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Sep 30, 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 294: How to Learn from Everything and Everyone by Kalen Bruce of Money Mini Blog (Be 10% Happier by Learning From Others).

The original post is located here: http://moneyminiblog.com/productivity/learn-from-everything-and-everyone

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Sep 29, 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 293: Stop Trying to be Happy - Part 2 by Mark Manson (The Mind Pump: Going Beyond Wellness & the To Do List to Be Happier).

The original post is located here: https://markmanson.net/stop-trying-to-be-happy

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Sep 28, 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 292: Stop Trying to be Happy - Part 1 by Mark Manson (The Mind Pump: Going Beyond Wellness & the To Do List to Be Happier).

The original post is located here: https://markmanson.net/stop-trying-to-be-happy

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Sep 27, 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 291: How to Fire Up a Fading Passion by Mary Jaksch of Good Life Zen (Stuff You Should Know About How I Built This Podcast).

The original post is located here: http://goodlifezen.com/how-to-fire-up-a-fading-passion

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Sep 26, 2016

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus are The Minimalists and 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 290: Excerpts from the Book Essential by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists (Personal Development).

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

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Sep 25, 2016

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus are The Minimalists and 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 289: 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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Sep 24, 2016

This Minimalists (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 288: 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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Sep 23, 2016

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Episode 287: Shaking the Scarcity Mindset and Shaking Things Up by Dan Warren (Inspirational & Motivational: Deconstructing Success).

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Sep 22, 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 286: You Must Go Do the Next Thing by David Cain of Raptitude (Your Project for Having a Good Life & Being Healthy & Happier).

The original post is located here: http://www.raptitude.com/2010/11/you-must-go-do-the-next-thing

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Sep 21, 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 285: 10 Choices You Will Regret in 10 Years by Angel Chernoff of Marc and Angel Hack Life (Self-Help & Have a Happier Life).

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/01/18/10-choices-you-will-regret-in-10-years

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Sep 20, 2016

Episode 284: The Science of Luck from Hustle by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits, & Jonas Koffler (Being Lucky & Different Kinds of Luck).

You can find the book, Hustle, here: http://neilpatel.com/hustle

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Sep 19, 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 283: The Quickstart Guide to a Decluttered Home by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Start Your Project for a Happier & Good Life).

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

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Sep 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 282: Conserving Mental Energy by Steve Pavlina (Working on a Masterplan & Self Reset with this Productivity Operation).

The original post is located here: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2014/02/conserving-mental-energy

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Sep 17, 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 281: What 48 Hours in the Wilderness Taught Me About Unconditional Love - 2 by Paul DeJoe with Becoming Minimalist.

The original post is located here: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/surviving-love

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Sep 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 280: What 48 Hours in the Wilderness Taught Me About Unconditional Love - 1 by Paul DeJoe with Becoming Minimalist.

The original post is located here: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/surviving-love

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Sep 15, 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 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 279: 4 Easy Ways to Stay Smart, Inspired, and Lazy by J. Money of Budgets Are Sexy (Productivity: Be Happier, More Productive).

The original post is located here: http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2015/10/best-newsletters-to-get-smart-inspired-lazy

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Sep 14, 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 278: How to Travel with a Friend (Without Strangling Them) by Kristin Wong (Stuff You Should Know About Traveling & Life).

The original post is located here: http://www.thewildwong.com/how-to-travel-with-a-friend

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Sep 13, 2016

Episode 277: The One Habit That Rules Them All: The 10 Minute Rule from Hustle by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits, & Jonas Koffler.

You can find the book, Hustle, here: http://neilpatel.com/hustle

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Sep 12, 2016

Colin Wright, a professional author and international speaker, 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, and scary good at Tetris.

Episode 276: Set Your Defaults by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle (Minimalism & the Technology Revolution: Charged Life to be Happier).

The original post is located here: http://exilelifestyle.com/set-default

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Sep 11, 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 275: Why Are You Doing by Derek Sivers Plus a State of the Union for the Optimal Living Daily Podcast (Personal Development).

The original post can be found here: https://sivers.org/why

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Sep 10, 2016

Ramit 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 274: Being Weird and Being OK With It by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You To Be Rich (Revelation: A Charged Life to be Happier).

The original post is located here: http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/being-weird-and-being-ok-with-it

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Sep 9, 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 273: A Gentle Guide to Help You Wake Up Earlier by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less (A Charged Life to be 10% Happier).

The original post is located here: http://bemorewithless.com/early

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Sep 8, 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 272: Master This One Thing and Watch Your Productivity Skyrocket by Kalen Bruce of Money Mini Blog (A Health Revolution).

The original post is located here: http://moneyminiblog.com/productivity/self-awareness

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Sep 7, 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 271: The Feedback Loop From Hell - Part 2 by Mark Manson (A Type of Happy Hour for Mental Illness - Your Health Revolution).

The original post is located here: https://markmanson.net/feedback-loop-from-hell

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Sep 6, 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 270: The Feedback Loop From Hell - Part 1 by Mark Manson (Why You Shouldn't Give a F & Happy Hour for our Mental Illness).

The original post is located here: https://markmanson.net/feedback-loop-from-hell

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