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Jan 26, 2020

Cal Newport of the Study Hacks blog shares his thoughts on great teachers and the remarkable life. This is part 2 of 2.

Episode 1507: [Part 2] On Great Teachers and the Remarkable Life: A Deliberate Practice Case Study by Cal Newport

Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004.
In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age as a professor, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work.
His most recent book, Deep Work, argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the knowledge economy, and that individuals who cultivate their ability to concentrate without distraction will thrive.

The original post is located here: http://calnewport.com/blog/2010/02/08/on-great-teachers-and-the-remarkable-life-a-deliberate-practice-case-study/

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Jan 25, 2020

Cal Newport of the Study Hacks blog shares his thoughts on great teachers and the remarkable life. This is part 1 of 2.

Episode 1506: [Part 1] On Great Teachers and the Remarkable Life: A Deliberate Practice Case Study by Cal Newport

Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004.
In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age as a professor, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work.
His most recent book, Deep Work, argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the knowledge economy, and that individuals who cultivate their ability to concentrate without distraction will thrive.

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Jan 24, 2020

Andrew James of Establishing The Self shares his thoughts on taking risks and combatting fear.

Episode 1505: Taking Risks (Pt. I): Combatting Fear by Andrew James of Establishing The Self on Getting Past Irrational Fear

Establishing the Self is a frequently updated collection of philosophically themed short essays aimed at interpreting the Human Condition as well as encouraging self-improvement, self-betterment, and self-preservation.

The original post is located here: https://www.establishingtheself.com/home/taking-risks-part-one

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Jan 23, 2020

Brian Tracy shares 5 common myths about success.

Episode 1504: 5 Common Myths About Success by Brian Tracy on How To Achieve A Happy & Fulfilling Life

Brian Tracy's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. Brian Tracy has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 5,000,000 people in 5,000 talks and seminars throughout the US, Canada and 70 other countries worldwide. As a Keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 250,000 people each year. He has studied, researched, written and spoken for 30 years in the fields of economics, history, business, philosophy and psychology. He is the top selling author of over 70 books that have been translated into dozens of languages.

The original post is located here: https://www.briantracy.com/blog/personal-success/common-success-myths/

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Jan 22, 2020

Benjamin Hardy shares why live in the moment is terrible advice.

Episode 1503: Why "Live In The Moment" Is Terrible Advice by Benjamin Hardy on Living Your Best Life

Benjamin Hardy has been the top writer on Medium.com since late 2015. He focuses on self-improvement, motivation, and entrepreneurship. His writing is fueled by his personal experiences, self-directed education, and formal education. His research focuses on the psychological differences of "wantrepreneurs" and actual entrepreneurs. He lives in Clemson, South Carolina with his wife and they are the foster parents of 3 children.

The original post is located here: https://medium.com/@benjaminhardy/why-living-presently-could-ruin-your-entire-life-1f6298420800

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Jan 21, 2020

Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist shares how to stage your home for living.

Episode 1502: How to Stage Your Home for Living by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist on How To Simplify Your House

Joshua Becker and his family decided to live with fewer possessions after a conversation with his neighbor in 2008. As a result, they found a better way to live, centered on more important pursuits.
Their story has been seen on the CBS Evening News, NPR, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and countless media interviews around the world. Their books have sold in the tens of thousands.
BecomingMinimalist.com is about their journey towards a rational approach to minimalism. It is about the joys and the struggles. It is about the lessons they have learned. It has inspired millions around the world. It is written to inspire you to intentionally live with less, and find more life because of it.

The original post is located here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/stage-your-home-for-living/

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Jan 20, 2020

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares a simple method for working with the disorder of our lives.

Episode 1501: Herding Cats: A Simple Method for Working with the Disorder of Our Lives by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits

Leo Babauta created Zen Habits, which is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.

The original post is located here: http://zenhabits.net/cats

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Jan 19, 2020

Chel Hamilton of Meditation Minis Podcast takes over episode 1500.

