity is often made out to be a nebulous, messy, complicated, difficult thing, and it can be. But it doesn’t have to be. The judicious application of simplicity can help someone to create, whether that’s writing, creating art, designing, teaching, starting a small business, or in some other way making ideas take shape into reality. People who want to create are hampered by complic

Review: Raising Financially Fit Kids

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. It should come as no surprise to long-time readers of The Simple Dollar that I’m deeply passionate about raising my children with a strong sense of independence, self-motivation, and a strong ability to manage their own money in a sensible way.