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Mar 31, 2017

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 476: Stop Comparing Your Life. Start Living It by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist (Like Dale Carnegie & Alan Loy McGinnis).

The original post is located here: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/stop-comparing-your-life-start-living-it

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Mar 30, 2017

Hear 2 posts from Leon Logothetis, about life outside your box and how to master your fears.

Episode 475: Life Outside Your Box And 5 Ways to Master Your Fears by Leon Logothetis (A Happiness Podcast - Inspiration Messages).

Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist. It wasn't always that way. He used to be a broker in the city of London where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He gave it all up for a life on the road. This radical life change was inspired by the inspirational movie The Motorcycle Diaries. His journey is chronicled in the Netflix documentary series The Kindness Diaries. In December 2016, he released his book: Live, Love, Explore.

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http://www.leonlogothetis.com/life-outside-your-box

http://www.leonlogothetis.com/5-ways-master-fears

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Mar 29, 2017

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 474: How to Live Life by Marc Chernoff of Marc And Angel Hack Life (Like The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe & Fresh Air by NPR).

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2009/04/13/how-to-live-life

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Mar 28, 2017

James Clear is an author and photographer. He writes about behavioral psychology, habit formation, and performance improvement. His work has been covered by dozens of major media outlets including CBS, Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, TIME Magazine, and more.
He studies successful people across a wide range of disciplines--entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, and more--to uncover the habits and routines that make these people the best at what they do. Then, he shares what he learns in his popular email newsletter.

Episode 473: Motivation is Overvalued. Environment Often Matters More by James Clear (Similar to The GaryVee Audio Experience).

The original post is located here: http://jamesclear.com/power-of-environment

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Mar 27, 2017

Scott Alan Turner shares the 11 habits of millionaires.

Episode 472: 11 Habits of Millionaires by Scott Alan Turner (Like We Study Billionaires - The Investors Podcast - Equity & Passive Income).

Scott Alan Turner is the author of the best-selling book 99 Minute Millionaire - The Simplest and Easiest Book Ever on Getting Started Investing and Retiring Rock Star Rich, available on Amazon. He’s been featured on Forbes.com, US News and World Report, Money, and Business Insider. As an early retiree Scott now spends his time helping other people get out of debt faster, save more money, and retire rich. Scott provides sound financial advice mixed in with healthy doses of humor, sarcasm, inspiration, and donut references. He also plays guitar in a rock-n-roll band.

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Mar 26, 2017

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 471: Why "Being Present" is So Difficult by Kristin Wong (Mindfulness, Awareness & Meditation Like Waking Up with Sam Harris).

The original post is located here: http://www.thewildwong.com/being-present

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Mar 25, 2017

J. Money of Budgets are Sexy 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 470: What Old People Know by Barbara Wagner with Budgets Are Sexy (Like Freakonomics Radio & Something You Should Know).

The original post is located here: http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2011/08/what-old-people-know-money

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Mar 24, 2017

Scott Alan Turner shares why he quit his job and took a $50,000 pay cut.

Episode 469: Why I Quit My Job & Took a $50,000 Pay Cut by Scott Alan Turner - The Scott Alan Turner Show (Like Rookie w/ Tavi Gevinson).

Scott Alan Turner is the author of the best-selling book 99 Minute Millionaire - The Simplest and Easiest Book Ever on Getting Started Investing and Retiring Rock Star Rich, available on Amazon. He’s been featured on Forbes.com, US News and World Report, Money, and Business Insider. As an early retiree Scott now spends his time helping other people get out of debt faster, save more money, and retire rich. Scott provides sound financial advice mixed in with healthy doses of humor, sarcasm, inspiration, and donut references. He also plays guitar in a rock-n-roll band.

The original post is located here: https://scottalanturner.com/quit-job-took-50000-pay-cut

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Mar 23, 2017

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 468: Treating Yourself Is Not the Answer by Cait Flanders (Like The Stuff of Life by HowStuffWorks & HowStuffWorks.com).

The original post is located here: http://caitflanders.com/2017/03/13/dont-treat-yourself

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Mar 22, 2017

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 467: Boost Self-Confidence: 5 Critical Skills You Must Know by Barrie Davenport (Personal Positive Affirmations for Self Esteem).

The original post is located here: http://goodlifezen.com/boost-self-confidence

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Mar 21, 2017

Paula Pant is the founder of the award-winning website AffordAnything.com and a writer and speaker specializing in money, business, and real estate investing. She is a real estate investor, as the owner of seven rental property units in metropolitan Atlanta. She holds a real estate license in Georgia. She's also the host of the Afford Anything podcast.

Episode 466: Curate Your Life, and the Rest Will Follow by Paula Pant of Afford Anything (Like the Tell Me Something I Don't Know Show).

The original post is located here: http://affordanything.com/2016/06/14/curate-life

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Mar 20, 2017

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 465: How to Live the Paperless Life by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less (Quick and Dirty Tips to Declutter Paper & Stuff).

The original post is located here: http://bemorewithless.com/paperless-life

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Mar 19, 2017

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 464: How to Clear Your To-Do List Today (Without Overwhelming Yourself) by Kalen Bruce of Money Mini Blog (Radical Candor).

The original post is located here: http://moneyminiblog.com/productivity/clear-your-to-do-list

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Mar 18, 2017

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 463: Why I'm Always in a Hurry & What I'm Doing About It by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Happiness Podcast Like Dr. Robert Puff).

