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By Leo Babauta

Let go of the past from your wardrobe

Yesterday, I finally got up the nerve to say farewell to what was left of my corporate wardrobe. No longer taking up space in my closet are suits, long-sleeve collared shirts, or “business casual” sportswear.

LINK: 11 Rules for Moguls in Training | Jonathan Fields

Jonathan Fields, Career Renegade Extraordinaire, posted a little gem the other day. He literally saves you from reading thousands of books.

24 Ways to Save Money Today

A big part of successful frugality is the routine with which you live your day-to-day life. Here are twenty four little things that you can incorporate into your daily routines that just trim a little money away from your spending – and puts it into something more important to you. 1. Brush your teeth. An unclean mouth is a perfect place for unwanted bacteria and germs to take root.

David Skokna: There’s No Such Thing as a B-Team

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Leveraging Your Blog to Promote Your Services

If you’re like many creative freelancers, you have a blog. And being the diligent type that you are, it’s updated at least once a week. But here’s the bad news: There are a lot of other blogs out there. Which means that you’ll have to work hard to make yours stand out. Oh, no.

Knocking Out the Beliefs That Hold You Back

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. A college professor once told my journalism class that freelance writing is something you should do on the side. It’s not anything you could make a living at full-time.  I graduated and worked at an office job until I decided I wanted to become self-employed and do something that would give me more free time to write.

Video tour of Jay Shafer’s 96-square-foot house

We’ve written before about Jay Shafer’s 96-square-foot house. We recently came across the following new YouTube video of him giving a tour and we’re particularly impressed by the amount of storage space: If you would like to see more pictures of very small dwellings, check out Jay Shafer’s book.

How to Become More Intelligent

Intelligence is your capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding and mastery. It’s your aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts and meanings.Knowing a great deal is not the same as being intelligent; intelligence is not information “alone,” but also judgment, the manner in which information is collected and used. -Dr.

Loose weight with the trash-free food diet

I was just at a trash summit put together by the Alice Ferguson Foundation. The Foundation teaches kids about the outdoors and environmental stewardship, but the problem was that they were getting all this trash washed up on their property on the banks of the Potomac River.

Alain de Botton: A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success

An argument for redefining success through a personal lens, as opposed to through the culturally promoted ideals of meritocracy, envy, and binaries.

Lessons in Manliness: Jimmy Stewart

Share “His type is as normally average as the hot dog and pop at Coney Island. He is good looking without being handsome, quiet without being a bore, ambitious without taking either himself or his job too seriously and unassuming without being dull. Stewart’s growing appeal has sometimes been difficult to peg. He’s no Gable and certainly has none of the qualities of a Valentino.

Daily Links: 11,643 Words Edition

Whew! It took a long time — nine days instead of the scheduled seven — but I finally finished the frugality chapter for my book. Do you know how difficult it is to compress that topic into a single chapter? It’s worth an entire book by itself! The version I just submitted to my editor is 11,643 words and includes April’s should I buy it? flowchart.

Eight Tips for Feeling More Energetic.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Eight tips for feeling more energetic. Feeling energetic is a key to feeling happy. Studies show that when you feel energetic, you feel much better about yourself.

Revising and Reworking a Failed Financial Plan

In 2003, shortly after getting married, I had an ambitious goal of saving for a 20% down payment on a house by the end of 2007. Over the next year, I did make some savings progress, but I kept falling behind my milestones. Eventually, fed up with myself, I gave up and more or less just spent the money freely.

Interview: Productivity Tool

In our interview series we asked a number of people the following: What do you feel is your most important productivity tool?(1532) The metaphorical axe – no bit of software or technology would help me if I didn’t know how to constantly remove anything from my life that is getting in the way of living in a balanced and productive manner. Joel Falconer (rss) The word “No”