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By John Wesley

Manvotional: Young Benjamin Franklin’s Plan of Conduct

Editor’s Note: In 1726, Benjamin Franklin found himself on an 11-week voyage from London back to Philadelphia. He had spent some time in England learning the printing business, and was now, at age 20, ready to return home and strike out for himself. Young Ben was on the threshold to adulthood, and his thoughts turned to the kind of man he wanted to be.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2013 Unitasker Wednesday: Morninghead However you think this product might work, you’re wrong. And, based on its name, whatever you think the product might do, it isn’t that, either.

“A Man Gets an Immense Amount of Satisfaction from the Knowledge of Having Done Good Work.”

You increase your self-respect when you feel you’ve done everything you ought to have done, and if there is nothing else to enjoy, there remains that chief of pleasures, the feeling of being pleased with oneself.

Reader Stories: How I am financing retirement

This reader story comes from long-time reader and commenter Bill McFadin, aka Cybergeezer, who commented that he had submitted a story months ago that never ran. We asked if he would resubmit the article, which he kindly did. Some reader stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure.

20 Smart Things to Do with $20

I tend to have a surprising amount of luck simply finding money on the ground.

How to Never Check Luggage Again

Travel has many joys. Luggage is not one of them. NOTE: If you signed up for my email list, please see this post in your email (perhaps on Saturday afternoon PT) for the Monday night Q&A info. This post will explore three options for never checking luggage again. Some of them are extreme; all of them are effective. In my next post, I’ll detail what I (and some friends) pack in carry-on.

Art of Manliness Podcast #76: Barbell Training With Mark Rippetoe Part II

In this week’s episode I continue my conversation (listen to Part I) with strength training expert Mark Rippetoe, author of Starting Strength. In this part of our discussion, I ask Mark questions submitted by podcast listeners via Twitter.

5 Serious Pointers in Adding Humor to Your Speech

What makes one speaker better than the rest? It’s the wit and humor, most of the time. And it’s something that we all want to achieve – having the perfect dash of laughter to bring flavor to our speech.

The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: August 8, 2014

Last week’s winner was Ethan from Minneapolis, MN and he chose the very handsome Brother’s 16″ American bag. My Picks This Week The Ball and Buck Oxford is a shirt that just won’t quit — double-reinforced elbows and a strong collar make this a shirt you can wear anywhere.

Go from IDEA to DONE. Announcing The Beautiful Writers Group!

It’s been nearly three years since Linda Sivertsen and I launched Your Big Beautiful Book Plan, which has helped birth blogs, books, and bountiful publishing deals from small presses to the big leagues. We want to bring more of US into the process to really serve you. Yep. As in live monthly Q&A’s. Interactive.

MOLGER shelving above the throne

This is my continuation from my previous post: Molger from bathroom to kitchen shelf From my last episode, I was still working (or rather — thinking) on the cut off legs from MOLGER. As my original intention for my MOLGER was for my bathroom, it was hacked for kitchen use as it could not fit into my bathroom. With the [MOLGER remaining legs + ALGOT metal shelf (60cm x 18cm) + some hacking],

Shower base from IKEA SAMLA plastic box

Material: SAMLA box This is a shower base created with Ikea’s plastic box, SAMLA. As I did not find a regular shower base that could fit in the space I had for it, I had to create it with Ikea’s box. For this, I made a wooden platform in order to elevate the box and be able to connect the water pipe. It works perfectly and better than a regular shower base.

From the Scarcity Mindset to the Abundance Mindset

Four years ago, I wrote a very brief article on the idea of scarcity and abundance mindsets. At the time, it was an idea that was pretty fresh in my head, and so I didn’t yet have the opportunity to really cover it with any depth.

The Best Advice Is The Kind You Keep To Yourself

Do you give good advice? Do friends and family come to you in times of crisis? How would you define good advice? Do we have to know and trust the people who change our lives? Can strangers inspire us towards drastic decisions and if they do, why? Does life tend to change randomly?

Do You Have Any Favorite Quotes? I Sure Do.

I have a real memory from passages from books that I’ve read. This is one of my favorite things about myself, because as I go about my day, I hear little echoes from my reading.