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

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Mar 17, 2017

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 462: Measure Yourself Using the Same Techniques the Fortune 500 Uses by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You To Be Rich (Analyze).

The original post is located here: http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/measure-yourself-using-the-same-techniques-the-fortune-500-uses

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Mar 16, 2017

PTMoney.com is about helping you make extra money, save more money, and spend your money wisely--all in an effort to help you fix your finances so you can build the life you want. It was started by Philip Taylor, a CPA, entrepreneur, and blogger who started the site in 2007. He also created FinCon, the popular conference for financial nerds.

Episode 461: How to Find a Company with Great Work-Life Balance by Emily Guy Birken with PT Momey (Your Own Side Hustle School).

The original post is located here: https://ptmoney.com/work-life-balance-tips

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Mar 15, 2017

Tom Asacker represents a new and dynamic voice in the world of business. His inspiring combination of down-to-earth philosophy and intellectual reasoning has given him supporters all over the world. For the past ten years, he has been advising leaders that the traditional engines of growth have run out of steam. He views today’s world of complexity and change as a large-scale manifestation of many emergent events and behaviors that require a new, coherent viewpoint to guide one’s actions.

Episode 460: An Excerpt from I Am Keats by Tom Asacker (Like an Amazon Audible Audiobook - Listen to Books for Free Like Seth Godin).

Learn more about I Am Keats here: http://iamkeats.com

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Mar 14, 2017

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 459: Think of Your Choices as Effects, Not Causes by David Cain of Raptitude (Like The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes).

The original post is located here: http://www.raptitude.com/2017/02/choices-are-effects

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Mar 13, 2017

Mr. Money Mustache is a thirty-something retiree who now writes about how we can all live a frugal, yet awesome, life of leisure.
He and his wife studied engineering and computer science in Canada, then worked in standard tech-industry cubicle jobs in various locations throughout the late ’90s and early 2000s.
Then they retired from real work way back in 2005 in order to start a family. This was achieved not through luck or amazing skill, but simply by living a lifestyle about 50% less expensive than most of their peers and investing the surplus in very boring conservative Vanguard index funds and a rental house or two.

Episode 458: Get More From Your Day by Counting the Seconds by Mr. Money Mustache (Talk Healthy Today Like The Psych Central Show).

The original post is located here: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/03/12/get-more-from-your-day-by-counting-the-seconds

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Mar 12, 2017

Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004.
In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age as a professor, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work.
His most recent book, Deep Work, argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the knowledge economy, and that individuals who cultivate their ability to concentrate without distraction will thrive.

Episode 457: How to Cure Deep Procrastination by Cal Newport of The Study Hacks Blog (Healthy Lifestyle Show Like The Mindful Kind).

The original post is located here: http://calnewport.com/blog/2011/07/15/how-to-cure-deep-procrastination

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Mar 11, 2017

Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004.
In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age as a professor, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work.
His most recent book, Deep Work, argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the knowledge economy, and that individuals who cultivate their ability to concentrate without distraction will thrive.

Episode 456: The Procrastinating Caveman: What Human Evolution Teaches Us About Why We Put Off Work & How to Stop by Cal Newport.

The original post is located here: http://calnewport.com/blog/2011/07/10/the-procrastinating-caveman-what-human-evolution-teaches-us-about-why-we-put-off-work-and-how-to-stop

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Mar 10, 2017

Scott Alan Turner presents the question: Do you need a bigger home?

Episode 455: Do You Need a Bigger Home by Scott Alan Turner (Like Planet Money & BiggerPockets : Real Estate Investing).

Scott Alan Turner is the author of the best-selling book 99 Minute Millionaire - The Simplest and Easiest Book Ever on Getting Started Investing and Retiring Rock Star Rich, available on Amazon. He’s been featured on Forbes.com, US News and World Report, Money, and Business Insider. As an early retiree Scott now spends his time helping other people get out of debt faster, save more money, and retire rich. Scott provides sound financial advice mixed in with healthy doses of humor, sarcasm, inspiration, and donut references. He also plays guitar in a rock-n-roll band.

The original post is located here: https://scottalanturner.com/need-bigger-home

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Mar 9, 2017

Tammy Strobel is a photographer, writer, teacher, and founder of RowdyKittens.com. She loves morning views, tiny homes, reading, and everyday adventures. She started Rowdy Kittens to share her story and help you go small, think big, and be happy. Every week, she shares new photos, writing, and a roundup of happy links on the blog.

Episode 454: How to Achieve Your Dreams by Tammy Strobel of Rowdy Kittens (For Success & Happiness Like The Tony Robbins Podcast).

The original post is located here: http://www.rowdykittens.com/2010/05/dreams

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Mar 8, 2017

James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and podcaster. He has founded or cofounded more than 20 companies and says he failed at 17 of them. He has published 11 books, and is a regular contributor to The Financial Times, TechCrunch, and The Huffington Post. USA Today named his book Choose Yourself one of the 12 Best Business Books of All Time.

Episode 453: What are the Habits of Wealthy People by James Altucher (Like The Tim Ferriss Show & The Dave Ramsey Show Together).

The original post is located here: http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2016/03/habits-wealthy-people

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Mar 7, 2017

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 452: Make People Feel Good by Steve Pavlina (Emotional Intelligence Like The Knowledge Project Podcast by Shane Parrish).

The original post is located here: https://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2015/03/make-people-feel-good

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