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By Tim Ferriss

Workspace of the Week: Cube sweet cube

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Tiffany’s naturally lit cubical: One of the reasons I like this cubicle is because it has a lot of personality and light in it. It’s organized, but it also looks like someone uses it. From the description on flickr:

How to Strip 10 Years Off Your Age in Just 10 Days

Written on 6/20/2008 by Zen master and psychotherapist Mary Jaksch of Goodlife Zen.Aging is fact of life that is beyond our control. However, our reaction to aging is something that every one of us can change. We all know people who are in their forties, fifties, or beyond - and who still retain a certain youthfulness.Here’s an inspiring example of reverse aging.

Have A Little Faith

To all those who want desperately for me to succeed. To all those who want me never to experience the pain of failure. To all those who watch and wonder if I really know what I’d doing. To all those who stand in judgment, waiting for the other shoe to drop. To all those who look to me for proof of what’s possible. To all those who only want the very best for me.

Investment Gains Taxes Increase - The Worst Tax Policy Ever?

By Xin LuYesterday Paul Michael wrote an article comparing the income tax policies of McCain and Obama and suggested that he would vote for Obama because Obama's tax policy would benefit everyone but the uber-rich. In the comments on the article there are many great comments about the candidates' tax policies and how it is not so simple to say that Obama's plan is better.

Attention Introverts: How to Become More Extroverted

Already, by writing this title, I’m sure I’ve annoyed a few people. Extroversion is supposed to be a personality trait, not something you pick, but something you were born with. That might be true. But even if you are fairly introverted, I think you can still capture some of the best parts of being an extrovert: Being comfortable with groups of people. Meeting people easily.

YOUR Happiness Project: Go to the drug store. Or the hardware store. Or wherever.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you should 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. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project.

We changed the world! We made a difference! We did this! Let's do more!

I'm going to ask you to take what may well be your first political action at the end of this post. THIS MEANS YOU, TOO, MOM!!! It's going to mean a phone call. It's going to take less than two minutes. And then I'm going to ask that you come back here to the blog and share your experience of what happened. AND YES, MOM, THIS MEANS YOU, TOO, TOO!!!

When Is It Okay for a Man to Cry?

Men are known as the less emotional sex; they are bastions of stability; the rock in the middle of a storm; unflappably cool no matter what the circumstance. Of course, it’s not wrong for men to get emotional. It’s unhealthy to keep one’s feelings bottled up and shoved deep down inside. But when is it okay for a man to display his emotions through crying?

How to get rich by being evil

By Philip BrewerThere are a lot of ways to become rich.  Some people work hard and save their money.  Some people win the lottery.  Some people invent something wonderfully useful.  An awful lot of people who get rich, though, do it by being evil.  Here's a quick look at some evil tactics, and some thoughts on whether they can work for you.

Ask the Readers: Best Off-the-wall Productivity Tips?

Today I’m going to ask you guys to reach deep down into your bag of tricks, to think of the most unusual productivity tips and tricks that work for you.

LINKSWITCH: For Bootstrapping Writers and All Their Friends

Getting started in business with little or no funds isn’t easy, but Mike at Bootstrapping Blog has some great advice in ‘How to: 10 steps to bootstrap your freelance career‘. A real quick one: Ian MacKenzie makes us chortle with ‘The Home Office Fiction vs. The Home Office Reality‘.

The Art of Frugal Living

Christine just sent me a National Public Radio story about the frugal artists of New York City. Columbia University recently released a study of 213 visual artists over the age of 61. Their average income? $30,000 a year. According to the NPR story:

The happiness of reading whatever I like – like the work of George Orwell.

Last night, for no particular reason, I was seized with the desire to re-read one of the most memorable paragraphs I’ve ever read, which appears in George Orwell’s essay “Reflections on Gandhi,” in A Collection of Essays. I got out the book and read the paragraph. Then I read the essay, “Charles Dickens.” Then I read the essay, “Raffles and Miss Blandish.”

Why Bigger Goals = Less Competition (Plus: Eco-Bounty Winners + Major Media Opp)

SPRING 2005, PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY I had to bribe them. What other choice did I have? My lecture at Princeton had just ended with smiles and enthusiastic questions.

Are the Things You Buy Investments?

After my recent post on looking at your automobile purchase as an investment, an interesting discussion broke out in the comments: should a car even be considered an investment? A few choice comments: