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Jun 30, 2016

Mark Manson was a full-time professional dating coach for men from 2008 until 2011. In 2011, sick of the industry, he wrote his first book, Models: Attract Women Through Honesty, and changed the name and focus of his business to address broader self-development topics for men. The book took off, selling tens of thousands of copies. As he branched out into deeper issues of masculinity, self-worth, and the changing cultural landscape, the site grew.
By 2013, he had begun writing about larger cultural issues — gender relations, happiness, ambition, life purpose, and cultural perspectives he had gathered while living in various countries around the world. Despite the fact that the business was still directed at men, thousands of women began reading and asking for advice as well.
That same year, he made the leap to his own site and domain, broadening the demographics of his audience. The site exploded, garnering millions of views each month.

Episode 202: You're Okay by Mark Manson (Dealing with Social Anxiety, Depression, & Other Struggles: Acceptance vs. Perfectionism).

The original post is located here: http://markmanson.net/youre-okay

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Jun 29, 2016

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201: Try Not by Neghar Fonooni (Motivation for Exercise & Health: Help Change How You Think About Your Workout Routine).

Neghar Fonooni s a coach, speaker, and writer, giving women all over the world tools to create a lifestyle that thrills them, free of shame and unworthiness. She helps them give themselves permission to be vulnerable, authentic, and fully alive. She has worked as a personal trainer and fitness coach for over 15 years, served as an Arabic linguist in the United States Air Force, has been writing since she was eight years old, and birthed a witty and hilarious baby boy ten years ago. Her central focus is to help empower women through strength and bring wild and warm energy wherever she goes.

The original post can be found here: http://www.negharfonooni.com/try-not

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Jun 28, 2016

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Episode 200: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (Fairytale Reading: I Read You a Famous Bedtime Story to Help You Fall Asleep).

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Jun 27, 2016

Courtney Carver has written books, courses, and hundreds of articles to help you simplify your life and work so you can focus on what really matters.
After decades of debt, discontent, and trying to do it all and have it all, a scary MS diagnosis stopped Courtney Carver in her tracks. She had to slow down, prioritize her health, and figure out what was really important in her life. She discovered what mattered most by getting rid of everything that didn’t matter at all. In the end it all came down to love and health.
She went from a busy, overwhelmed advertising director to spending 2-3 hours every morning taking care of herself, loving her work, and being present and engaged with the people she loves. Her family changed, too. They moved from wanting bigger closets, nicer furniture, and more stuff to downsizing into a 750 sq. ft apartment with no storage.

Episode 199: 7 Tips to Help You Create Your Capsule Wardrobe by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less (Clothing: Save Money & Time).

The original post is located here: http://bemorewithless.com/caspule-wardrobe

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Jun 26, 2016

Derek Sivers, originally a professional musician and circus clown, created CD Baby in 1998. It became the largest seller of independent music online, with $100M in sales for 150,000 musicians. In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby for $22M, giving the proceeds to a charitable trust for music education.
He is a frequent speaker at the TED Conference, with over 5 million views of his talks.
Since 2011 he has published 34 books, including “Anything You Want” which shot to #1 on all of its Amazon categories.

Episode 198: How Do You Grade Yourself and Valuable to Others, Or Only You by Derek Sivers (Inspiring & Motivating Like Joel Osteen).

The original posts can be found here:
https://sivers.org/grade
https://sivers.org/starving-artist

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Jun 25, 2016

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.

Episode 197: This Is Your Life's Work by David Cain of Raptitude.com (Legacy & Your Daily Boost of Motivation, Inspiration, & Happiness).

The original post is located here: http://www.raptitude.com/2010/03/this-is-your-lifes-work

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Jun 24, 2016

Ramit Sethi of IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com wants to use money to say YES. He knew there was a better way to live a rich life—if we could use psychology to focus on what actually works. Not just for personal finance, but all aspects of life: money, careers, relationships, business, fitness and more.
Since then, he's been testing and sharing his findings with the world via I Will Teach You To Be Rich.
He's also written a New York Times bestselling book, been profiled in a 6-page Fortune article and pictured next to Warren Buffett Forbes Magazine, and have been featured by a long list of media, including the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, NPR, Fox Business, PBS, CNBC and more. He also has tons of documented success stories—more than 20,000.

Episode 196: Guilt and Our Choices by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You To Be Rich (Making Choices: Happiness, Motivation, & Inspiration).

The original post is located here: http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/guilt-and-our-choices

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Jun 23, 2016

Mary Jaksch of GoodLifeZen.com is an authorized Zen master (Diamond Sangha lineage), psychotherapist, and author. She has two nationalities,--English and German--and lives in New Zealand. She's the mother of a grown-up son and lives happily ever after with her partner David. She's been awarded an MA in Religious Studies, holds a 4th Dan Blackbelt in karate, started professional life as a flautist and loves dancing Argentine tango in skimpy dresses.

Episode 195: 7 Strategies for Good Luck by Mary Jaksch of Good Life Zen (Your Daily Boost of Productivity, Motivation, & Health).

The original post is located here: http://goodlifezen.com/7-strategies-for-good-luck

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Jun 22, 2016

JC Deen is the owner and creator of JCD Fitness. He whips people into shape and helps them learn how to make fitness complement their lives, as opposed to ruling it. While he talks quite the talk, he also walks the walk. The tagline of JCD Fitness is A No-BS Approach To Looking Great Naked.

Episode 194: Why Motivation is Useless: Bruce Lee's Take by Roger Lawson with JCDFitness.com (Your Daily Boost of Health & Fitness).

The original post is located here: http://jcdfitness.com/2013/10/why-motivation-is-useless-bruce-lees-take

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Jun 21, 2016

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.

