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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 (Happiness & Simple Living).

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 (Positive Thinking & Happiness).

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 (Minimalism & Developing Habits).

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 (Developing Self-Discipline).

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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Jun 5, 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 177: Justin Malik's Most Difficult Episode, Plus My 3.3 Million Dollar Mistake by Derek Sivers (Derek Narrates His Own Content).

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

And Derek's book, also featuring this post, can be found here: http://amzn.to/22tGL0U

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Jun 4, 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 176: A Gentle Warrior's Manifesto to End Busyness - Part 2 by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less (Simple Living).

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

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Jun 3, 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 175: A Gentle Warrior's Manifesto to End Busyness - Part 1 by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less (Inspiration).

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

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Jun 2, 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 174: 9 Warning Signs You're in Bad Company by Marc Chernoff of Marc And Angel Hack Life (Personal Development).

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/06/09/9-warning-signs-youre-in-bad-company

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Jun 1, 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 173: 5 Common Diet Excuses Too Many People Make by JC Deen of JCD Fitness (Nutrition Advice & Motivation).

The original post is located here: http://jcdfitness.com/2015/04/5-common-diet-excuses-too-many-people-make

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May 31, 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, scary good at Tetris, and can’t cook worth a damn.

Episode 172: The Spiky, Geographic Nature of Success by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle (Inspiration & Being Successful).

The original post is located here: http://exilelifestyle.com/geography-success

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May 30, 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 171: Packing Party: Unpack a Simpler Life by Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists (How He Got Started with Minimalism).

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

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May 29, 2016

Wes Pettit launched Outsett.com, a worldwide membership for entrepreneurs where upon signing up, you'll receive his "5 Simple Ways to Self-Improve" eBook. He also keeps readers updated on his current streak ("My Streak") at myawakening.com.au.

Episode 170: The 1 Incredible Step to Achieving the Results That You Desire by Wes Pettit with OLDPodcast.com (Hustling a Habit).

The original post is located here: http://OLDPodcast.com/1-incredible-step-achieving-results-desire

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May 28, 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 169: Don't Make a Thing Out of It by David Cain of Raptitude.com (Simple Living & Mindfulness).

The original post is located here: http://www.raptitude.com/2014/08/dont-make-a-thing-out-of-it

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May 27, 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 168: The Zen Dilemma by Mark Manson (Questions About Meditation, Thoughts, Staying Present & Mindfulness Answered).

The original post is located here: http://markmanson.net/the-zen-dilemma

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May 26, 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 167: How to Boost Memory and Upgrade Your Smarts by Mary Jaksch of Good Life Zen (Brain Fitness & Health Plus Meditation).

The original post is located here: http://goodlifezen.com/how-to-boost-intelligence

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May 25, 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 166: Stop Trying to Reach an Ideal Weight by Nia Shanks of NiaShanks.com (Health & Fitness Motivation).

The original post is located here: http://www.niashanks.com/stop-trying-to-reach-an-ideal-weight

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May 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 165: The Psychology of Making Huge Career Jumps by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You To Be Rich (Productivity & Success).

The original post is located here: http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/the-psychology-of-making-huge-career-jumps

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May 23, 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 164: A Call for Revolt: Advertising is the Anti Minimalism by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Inspiration & Simple Living).

The original post is located here: http://zenhabits.net/opt-out

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May 22, 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 163: How to Get Hired and Flip the Stick by Derek Sivers (Productivity & Being Successful).

The original posts are located here:

https://sivers.org/gethired

https://sivers.org/flipstick

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May 21, 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 162: Heart-Centered Motivation by Steve Pavlina (Inspirational Living & Positive Relationships).

The original post is located here: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/11/heart-centered-motivation

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