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Aug 31, 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 264: How to Set Goals You Will Actually Achieve - Part 2 by Steve Pavlina (Stuff You Should Know About Achieving Greatness).

The original post is located here: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/08/how-to-set-goals-you-will-actually-achieve

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Aug 30, 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 263: How to Set Goals You Will Actually Achieve - Part 1 by Steve Pavlina (Be Happier & Have More Power & Purpose in Life).

The original post is located here: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/08/how-to-set-goals-you-will-actually-achieve

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Aug 29, 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 262: The Minimalists Guide to Fighting (and Beating) Clutter Entropy by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (How to Declutter Your Life).

The original post is located here: http://zenhabits.net/the-minimalists-guide-to-fighting-and-beating-clutter-entropy

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Aug 28, 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 261: Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset and I'm a Very Slow Thinker by Derek Sivers (Personal Development Like Joel Osteen).

The original posts can be found here:

https://sivers.org/mindset

https://sivers.org/slow

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Aug 27, 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 260: Want to Find Your Life Passion? Start by Simplifying Your Life - Part 2 by Barrie Davenport with BecomingMinimalist.com.

The original post is located here: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/find-life-passion

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Aug 26, 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 259: Want to Find Your Life Passion? Start by Simplifying Your Life - Part 1 by Barrie Davenport with Becoming Minimalist.

The original post is located here: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/find-life-passion

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Aug 25, 2016

Ramit Sethi 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 258: The Planning Fallacy by Eliezer Yudkowsky with I Will Teach You To Be Rich (Productivity: Time & Project Management).

The original post is located here: http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/the-planning-fallacy

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Aug 24, 2016

A professional author and international speaker, Colin 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 257: How to Cope with Being Managed by Colin Wright of the Let's Know Things Podcast and Exile Lifestyle (Manager & Boss).

The original post is located here: http://exilelifestyle.com/cope-managed

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Aug 23, 2016

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Episode 256: 7 Surprises After Tracking Every Penny In and Out of My Life for Nearly 7 Years - Part 2 by Justin Malik & Budgets Are Sexy.

The original post is located here: http://www.OLDPodcast.com/255

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Aug 22, 2016

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Episode 255: 7 Surprises After Tracking Every Penny In and Out of My Life for Nearly 7 Years - Part 1 by Justin Malik & Budgets Are Sexy.

The original post is located here: http://www.OLDPodcast.com/255

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Aug 21, 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 254: Pressing on With Work While You're Dealing With Depression by Kristin Wong (Higher Productivity: Pomodoro Method).

The original post is located here: http://www.thewildwong.com/working-with-depression

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Aug 20, 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 253: The Most Important (And Most Forgotten) Part of Your Productivity by Kalen Bruce of Money Mini Blog (More Productive).

The original post is located here: http://moneyminiblog.com/productivity/energy

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Aug 19, 2016

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.
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 252: How to Really Take a Day Off by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less (If You've Got Issues with Self Help, Love, & Care).

The original post is located here: http://bemorewithless.com/how-to-really-take-a-day-off-2

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Aug 18, 2016

Roger Lawson's goal is simple: To make 100,000 people feel good and look great without turning it into a full-time job, all while having a lot of fun along the way. Roger focuses on Diet, Exercise, and Lifestyle principles to help you achieve your fitness goals.

Episode 251: Compare More and Create More by Roger Lawson of RogLawFitness.com (Similar to Tony Robbins, Joel Osteen, & Oprah).

The original post is located here: http://roglawfitness.com/comparison

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Aug 17, 2016

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Episode 250: Excerpts from the Book Essential by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus of TheMinimalists.com (A Meaningful Life).

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

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Aug 16, 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 249: 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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Aug 15, 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 248: 7 Smart Ways to Deal with Toxic People - Part 2 by Marc Chernoff of MarcAndAngel.com (Like Joel Osteen & Tony Robbins).

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/12/08/7-smart-ways-to-deal-with-toxic-people

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Aug 14, 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 247: 7 Smart Ways to Deal with Toxic People - Part 1 by Marc Chernoff of MarcAndAngel.com (Skills & Stuff You Should Know).

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/12/08/7-smart-ways-to-deal-with-toxic-people

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Aug 13, 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 246: Having Enough by J. Money of Budgets Are Sexy (Achieve Greatness by Learning What's Enough - Similar to Tony Robbins).

The original post is located here: http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2014/10/having-enough

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Aug 12, 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 245: How to Escape the Trap of Perfectionism by Mary Jaksch of Good Life Zen (If You've Got Issues with Being a Perfectionist).

The original post is located here: http://goodlifezen.com/how-to-escape-the-trap-of-perfectionism

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Aug 11, 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 244: Take an Inspiration Day by Steve Pavlina (Inspiring & Motivating Audiobook - Like Tony Robbins, Joel Osteen, & Oprah).

The original post is located here: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2015/04/take-an-inspiration-day

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Aug 10, 2016

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Episode 243: 5 Inspirations for Being in the Moment by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (A Living Experiment in Meditation & Power of Now).

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/5-inspirations-for-being-in-the-moment

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Aug 9, 2016

Joshua Becker (BecomingMinimalist.com) 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 242: How to Hold an Unpopular Opinion by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist (Be Happy: Inspirational Living & Motivation).

The original post is located here: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/unpopularity

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Aug 8, 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 241: Excerpts from the Book Essential by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists (Stuff In Your Life).

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

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Aug 7, 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 240: When You're Extremely Unmotivated And Disconnect by Derek Sivers (Have a More Charged Life: The Living Experiment).

The original posts can be found here:

https://sivers.org/unmo

https://sivers.org/dc

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