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Apr 30, 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 506: 7 Things You Should Stop Expecting from Others by Marc Chernoff of MarcAndAngel.com (Having a More Meaningful Life).

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/09/29/7-things-you-should-stop-expecting-from-others

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Apr 29, 2017

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 505: The Meaning of Life is a Ham Sandwich by Mark Manson (Similar to Finding Mastery: Conversations with Michael Gervais).

The original post is located here: https://markmanson.net/the-meaning-of-life

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Apr 28, 2017

Leon Logothetis narrates an excerpt from his book, The Kindness Diaries, which became a series on Netflix.

Episode 504: An Excerpt from The Kindness Diaries by Leon Logothetis of The Netflix Series (Autobiographical Book Clip - Living on Less).

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.

Learn more about Leon and his books here: http://www.leonlogothetis.com

And make sure you check out his series "The Kindness Diaries" on Netflix!

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Apr 27, 2017

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 503: Being Happy Equals Being Happy by J. Money of Budgets Are Sexy (The Self Help Podcast Like The Self-Help Rockstar Show).

The original post is located here: http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/being-happy-spending-less

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Apr 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 502: Why Grow Thicker Skin is Bad Advice by Kristin Wong (Personal Development for Amazing People Personal Growth Podcast).

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

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Apr 25, 2017

Angel and Marc 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 501: 9 Things Happy People Do to Stress Less by Angel Chernoff of Marc and Angel Hack Life (Author Narrates Her Own Content).

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/05/23/9-things-happy-people-do-to-stress-less

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Apr 24, 2017

Optimal Living Daily: Reading you the best content on personal development, productivity, and minimalism.

Episode 500: Jeena Cho Interviews Justin Malik of the Optimal Living Daily Podcasts (The Big Idea, Social & Performance Anxiety).

Mentioned in this Episode:
Episode 275 - Dane's Phone Message
Episode 099 - Dr. Chris Patti on The Flip-side of Love

Jeena Cho is the co-author of The Anxious Lawyer: An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation (ABA). She is a regular contributor to Forbes, Bloomberg, and Above the Law where she covers resilience, work/life integration, and wellness in the workplace. She regularly speaks on women's issues, diversity, wellness, productivity, mindfulness, and meditation.

Learn more about Jeena Cho here:

http://TheAnxiousLawyer.com

http://JeenaCho.com

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Apr 23, 2017

Originally a professional musician and circus clown, Derek Sivers 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 499: Nobody Knows the Future - and it Doesn't Matter And Think Like a Bronze Medalist, Not Silver by Derek Sivers (Self Help).

The original posts can be found here:

https://sivers.org/no-oracle

https://sivers.org/bronze

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Apr 22, 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 498: How to Keep TV from Stealing Your Money and Your Life by Philip Taylor of PT Money (Personal Finance & Saving Money).

The original post is located here: https://ptmoney.com/how-to-keep-tv-from-stealing-your-money-and-your-life

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Apr 21, 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 497: From Large to Little: My Tiny House Saga by Tammy Strobel of Rowdy Kittens (Tiny House Podcast & Tiny House Homestead).

The original post is located here: http://www.rowdykittens.com/2010/11/home

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Apr 20, 2017

Mindset coach, yoga teacher, and writer, Kate Hanley, helps busy people stop stressing about the things that don't matter. She is the author of A Year of Daily Calm and The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide and is a veteran journalist whose work has appeared in dozens of publications.

Episode 496: Stress Less: 100 Mindfulness Exercises for Calmness and Clarity by Kate Hanley (Bryony Gordon's Mad World The Telegraph).

The can get her newest book and learn more here: http://MsMindBody.com

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Apr 19, 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 495: 12 Intentional Actions to Choose Happiness Today by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist (Happier with Gretchen Rubin).

The original post is located here: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/choose-happy

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Apr 18, 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 494: How Can I Be As Unhappy As Possible by James Altucher of The James Altucher Show (Like 10% Happier with Dan Harris).

