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By Mark Shead

20 Inspirational Quotes To Live By

I love inspirational quotes. They are powerful nuggets of wisdom condensed into 1-2 lines. Whenever I read them, I am inspired to take action. I remember when I was a high school student, I would decorate the cover of my foolscap pads with quotes because they were so meaningful.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: May 22, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

Guilt and Charitable Giving

Monica writes: My biggest “financial leak” is charities. I constantly see people in need and I feel deeply guilty if I don’t help them, especially since I know I have plenty of financial resources with which to help them. The result is that I end up with less money than I expected and it’s hard to make ends meet. I still feel guilty, though.

Wall mount computer workstation, pc desk

Materials: Ikea: VIKA AMON tabletop (150 x 75cm), EKBY BJÃRNUM bracket, EKBY JÃRPEN shelf (119 x 28cm), MALM nightstand (white), 2 x DIODER multicolor LED-strips.

Ask Unclutterer: Storing spices

Reader G. submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I was wondering what you thought of spice racks? I was thinking of purchasing one, but I see a lot of of options and some seem bulky, expensive and unappealing. I am a recent college graduate with a small kitchen in a one bedroom apartment, I’m struggling with space in my kitchen.

Think About Your Routines -- Daily, Weekly, Yearly.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too. Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now.

The Moment That Changes Everything

Else stood this stone a fragment and defaced, with lucent body from the shoulders falling, too short, not gleaming like a lion’s fell; nor would this star have shaken the shackles off, bursting with light, until there is no place that does not see you. You must change your life. - Rainer Maria Rilke, Torso of an Archaic Apollo, translated by C. F.

Mimicry, For Better or For Worse?

Is mimicry ever ok? This piece by Scott for @GOOD Magazine tackles the issue in social enterprise.

Give It a Rest, Genius

What the new success books don't tell you about super-achievement. (Hint: Relentlessness pays off.)

What’s Not Your Job?

You’re a freelancer, and you know what your job is. You’re a web designer. You’re a copywriter. You’re a marketing consultant. Here’s what you probably don’t think about often, but should: What’s not your job? I’m not talking about clients who ask you to perform above and beyond the scope of the project.

Business Strategy #4: Never Feed A Greedy Beast

When I work with a new marketing client, one of the first things I do is go deep into their business model. This intrigues some…and pisses off others. “Listen up,” I’ll hear, “we’re not paying you to fix our business, we just need more people coming through the door.” To which I reply: Let me ask you a question. In my car, I have a box.

Workspace of the Week: Two to tango

This week’s Workspace of the Week is OrsonKent’s shared home office: Regular readers of Unclutterer know I have a fascination with shared desk space. It’s difficult to share a home, and 5,000 times more difficult to share an office and desk. This week’s workspace beautifully solves all those difficulties. From OrsonKent’s description: The work area I share with Marie.

What YOU Can Learn from Baby-Boomer Blunders

J.D. is on vacation in Alaska. This is a guest post from Neal Frankle, a Certified Financial Planner, and the author of Wealth Pilgrim, a blog about his financial journey. If you know someone in their fifties, don’t be surprised when you discover they’re afraid. I’m 52, and I checked with everyone. They confirmed it. It’s true.

The Importance Of Finding Out What Motivates You

First, let’s find out what the importance of motivation is exactly. Simply put, motivation is that driving force which allows you to achieve your goals and go after what you want in life.

Beginner’s Guide to Plyometrics

Share I’m always looking for ways to mix up my workouts in order to avoid the monotony of lifting weights and spinning my wheels on the elliptical machine.