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By John Wesley

7 Steps To Turn ‘Failure’ Into Success

"Glitch" courtesy of Luiza O.S @Flickr Chances are you've got success on the brain if you're reading this article.  You've set your goals, you're on your way to achieving your dreams.  But they're not coming as fast as you would like.  You're ready for it to all come true right now.  You set a deadline to reach your goal, but it just didn't happen in that timeframe.  And now you feel a litt

Nice Skinsuit, Buddy! Tips on Training for an Ironman

Image from merfamEditor’s note: This is a guest post from Jim Hodgson.A quick delve into the history of Ironman is enough to inspire in anyone either awe or craven nerdy-ness. This is due to the fact that perhaps the manliest endurance contest in the world shares a name with a cartoon character. Please note that this guide will not help you become Ironman.

Children and Excess

My two children are extremely blessed in many ways. Perhaps their greatest blessing is that they’ve surrounded by a family that loves them dearly and truly cares about their future in a deep, fundamental way – and I’m not merely talking about myself. I’m talking about their grandparents, their aunts and uncles, even some of their cousins.

Check Your Federal Tax Refund Status

For years, I loved to get a tax refund. In fact, it seemed the only way I could save was by having extra withheld from my paycheck so that I’d get a big refund at the end of the year. Using this method, I was able to buy a new computer, a new bike, and all sorts of other toys.

Warning: TurboTax Missing Minnesota Tax Info

By Elizabeth Sanberg Rarely do I get to a point where I’m so frustrated I could cry. But that’s where I sit right now. I have spent 120 minutes trying to help a company I like (TurboTax) fix a glitch in their system. But, after these two hours I failed at helping them understand the problem and was even hung up after waiting on hold for 45 minutes.

Eleven Tips for Boosting Your Sense of Quiet Focus.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: eleven tips for boosting your sense of quiet focus. We all know the feeling of being overwhelmed, of being beset by distractions. The problem is – too many things are clamoring for your attention. People are trying to reach you, by phone, email, text, Twitter, IM, or old-fashioned yelling up the stairs.

Privacy and Technology

There is a current court case that involves a school that provides laptops for its students. The students are allowed to take the laptops home. These laptops had video cameras, and the school would occasionally activate the webcam of a laptop to try to figure out where it was. They activated the camera of high school student Blake Robbins and took a picture.

Best of Personal Finance: How to Make Coconut Milk Kefir

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we give you stunning detail into how to make your own coconut milk kefir, some tips for saving money when you move, and 3 easy ways to create a greener kitchen! Top 5 Articles How to Make Coconut Milk Kefir — If you wanted to know about Coconut milk kefir, this is the article to read.

Unitasker Wednesday: Specialized steak branding irons

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! When March rolls onto the calendar, I begin preparations for the coming warmer weather months. I plant seedlings for my garden, wipe down the patio furniture, and clean up the grill.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Can a person clutter up his time by constantly uncluttering?What can we learn from Sisyphus and the economic law of diminishing returns about decluttering and organizing? Spherical minimalist livingCould you take up residence in a minimalist sphere? RSS feeds: A primerIf you don’t know what an RSS feed is, then this post is for you. Increase productivity with voice recognition software

The Lost Practice of Resting One Day Each Week

He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities. – Benjamin Franklin Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist. Ask any physician and they will tell you that rest is essential for physical health. When the body is deprived of sleep, it is unable to rebuild and recharge itself adequately.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Single Weekend Edition

A weird sequence of events has caused me to find myself all alone over the coming weekend. My wife is visiting her sister, while my two children are visiting their grandparents.

Four steps for making more time for what matters most to you

Today we welcome a guest post and many terrific suggestions from Annabel Candy who regularly blogs about productivity and self improvement at Get In the Hot Spot. How often do you hear people say they don’t have enough time?

Storytelling and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

I confess, I’m obsessed… Strike that. Possessed. With the art of storytelling. It’s why I’m about to spend four 10-hour days in a NYC workshop led by Robert McKee called simply Story next week.

The Hidden Cost of Spending While In Debt

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker, who recently released an 83-page guide entitled Unautomate Your Finances. Courtney and I are big fans of what we call “mental filters”. These are simple little tips and tricks that we can use to increase our financial awareness. (J.D.