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Jul 31, 2016

Marc and Angel Chernoff are professional coaches, full-time students of life, admirers of the human spirit, and have been recognized by Forbes as having “one of the most popular personal development blogs.” Through their blog, book, course and coaching, they’ve spent the past decade writing about and teaching proven strategies for finding lasting happiness, success, love and peace.
The site has attracted over 100 million page views and 100 thousand subscribers since its inception in 2006.
Their first book, “1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently“ is a focused collection of short, concise tips and reflections on the little things that make a huge difference in our daily lives. It’s available online at: marcandangel.com/book and on Amazon.

Episode 233: 8 Things Happy, Successful People Never Say - Part 2 by Marc Chernoff of Marc And Angel Hack Life (Be Your Happiest).

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/12/15/8-things-happy-successful-people-never-say

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Jul 30, 2016

Marc and Angel Chernoff are professional coaches, full-time students of life, admirers of the human spirit, and have been recognized by Forbes as having “one of the most popular personal development blogs.” Through their blog, book, course and coaching, they’ve spent the past decade writing about and teaching proven strategies for finding lasting happiness, success, love and peace.
The site has attracted over 100 million page views and 100 thousand subscribers since its inception in 2006.
Their first book, “1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently“ is a focused collection of short, concise tips and reflections on the little things that make a huge difference in our daily lives. It’s available online at: marcandangel.com/book and on Amazon.

Episode 232: 8 Things Happy, Successful People Never Say - Part 1 by Marc Chernoff of Marc And Angel Hack Life (Be 10% Happier).

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/12/15/8-things-happy-successful-people-never-say

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Jul 29, 2016

J. Money 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 231: Just Do You by J. Money of Budgets Are Sexy (The Secret to Success & To Achieve Greatness Might Lie in Aesop's Fables).

The original post is located here: http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2015/06/just-do-you

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Jul 28, 2016

Mary Jaksch of Good Life Zen 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 230: The Magic of Compassion by Mary Jaksch of Good Life Zen (Inspirational Living & Motivation Like Joel Osteen & Oprah).

The original post is located here: http://goodlifezen.com/the-magic-of-compassion

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Jul 27, 2016

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Episode 229: The Art of Looking Like a Fool by David Cain of Raptitude (Inspirational Living, Power and Purpose, & Motivation for Life).

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: http://www.raptitude.com/2016/06/the-art-of-looking-like-a-fool

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Jul 26, 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 228: Career Transitions by Steve Pavlina (Stuff You Should Know That Mom Never Told You About an Escape Plan From Work).

The original post is located here: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2007/12/career-transitions

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Jul 25, 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 227: The Minimalist Way to Declutter by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Be Happier Through Power and Purpose & Minimalism).

The original post is located here: http://zenhabits.net/declutter-course

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Jul 24, 2016

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus--The Minimalists--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 226: Excerpts from the Book Essential by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus of TheMinimalists.com (A Meaningful Life).

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

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Jul 23, 2016

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists 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 225: Excerpts from the Book Essential by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists (Beginner Minimalism).

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

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Jul 22, 2016

Dr. Neal Malik has his degree in public health with emphases in disease prevention and nutrition. He is also a Registered Dietitian, Certified Health Education Specialist, Certified Health Fitness Specialist (personal trainer), and Certified in Adult Weight Management. Dr. Neal has been featured on CBS Local Radio in Los Angeles, CA, WNVR in Chicago, IL, and has been a consultant for eHow.com and Men’s Fitness Magazine. He has also published peer-reviewed scientific literature on diet and its effects on appetitive hormones, type 2 diabetes, blood lipids, and body weight. He is committed to helping others live, look, and feel like a superhero.

Check out his podcast: Optimal Health Daily

Episode 224: Should I Eat 5 Small Meals Per Day or 3 Large Ones and Is Too Much Protein Bad For Me by Neal Malik (Diet & Health Q&A).

The original posts are located here:

http://optimallivingdaily.com/should-i-eat-5-small-meals-per-day-or-3-large-ones

http://optimallivingdaily.com/is-too-much-protein-bad-for-me

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Jul 21, 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 223: 10 Unconventional Habits to Live Distraction-Less by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist (Happier, Inspirational Living).

The original post is located here: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/distraction-less

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Jul 20, 2016

Marc and Angel Chernoff are professional coaches, full-time students of life, admirers of the human spirit, and have been recognized by Forbes as having “one of the most popular personal development blogs.” Through their blog, book, course and coaching, they’ve spent the past decade writing about and teaching proven strategies for finding lasting happiness, success, love and peace.
The site has attracted over 100 million page views and 100 thousand subscribers since its inception in 2006.
Their first book, “1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently“ is a focused collection of short, concise tips and reflections on the little things that make a huge difference in our daily lives. It’s available online at: marcandangel.com/book and on Amazon.