Episode 1500: Chel Hamilton of Meditation Minis

For over 13 years Chel has been a hypnotherapist seeing clients full time in private practice. She decided to create her podcast, Meditation Minis, which focuses on helping people manage their stress and anxiety through guided meditations, after several girlfriends kept insisting that she start a podcast on meditation. Chel committed to doing six episodes, but now 5 years in and millions of downloads later it feels like the journey is just beginning!

Learn more about Chel and her podcast here: https://meditationminis.com/

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Jan 18, 2020

2 short posts from Adi Redzic where he shares why you're an expression of greatness and on stepping into the arena.

Episode 1499: You're An Expression of Greatness AND Stepping Into The Arena by Adi Redzic on Personal Growth Mindset

Adi Redzic is an award-winning life, business, and leadership coach, entrepreneur, author of two books, and motivational speaker. From a war-torn childhood to meetings at The White House, Adi has proven the possibility of change and growth.

The original posts are located here: https://www.adiredzic.com/journal/2018/9/20/youre-an-expression-of-greatness & https://www.adiredzic.com/journal/2018/9/28/stepping-into-the-arena

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Jan 17, 2020

James Altucher shares his thoughts on surrendering.

Episode 1498: I Surrender by James Altucher on How To Work Hard, Meditate, and Let Things Go

James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and podcaster. He has founded or cofounded more than 20 companies and says he failed at 17 of them. He has published 11 books, and is a regular contributor to The Financial Times, TechCrunch, and The Huffington Post. USA Today named his book Choose Yourself one of the 12 Best Business Books of All Time.

The original post is located here: https://jamesaltucher.com/blog/i-surrender/

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Jan 16, 2020

David Cain of Raptitude on if it's important, learn it repeatedly.

Episode 1497: If It's Important, Learn It Repeatedly by David Cain of Raptitude on Best Learning Techniques & Tips

David Cain is a writer and entrepreneur living in Winnipeg, Canada. On a particular boring day at his office job in 2009, he started Raptitude. His interest has always been human society and the internal human experience, and Raptitude became his megaphone for his thoughts about those things. It found an audience rather quickly and it’s been central to his life ever since. In 2013, he left his day job to write full time.

The original post is located here: https://www.raptitude.com/2018/01/if-its-important-learn-it-repeatedly/

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Jan 15, 2020

2 short posts from Ellen Burgan of If It Brings You Joy on increasing happiness by removing one thing and why smiling is good for your health.

Episode 1496: Increase Happiness by Removing this One Thing From Your Life AND Why Smiling is Good For You by Ellen Burgan

Ellen Burgan is a midlife woman who loves to have fun, yet has a big appreciation for the art of relaxation. She prefers to live spontaneously and go where the wind blows. If It Brings You Joy is a blog that inspires ideas to make life a little better for yourself and others. Ellen has a passion for bringing joy to her life and share her ideas with you.

The original posts are located here: https://ifitbringsyoujoy.com/negative-thought/ & https://ifitbringsyoujoy.com/why-smiling-is-good-for-you/

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Jan 14, 2020

Leo Babauta of Mnmlist shares how to be less busy in a busy busy world.

Episode 1495: How To Be Less Busy In A Busy Busy World by Leo Babauta of Mnmlist on Slowing Down & Enjoying Life

Leo Babauta created Zen Habits, which is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.

The original post is located here: https://mnmlist.com/how-to-be-less-busy-in-a-busy-busy-world

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Jan 13, 2020

Jacob Jolibois with No Sidebar shares how creating space can change your life.

Episode 1494: Creating Space: How It Can Change Your Life by Jacob Jolibois with No Sidebar on Making Room For Minimalism

No Sidebar was created by Brian Gardner and is all about designing a simpler life. He and the contributing authors want to help you figure out what's getting in your way, at home and at work. They want to help you let go of distractions, online and off--to turn down the noise that disrupts the quiet of your heart and soul.

