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By Trent Hamm

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait: The Power and Pleasure of Delayed Gratification

While I was a fat kid in middle school who couldn’t even do a single pull-up, since college my weight has been decidedly average; I am neither particularly ripped nor overweight. But my weight does fluctuate ten pounds up or down depending on how well I’m eating and working out.

"I Have No Special Talents. I Am Only Passionately Curious."

"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." -- Albert Einstein * So much great material to absorb on Brain Pickings -- "curating eclectic interestingness from culture's collective brain." * Join the happiness discussion on the Facebook Page. Lots of interesting conversation there.

Review: Enchantment

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest.

Walk the Walk Before You Talk the Talk

The other day, I was chatting with someone and I told them that I was a personal finance writer. That person’s eyes got big and they said, “You mean like Dave Ramsey?” I told them that I supposed so. She then proceeded to tell me all about how a great plan for debt repayment had really turned her life around and that everyone should be doing this.


I pulled up and waited patiently for the woman to get into her car.She’d be pulling out any moment now.Moments later, the SUV about to turn the corner some 50 feet up the road saw the same thing, and decided he had dibs. Zooming back and signaling as if he’d been there the whole time, he got out and gave me the “that’s my damn spot” wave around.

Linkswitch #59 Data Backup, Creative Design, Planning for Retirement

Backupify: The True Data Bodyguard A major USP of the cloud and SaaS apps is data security.

Reader Story: Why I Spent $5000 to See the Space Shuttle

This guest post from Elizabeth Howell is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

5 Destructive Beliefs Almost Everyone Has (And How to Overcome Them)

Have you ever seen a friend or a loved one completely sabotage their success? Of course, we all have. As a friend, we're there on the sidelines trying to help them but they are so blind to their surroundings and so set in their ways that they are like a run away train that nothing can slow down.That’s often a negative belief at work.

Manvotional: He Done His Damdest

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I Don’t Want to Be Your Client. I Don’t Want to Be Your Lender. I Want to Be Your Friend.

Let me make it simple. I do not like mixing financial relationships with friendships. I do not want to be friends with the person that is selling me a product. I do not want to be friends with my banker. At the same time, I don’t want my friends to be selling me products or asking me for loans.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #9

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Winston Churchill on environment “You shape your houses and then they shape you.” – Winston Churchill You choose your friends, but then their continued presence influences you and alters your direction.

The GRS Garden Project: February 2011 Update

Welcome to the GRS Garden Project. Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for February 2011. (Here are the results for 2008 and the results for 2009. We rested in 2010.) Spring is around the corner. I think.

Improve Your Marriage: Schedule a Marriage Check Up

Love is in the air . . . or is it? How strong is your marriage or relationship with your significant other? You may think you know, but are you sure? What would your spouse say? The strength of your relationships is more important than any investment you’ll ever own.

Engineering a “Muse” – Volume 3: Case Studies of Successful Cash-Flow Businesses

One common challenge for readers of The 4-Hour Workweek is the creation of a “muse”: a low-maintenance business that generates significant income.

From Ray Bradbury: "Love What YOU Love!"

A thoughtful reader send me a link to a wonderful site, Letters of Note -- "correspondence deserving of a wider audience." In particular, she pointed out a letter that writer Ray Bradbury wrote to a fan. The line that caught my eye was: "Love what YOU love!" It's constantly a surprise to me just how challenging this is.