Episode 193: Some Days, You Just Have Nothing And Shannon's Method: Overcome Habit Procrastination by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits.

The original posts are located here:

http://zenhabits.net/some-days

http://zenhabits.net/shannon

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Jun 20, 2016

Colin Wright of the Let's Know Things Podcast and ExileLifestyle.com is a professional author and international speaker who co-founded a publishing company and travels full-time, moving to a new country every four months or so--that country determined by the votes of his readers! He also blogs.
Colin's a minimalist in that he owns very few things and is careful in how he consumes. He tends to buy less, but invest in quality when he does, and trends toward the same in relationships, business endeavors, and just about everything else.
He's left-handed, blue-eyed, scary good at Tetris, and can’t cook worth a damn.

Episode 192: Reclaiming a Scarcity Mentality by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle and the Let's Know Things Podcast (Minimalism Mindset).

The original post is located here: http://exilelifestyle.com/reclaiming-scarcity-mentality

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Jun 19, 2016

Derek Sivers, originally a professional musician and circus clown, created CD Baby in 1998. It became the largest seller of independent music online, with $100M in sales for 150,000 musicians. In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby for $22M, giving the proceeds to a charitable trust for music education.
He is a frequent speaker at the TED Conference, with over 5 million views of his talks.
Since 2011 he has published 34 books, including “Anything You Want” which shot to #1 on all of its Amazon categories.

Episode 191: Fish Don't Know They're In Water And What Do You Hate Not Doing by Derek Sivers (Motivation Like Joel Osteen & Oprah).

The original posts can be found here:
https://sivers.org/fish
https://sivers.org/hatenot

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Jun 18, 2016

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.

Episode 190: Making Decisions That Stick - Part 2 by Steve Pavlina (The Decision Making Process: Quick and Dirty Tips for a Happier Life).\

The original post is located here: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/09/making-decisions-that-stick

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Jun 17, 2016

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.

Episode 189: Making Decisions That Stick - Part 1 by Steve Pavlina (The Decision Making Process: Quick and Dirty Tips for a Happier Life).

The original post is located here: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/09/making-decisions-that-stick

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Jun 16, 2016

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.

Episode 188: 8 Reasons Successful People Are Choosing to Wear the Same Thing Every Day by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist.

The original post is located here: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/wear-one

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Jun 15, 2016

Nia Shanks is a writer and coach, and leader of the Lift Like a Girl revolution. She helps women discover and reach their potential through an empowering approach to health, fitness, and life.
Nia also hosts The Nia Shanks Show--the podcast dedicated to helping you reach your health and fitness goals and become the most awesome version of yourself.

Episode 187: The Ugly Side of Health and Fitness by Nia Shanks (Wellness: Motivate Yourself But Don't Fall Into the Trap of Fad Diets).

The original post is located here: http://www.niashanks.com/ugly-side-health-fitness

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Jun 14, 2016

J. Money of BudgetsAreSexy.com is a 6’1, hyperactive, rock a ‘hawk who loves drinking beer, blaring hip-hop, talking about money, and now playing with his two adorable baby boys. He also has a podcast: M.O.N.E.Y.
He tracked his expenses for 3 months, made a budget, read some books, and stumbled into personal finance blogging and idea sharing, randomly turning BudgetsAreSexy.com into his full time “real job” a few short years later--14 million views later!

Episode 186: What Is True Success by J. Money of Budgets Are Sexy (Similar to the Tim Ferriss Interview Question on Successful People).

The original post is located here: http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2015/11/what-is-true-success

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Jun 13, 2016

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.

Episode 185: Letting Go: Dealing with the Death of a Loved One, Part 2 by Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists (Grief, Loss & Love).

The original post is located here: http://www.theminimalists.com/dealing

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Jun 12, 2016

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.

Episode 184: Letting Go: Dealing with the Death of a Loved One, Part 1 by Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists (Grief, Loss & Love).

The original post is located here: http://www.theminimalists.com/dealing

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Jun 11, 2016

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Episode 183: Waking Up: Sam Harris Discusses the Benefits of Mindfulness 2 by Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists (Meditation).

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.

The original post is located here: http://www.theminimalists.com/sam

The Minimalists' Book "Essential" can be found here: http://www.theminimalists.com/books

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Jun 10, 2016

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.

Episode 182: Waking Up: Sam Harris Discusses the Benefits of Mindfulness 1 by Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists (Meditation).

The original post is located here: http://www.theminimalists.com/sam

The Minimalists' Book "Essential" can be found here: http://www.theminimalists.com/books

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Jun 9, 2016

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.

Episode 181: Overcoming Self-Doubt by Ryan Nicodemus of TheMinimalists.com (Your Daily Boost of Courage, Inspiration, & Health).

The original post is located here: http://www.theminimalists.com/doubt

The Minimalists' Book "Essential" can be found here: http://www.theminimalists.com/books

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Jun 8, 2016

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.

Episode 180: What Is My Outcome by Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists (Inspirational & Motivational Like Joel Osteen & Oprah).

The original post is located here: http://www.theminimalists.com/outcome

The Minimalists' Book "Essential" can be found here: http://www.theminimalists.com/books

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Jun 7, 2016

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.

Episode 179: Fighting the Voice in Your Head by Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists (Dan Harris of 10% Happier on Meditation).

The original post is located here: http://www.theminimalists.com/dan

The Minimalists' Book "Essential" can be found here: http://www.theminimalists.com/books

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Jun 6, 2016

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.

Episode 178: Walk a Mile in My Blisters by Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists (Sympathy, Empathy, & Their Differences: A Story).

The original post is located here: http://www.theminimalists.com/empathy

The Minimalists' Book "Essential" can be found here: http://www.theminimalists.com/books

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