Episode 222: 7 Mantras that Will Stop You from Taking Things Personally by Marc Chernoff of Marc And Angel Hack Life (A Self Reset).

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2016/07/10/7-mantras-that-will-stop-you-from-taking-things-personally

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Jul 19, 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 221: The Passage of Time by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle (Inspirational Living, Motivation, & Power & Purpose in Your Life).

The original post is located here: http://exilelifestyle.com/passage-time

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Jul 18, 2016

Courtney Carver was stopped in her tracks with a scary MS diagnosis after decades of debt, discontent, and trying to do it all. 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.
Courtney has written books, courses, and hundreds of articles to help you simplify your life and work so you can focus on what really matters.

Episode 220: The Secret to Happiness by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less (Inspirational Living & Love Like Joel Osteen & Oprah).

The original post is located here: http://bemorewithless.com/the-secret-to-happiness

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Jul 17, 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 219: Saying No to Everything Else And The Mirror: It's About You, Not Them by Derek Sivers (Inspirational Living & Motivation).

The original posts can be found here:

https://sivers.org/no2

https://sivers.org/you-not-them

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Jul 16, 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 218: The Confidence Conundrum by Mark Manson (Self Esteem, Relationships, Love, Power and Purpose, Inspirational Living).

The original post is located here: https://markmanson.net/confidence

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Jul 15, 2016

Ramit Sethi of IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com uses money to say yes instead of saying “no” to spending on everything. 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 217: Why You Should Give More Than You Get by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You To Be Rich (A Simple Good Life Project for You).

The original post is located here: http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/why-you-should-give-more-than-you-get

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Jul 14, 2016

Kalen Bruce is the founder of MoneyMiniBlog. His story is simple… he and his wife were $24,000 in debt and became a student of finances to get out. They are now debt-free and building wealth. Kalen shares everything he has learned on his blog, writing informative, entertaining, mini blogs to help you with your finances. Finances can be intimidating, so he keeps his posts short, sweet, and simple.

Episode 216: If You Want Freedom, Limit Yourself by Kalen Bruce of Money Mini Blog (Power through the Recovery from Bad Habits).

The original post is located here: http://moneyminiblog.com/productivity/freedom-limit-yourself

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Jul 13, 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 215: Fitness Meal Plans - Why I Don't Make Them by JC Deen of JCD Fitness (Are Diet Plans a Shortcut to Slim or Wasting Time).

The original post is located here: Fitness Meal Plans

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Jul 12, 2016

Kristin Wong of TheWildWong.com was laid off in 2013. She took on some freelancing gigs to earn extra cash while she searched for a new, full-time job and over time, her freelancing gigs increased. She started writing for sites that she loved reading and produced videos for new clients. Her side gigs began to bring in more income than any potential full-time jobs. She launched a blog all about frugal living and created The Wild Wong to share more about her career, her finances, and all the adventures in between.

Episode 214: Shower Thoughts: The Creative Power of Autopilot by Kristin Wong of TheWildWong.com (Mindfulness of Daydreaming).

The original post is located here: http://www.thewildwong.com/shower-thoughts

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Jul 11, 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 213: Fear is Why We Have Too Much Stuff by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Be Happier Through Power and Purpose & Minimalism).

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

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Jul 10, 2016

Nikcole Wiles defines herself as a believer, wife, mother, writer, advocate, academic, and minimalist. She's been a passionate lover and student of English and writing for almost 20 years. She supports organizations including TWLOHA, The Reformation Project, and the Lee Conlee House. She's deeply invested in supporting the LGBT Christian community, the massive numbers of individuals struggling with anxiety and/or depression, and various projects she comes across that adds value to the world (minimalism, the OLD Podcast, the UNF food bank, etc.).

Episode 212: Everyone is Not a Minimalist: Here's Why I Am by Nikcole Wiles of EnglishWallflower.com (The Benefits of Minimalism).

The original post is located here: https://englishwallflower.com/2016/03/10/everyone-is-not-a-minimalist-heres-why-i-am

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Jul 9, 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 211: It Can Happen to Any of Us by J. Money of Budgets Are Sexy (Inspirational Living & Motivation for Life in Less Than 1 Hour).

The original post is located here: http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2013/12/it-can-happen-to-any-of-us

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Jul 8, 2016

Mary Jaksch 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 210: What is the One Thing in Your Life by Mary Jaksch of Good Life Zen (Quick and Dirty Tips for Inspirational Living & Passion).

The original post is located here: http://goodlifezen.com/what-is-the-one-thing-in-your-life

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Jul 7, 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 209: Two Ways of Viewing the World by David Cain of Raptitude.com (Meditation, Inspiration, Motivation, & Life Optimization).

The original post is located here: http://www.raptitude.com/2014/06/two-ways-viewing-world

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