The original post is located here: https://nosidebar.com/creating-space/

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Jan 12, 2020

Michael Blankenship of Get Your Gusto Back shares why you lost your child-like creativity and how to rediscover it. This is part 2 of 2.

Episode 1493: [Part 2] Why You Lost Your Child-Like Creativity (And How To Rediscover It) by Michael Blankenship of Get Your Gusto Back

Michael Blankenship wants you to know that he gets it if you're tired, you're burnt out and you're sick of doing the same thing every day, quickly marching toward a grave stone with nothing interesting written on its face. Michael felt that way once, but one day, everything changed. Once he'd taken back control of his life, he realized that his gusto - that lightly glowing ember inside all of us - was just waiting to be reignited, waiting for torch to touch coals and set it ablaze. He believes the same thing is possible for you, no matter how far gone you are.

The original post is located here: https://www.getyourgustoback.com/why-you-lost-your-child-like-creativity-and-how-to-rediscover-it/

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Jan 11, 2020

Michael Blankenship of Get Your Gusto Back shares why you lost your child-like creativity and how to rediscover it. This is part 1 of 2.

Episode 1492: [Part 1] Why You Lost Your Child-Like Creativity (And How To Rediscover It) by Michael Blankenship of Get Your Gusto Back

Michael Blankenship wants you to know that he gets it if you're tired, you're burnt out and you're sick of doing the same thing every day, quickly marching toward a grave stone with nothing interesting written on its face. Michael felt that way once, but one day, everything changed. Once he'd taken back control of his life, he realized that his gusto - that lightly glowing ember inside all of us - was just waiting to be reignited, waiting for torch to touch coals and set it ablaze. He believes the same thing is possible for you, no matter how far gone you are.

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Jan 10, 2020

Bradley Charbonneau of Pass The Sour Cream on today is the first day of the rest of your life.

Episode 1491: Today Is The First Day of The Rest of Your Life by Bradley Charbonneau of Pass The Sour Cream on Personal Growth

Bradley Charbonneau's dad died in 2015 and it was as if, for the first time, that he realized we were mortal and had only this life to live. Unless you're a cat, but he wasn't a cat and he wasn't living the life he thought that he was supposed to live. Since then, he's been writing. Every Single Day. Bradley's now published 12 books, closed down the company he founded (and realized he hated), and moved his family to Europe. It doesn't cost him energy, it provides him with energy. Every Single Day. It all started with a single decision to write every day. When are you going to start living the life you were meant to live?

The original post is located here: https://passthesourcream.com/today-is-the-first-day-of-the-rest-of-your-life/

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Jan 9, 2020

Nir Eyal & Lakshmi Mani share why you make terrible life choices.

Episode 1490: Peak-End Rule: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices by Nir Eyal & Lakshmi Mani with Nir And Far on Memories

Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.”
Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.
In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir’s writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today.
Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Pantry, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Symphony Commerce, Worklife (acquired by Cisco) and Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn).
Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.

The original post is located here: https://www.nirandfar.com/2018/04/peak-end-rule.html

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Jan 8, 2020

Shawna Scafe of Simple On Purpose shares how to live your actual life.

Episode 1489: How To Live Your Actual Life by Shawna Scafe of Simple On Purpose on How To Deal with Discomfort

Shawna Scafe is a mom of three small kids who started blogging after her first son was born. She wanted to share her c-section story in order to help herself work through the disappointment she felt about it. She read a book on minimalism that changed how she viewed her life. She started asking questions about why we have so much, do so much, work so much and we feel so restless and overwhelmed. Shawna is trying to live life on purpose, set dreams and goals for herself as a mom, wife and woman and she is trying to share it openly with everyone.

The original post is located here: https://simpleonpurpose.ca/discomfort/

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Jan 7, 2020

Tynan shares his thoughts on thinking long term to make good decisions.

