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By Mark Shead

Kevin Costner: The Near-Death Audition, Work Ethic, and The Explorers Guild

“When I articulated that I didn’t care anymore what anybody thought about what I did except me, all the weight of the world came off my shoulders. Everything became possible. I felt free.” – Kevin Costner Kevin Costner (@modernwest) is an internationally renowned filmmaker.

7 Steps to Crush Negative Thoughts and Start Believing in Yourself

There you go again. Criticizing yourself with negative thoughts and constantly worrying about what other people think. You worry about what people think of your opinions and your decisions. You don’t feel good about yourself, so you hold back. But this only achieves one thing.

Limited Time: Earn 50,000 Ultimate Rewards Points (Usually 40,000) toward Free Travel

Link: Earn 50,000 Ultimate Rewards Points My longtime favorite card for earning miles and points, the Chase Sapphire Preferred, has just raised its signup bonus offer. For a limited time you can earn 50,000 points (usually 40,000, which is also good) upon getting the card and completing a minimum spend. As I’ve explained before, different cards are good for different reasons.

The 14 Red Flags of Dating [VIDEO]

When you first start dating, the feelings of new love can cause you to overlook some significant issues in the relationship. Many readers have found our article on the 14 Red Flags to Look Out for in a Relationship helpful in identifying these problems.

IKEA HEMNES Media Cabinet to Bed End Console

Materials: HEMNES TV unit I am using the HEMNES TV unit at the end of my bed. The perfect size for a king bed. I covered with a 3/4″ piece of birch plywood and then added 1 1/2″ miter cut trim. The post IKEA HEMNES Media Cabinet to Bed End Console appeared first on IKEA Hackers.

Minimalist packing for a weekend trip

As I write this, I’m on a bus making its way from New York City to Boston. I managed the whole thing — booking, clothing, toiletries, navigation, and recording memories — with a tiny backpack and no paper. A little planning and minimal equipment allowed me to enjoy a stress-free weekend away without clutter. Packing I’m a huge fan of rolling my clothes when packing.

Why You Need Good Writing Skills To Survive College

Anyone can write. But not everyone can write well. College requires a lot of writing.This isn’t like high school where you can pass a 500-word essay about your reflection on a movie and get away with an easy A+. College writing involves more analysis, citing of facts and days of research. You will encounter professors who might require you to submit different kinds of writing assignments.

How to Get Great Testimonials for Your Business

Social proof is a great way to bring credibility to your business, and to encourage people to buy from you. But all too often, either clients are too busy to give you a testimonial, or they don’t know how to write a testimonial that will increase your credibility instead of simply being white noise on your website.

Wood + VITTSJO Industrial Media Console

I had been looking, browsing, trying to find a media console was reasonably priced.

How to Do One Thing at a Time—and Stop Multitasking

We live in an age of multitasking. We spend our days immersed in computers, tablets, phones and other devices that let us do ten things at once, while staying up-to-date on the latest news, sports, emails and tweets from around the world.There’s just one problem: our brains aren’t built for multitasking.That’s not my opinion, by the way.

How We Work: A Peek Into the Lives of the Envato Tuts+ Team

Today we're giving you a chance to look behind the scenes here at Envato Tuts+ and meet the editors who bring you all these tutorials and courses. We're a very 21st-century workforce: spread across the world, working from home, doing completely different hours, and communicating via web apps like Trello, Basecamp and Slack.In this article, you'll get to see photos of our worksp

Student loan repayment and the ethics of personal finance

[This is the third installment in a series examining repaying student loans. Part I was a best practices guide for repaying student loans. Part II discussed an alternative payment plan, Revised Pay As You Earn or REPAYE.] This article is by staff writer Honey Smith. Quick Links How is AGI determined? How can I lower my AGI? Is it ethical to artificially lower my AGI?

How To Get Motivated? 8 Ideas that Really Work

Let’s face it. You are starring at your blank screen.

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Thinking About Paris — and What Churchill Said About London on September 11, 1940.

Like  just about everyone, I’ve been following the horrific events in Paris. And I keep remembering a speech that Winston Churchill gave — on September 11, 1940. On that date, which many years later would come to be so significant, Churchill gave a broadcast about the “Blitz,” the brutal nightly bombing of London. Churchill’s words seemed to have been written for our own times: Thes