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Nov 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 355: 7 Critical Truths We Forget All Too Soon by Angel Chernoff of Marc & Angel Hack Life (Get Rid of the Overwhelmed Brain).

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/02/27/7-critical-truths-we-forget-all-too-soon

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Nov 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 354: How to Date an Emotionally Stable and Amazing Person by Mark Manson (Similar to Dan Savage Lovecast & Sex with Emily).

The original post is located here: https://markmanson.net/amazing-person

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Nov 28, 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 353: How to Finally Clean Out Your Closet For Good by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less (Optimization - Like Marie Kondo).

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

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Nov 27, 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 352: What to Do About the World's Suffering - Part 2 by David Cain of Raptitude (Power & Purpose & Your Good Life Project).

The original post is located here: http://www.raptitude.com/2010/12/what-to-do-about-the-worlds-suffering

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Nov 26, 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 351: What to Do About the World's Suffering - Part 1 by David Cain of Raptitude (The Brain Warrior's Way - Empathy & Sympathy).

The original post is located here: http://www.raptitude.com/2010/12/what-to-do-about-the-worlds-suffering

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Nov 25, 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 350: Let's Talk About Black Friday and 40 Reasons to Avoid Black Friday by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus (Minimalist).

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

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Nov 24, 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 349: Here's What People Get Wrong About Gratitude by Kristin Wong (Free Gratefulness Five Minute Journal Exercise Included).

The original post is located here: http://www.thewildwong.com/the-power-of-gratitude

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Nov 23, 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 348: Don't Upgrade and Reprogramming the Twitch by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists (TechStuff).

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

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Nov 22, 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 347: Letting Go of Your DVD Collection and More Is Less by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists.

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

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Nov 21, 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 346: A Rolex Won't Give You More Time and I Got Rid of 2,000 Books by Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists (Clutter).

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

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Nov 20, 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 345: Home is Where the Red Phone Is and I Don't Love You Anymore by Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists Podcast.

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

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Nov 19, 2016

Michael Bungay Stanier is the Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work. Box of Crayons is best known for its coaching programs, which give busy managers practical tools to coach in 10 minutes or less. On the way to founding Box of Crayons in 2002, Michael lived in Australia, England, the United States and Canada (his current home), where he worked in the fields of innovation and change management. He’s written a number of books, the best known of which is Do More Great Work, with almost 100,000 copies sold. He’s proudest of End Malaria, a collection of essays about Great Work by thought leaders that has raised $400,000 for Malaria No More. His latest book, The Coaching Habit, is already being called a modern classic.

Episode 344: Book Excerpt - The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier.

You can find his book and learn more about him here: http://boxofcrayons.biz

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Nov 18, 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 343: How to Shift From Misery to Miracles by Elle Sommer with Good Life Zen (Similar to Hay House Meditations & Sam Harris).

The original post is located here: http://goodlifezen.com/how-to-shift-from-misery-to-miracles

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Nov 17, 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 342: How to Deal with Rejection by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You To Be Rich (Stuff You Should Know: Like a Breath of Fresh Air).

The original post is located here: http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/how-to-deal-with-rejection

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Nov 16, 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 341: 19 Ways to be Better Today Than Yesterday by J. Money of Budgets Are Sexy (Waking Up: Something You Should Know).

The original post is located here: http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2016/10/ways-to-be-better-today-than-yesterday

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Nov 15, 2016

Derek Rydall is the author of the #1 Amazon/Barnes & Noble best-seller EMERGENCE: Seven Steps for Radical Life Change and the world’s #1 expert on the revolutionary Law of Emergence.
He has trained top executives at Fortune 500 companies (from American Express to Disney) in empowered leadership and communications, and has coached celebrities and media professionals, including Oscar and Emmy winners, on creating conscious entertainment.
As a regular Huffington Post contributor, and host of the top-rated Emergence podcast on iTunes, he reveals cutting-edge spiritual principles and success strategies to achieve financial freedom and abundance, master productivity and creativity, and gain true wealth and happiness. With his global platform, Derek has touched hundreds of thousands around the planet with his message on finding your path, living your purpose and making a powerful impact!

Episode 340: An Excerpt from the Book Emergence: Seven Steps for Radical Life Change by Derek Rydall (A Good Life of Power & Purpose).

You can find his book and learn more about him here: http://derekrydall.com

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Nov 14, 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 339: Declutter Your Life by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (How to Start Being a Minimalist - Minimalism with Quick & Dirty Tips).

The original post is located here: https://zenhabits.net/declutter

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Nov 13, 2016

Cait Flanders started Blonde on a Budget to document her debt repayment journey. After paying it off, she adopted a minimalist lifestyle, tossed 75% of her stuff, and is currently doing a two-year shopping ban. She shares stories and lessons learned every week.

Episode 338: Why I (Kinda, Sorta, Sometimes) Hate Calling Myself a Minimalist by Cait Flanders (Like Brendon Burchard & Lewis Howes).

The original post is located here: http://caitflanders.com/2016/10/17/hate-calling-myself-minimalist

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Nov 12, 2016

Gary Szenderski is a branding specialist, internationally acclaimed as an expert on the subject. Mr. Szenderski frequently speaks and writes on the topic of emerging brands and companies in transition – Brand or line extensions, new product launches, market development, going public etc. He also conducts planning and marketing seminars for owners of large and small businesses facing expansion and other change related issues. In addition, Gary is a published author, often quoted marketing expert, and instructor at the University of California in Irvine, teaching marketing.

Episode 337: An Excerpt from the Book Szen Zone by Gary Szenderski (Narrating For You Like an Audiobook - Stories & Anecdotes).

You can find his book and learn more about him here: http://szenzone.com

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Nov 11, 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 336: 12 Little Known Laws of Gratitude (That Will Change Your Life) by Marc Chernoff of Marc & Angel (Similar to Lewis Howes).

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2015/08/02/12-laws-of-gratitude-that-will-change-your-life

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Nov 10, 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 335: 7 Ways to Sample Living With Less by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist (A Feeling Good Podcast - Trust and Believe It!).

The original post is located here: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/sample-living-with-less

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Nov 9, 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 334: Your Life Simplified by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Your Revolution in Health Starts with Simplicity, Meditation & The Heart).

The original post is located here: https://zenhabits.net/your-life-simplified

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Nov 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 333: How to Sleep Yourself to Success by Kalen Bruce of Money Mini Blog (Learn Sleep with Me: This Post Helps You Fall Asleep).

The original post is located here: http://moneyminiblog.com/infographics/sleep-success

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Nov 7, 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 332: Simplicity is Not a Destination by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less (Chasing Excellence & Happiness is a Marathon).

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

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Nov 6, 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 331: Habit Change is Like Chess by Steve Pavlina (Chasing Excellence: 10% Happier Like BJ Fogg, Charles Duhigg, & Ben Bergeron).

The original post is located here: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2008/07/habit-change-is-like-chess

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