The original post is located here: http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2016/07/be-unhappy-as-possible

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Apr 17, 2017

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 493: Nightmares of a Perfectionist by Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists Podcast (OCD, Minimalism and Less is Now Tour).

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

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Apr 16, 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 492: Don't Quit Without Asking For What You Want by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You To Be Rich (Negotiation - Negotiating Skills).

The original post is located here: http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/dont-quit-without-asking-for-what-you-want

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Apr 15, 2017

As he was going through an expired relationship, John Kim created a blog on Tumblr called The Angry Therapist and started to document his journey post divorce. He blogged about his short comings, revelations, and his views on relationships, the self help business, and the world, and started coaching people in unconventional ways, even as a licensed therapist. Through this process, he came up with his own concepts. He realized that there was a new way to help others, combining what he learned in therapy school with life coaching and using technology to be mobile and create online communities. John’s path has led him to become a pioneer in the field of self help; he is an entrepreneur, published author, public speaker, and a teacher. The Angry Therapist has become greater than just John Kim. It is a growing team of therapists and life coaches all over the world--practicing transparency, living as the truest versions of themselves, continually growing, and in this process becoming Catalysts. It is also a school, teaching this new way of helping others and supporting them in that journey.

Episode 491: The Angry Therapist: A No BS Guide to Finding & Living Your Own Truth by John Kim (Like Don't Blame Me! Meghan Rienks).

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Apr 14, 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 490: 3 Signs You Will Be Fine (Even If You Don't Feel Fine Right Now) - Part 2 by Marc Chernoff of Marc and Angel Hack Life.

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2017/03/19/3-signs-you-will-be-fine-even-if-you-dont-feel-fine-right-now

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Apr 13, 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 489: 3 Signs You Will Be Fine (Even If You Don't Feel Fine Right Now) - Part 1 by Marc Chernoff of Marc & Angel (Meditation Oasis).

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2017/03/19/3-signs-you-will-be-fine-even-if-you-dont-feel-fine-right-now

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Apr 12, 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 488: How I'm Living Small in a Not So Tiny Home by Cait Flanders (Similar to The Slow Home Podcast with Brooke McAlary).

The original post is located here: https://caitflanders.com/2017/04/03/living-small-not-tiny-home

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Apr 11, 2017

Amy Blankson has consulted for over fifteen years with businesses, foundations, and nonprofit organizations around the country about how to create positive and productive leaders. She received her BA from Harvard and MBA from Yale School of Management. She was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the board of directors for the Corporation for National Service (which oversees AmeriCorps), and was named a Point of Light by Presidents Bush and Clinton. Amy has devoted her career to teaching individuals of all ages to be positive, contributing members of society. She is a mother of three.

Episode 487: The Future of Happiness: 5 Modern Strategies for Balancing Productivity and Well-Being in the Digital Era (Being Present).

You can find the book and more about Amy here: http://goodthinkinc.com/speaking/amy-blankson

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Apr 10, 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 486: Living with Less and the Art of a Zen Closet by Courtney Carver with Good Life Zen (Like Vicki Robin Your Money or Your Life).

The original post is located here: http://goodlifezen.com/living-with-less-and-the-art-of-a-zen-closet

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Apr 9, 2017

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.

Episode 485: Valuable Frictions by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle (Like Humans of New York and Outside Podcast by Outside Magazine).

The original post is located here: http://exilelifestyle.com/valuable-frictions

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Apr 8, 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 484: How to End the Endless Game of Catching Up by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less (Your Free Guide to Less Stress).

The original post is located here: https://bemorewithless.com/catch

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Apr 7, 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 483: Why We Overplan by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Like Bulletproof Radio with Dave Asprey & Happier with Grethen Rubin).

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

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Apr 6, 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 482: Why There's Never Enough Time by David Cain of Raptitude.com (Podcasts Like The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes).

The original post is located here: http://www.raptitude.com/2017/01/why-theres-never-enough-time

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