Episode 1488: Think Long Term to Make Good Decisions by Tynan on How To Improve Critical Thinking Skills for a Better Life

Tynan was named as one of the top 25 best bloggers in 2013 by Time Magazine. He believes in making deliberate decisions and breaking away from the herd mentality. He likes learning new things, building habits, exposing the world, connecting with awesome people, and creating good work. The New York Times Bestseller “The Game” featured him as one of the main characters, as he was one of the most famous pickup artists in the world. In 2008, he sold everything he owned and went on an extended world trip, becoming a fervent minimalist.
Fun facts: he’s a college dropout, was a professional poker player, Courtney Love was his roommate for 9 months, and he once built a swimming pool in his living room.

The original post is located here: http://tynan.com/longterm

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Jan 6, 2020

Jennifer of Simply Fiercely shares how defining her core values changed her life.

Episode 1487: How Defining My Core Values Changed My Life by Jennifer of Simply Fiercely on How To Decide What's Important

Jennifer is a traveller, minimalist and dream chaser. She grew up near Baltimore, Maryland but she caught a bad case of wanderlust at an early age and it has taken her all over the world. She is a reformed shopaholic turned minimalist and believes that clearing out the clutter is a vital part of creating a life you love.

The original post is located here: https://www.simplyfiercely.com/values/

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Jan 5, 2020

2 shorter posts from Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists sharing their thoughts on location independence and why forever does not exist.

Episode 1486: Is Location Independence Bulls***? AND Forever Does Not Exist by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

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http://www.theminimalists.com/location/ & http://www.theminimalists.com/forever/

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Jan 4, 2020

Laura Stack of The Productivity Pro shares four steps toward independence.

Episode 1485: Nomophobia and the Dream of Productivity: Four Steps Toward Independence by Laura Stack of The Productivity Pro

Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE is an award-winning keynote speaker, bestselling author, and noted authority on employee and team productivity. She is the president of The Productivity Pro, Inc., a company dedicated to helping leaders increase workplace performance in high-stress environments. Stack has authored eight books, including FASTER TOGETHER: Accelerating Your Team's Productivity (Berrett-Koehler 2018). She is a past president of the National Speakers Association, and a member of its exclusive Speaker Hall of Fame (with fewer than 175 members worldwide.) Stack's clients include Cisco Systems, Wal-Mart, and Bank of America, and she has been featured on the CBS Early Show and CNN, and in the New York Times.

The original post is located here: http://theproductivitypro.com/blog/2018/01/nomophobia-and-the-dream-of-productivity-four-steps-toward-independence/

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Jan 3, 2020

Michael Mehlberg of Modern da Vinci shares how to create a plan today to maximize tomorrow.

Episode 1484: How to Create a Plan Today to Maximize Tomorrow by Michael Mehlberg of Modern da Vinci on Success Planning

Michael Mehlberg is an entrepreneur and certified agile project manager who specializes in productivity and organization systems. His blog, Modern da Vinci has been called "The Owners Manual to an Awesome Life" and helps high-achieving entrepreneurs master their life and business - crushing their goals, living their passion, and finding purpose, balance, and excellence in all they do.

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https://www.moderndavinci.net/blog/2015/7/20/how-to-create-a-plan-today-to-maximize-tomorrow

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Jan 2, 2020

Steve Pavlina shares his thoughts on why you should pursue personal growth.

Episode 1483: Why Pursue Personal Growth at All? by Steve Pavlina on How To Start A Conscious Growth Mindset

Steve Pavlina is widely recognized as one of the most successful personal development bloggers on the Internet, with his work attracting more than 100 million visits to his website, StevePavlina.com. He has written more than 1300 articles and recorded many audio programs on a broad range of self-help topics, including productivity, relationships, and spirituality. Steve has been quoted as an expert by the New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, the Los Angeles Daily News, Self Magazine, The Guardian, and countless other publications. He's also a frequent guest on popular podcasts and radio shows.

The original post is located here: https://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2004/11/why-pursue-personal-growth-at-all/

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