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May 31, 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 537: 9 Ways to Feel Less Stress When Life Gets Crazy Busy - Part 2 by Marc Chernoff of Marc And Angel (How to Destress Yourself).

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2015/03/08/9-ways-to-feel-less-stress-when-life-gets-crazy-busy

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May 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 536: 9 Ways to Feel Less Stress When Life Gets Crazy Busy - Part 1 by Marc Chernoff of Marc & Angel (A Daily Meditation Podcast).

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2015/03/08/9-ways-to-feel-less-stress-when-life-gets-crazy-busy

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May 29, 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 535: Minimalism is for Everyone by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less (A Commentary About Living with Less by Graham Hill).

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

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May 28, 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 534: The Best & Less-Than-Best Motivations for Learning by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Motivation & Inspiration for your Life).

The original post is located here: https://zenhabits.net/enthused-learning

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May 27, 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 533: 5 Signs You Need a Technology Detox by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist (How to Minimize Facebook & Social Media).

The original post is located here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/technology-detox

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May 26, 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 532: Deep Habits: Use Index Cards to Accelerate Important Projects by Cal Newport of Study Hacks (Like Citation Needed Media).

The original post is located here: http://calnewport.com/blog/2015/01/18/deep-habits-use-index-cards-to-accelerate-important-projects

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May 25, 2017

Mark Manson was a full-time professional dating coach for men from 2008 until 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 531: Diversify Your Identity - Part 2 by Mark Manson (Similar to The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast & Waking Up with Sam Harris).

The original post is located here: https://markmanson.net/diversify-your-identity

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May 24, 2017

Mark Manson was a full-time professional dating coach for men from 2008 until 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 530: Diversify Your Identity - Part 1 by Mark Manson (Like Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel and Audible Narration).

The original post is located here: https://markmanson.net/diversify-your-identity

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May 23, 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 529: Feeble Excuses by Steve Pavlina (Similar to Motivation | Inspiration| Success with Entrepreneur Coach Sam Crowley).

The original post is located here: https://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/02/feeble-excuses

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May 22, 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 528: How to Become Less Uptight in Two Minutes by David Cain of Raptitude (The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast).

The original post is located here: http://www.raptitude.com/2016/11/how-to-become-less-uptight-in-two-minutes

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May 21, 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 527: 9 Reasons Why Bad Time Management is Holding You Back by Kalen Bruce of Money Mini Blog (Stuff Mom Never Told You).

The original post is located here: http://moneyminiblog.com/productivity/bad-time-management

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May 20, 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 526: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Applying for Yet Another Job by Emily Guy Birken with PT Money (Like Jocko Podcast).

The original post is located here: https://ptmoney.com/applying-for-a-job

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May 19, 2017

2 posts from Leon Logothetis - one about focusing and the other on bullying.

Episode 525: Pay Attention: 5 Ways to Focus in Everyday Life And Today, You Are Not Alone by Leon Logothetis - Happier in Hollywood.

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.

The original posts are located here:

http://www.leonlogothetis.com/pay-attention-5-ways-focus-everyday-life

http://www.leonlogothetis.com/you-are-not-alone

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May 18, 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 524: It's Time to Embrace Slow Technology by Cait Flanders (Like Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People from Earwolf).

The original post is located here: http://caitflanders.com/2017/05/01/slow-technology-experiment

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May 17, 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 523: Do You Struggle to Perform Under Pressure by Alison Breen (Similar to Advice from Mom by Rebecca Garza-Bortman).

The original post is located here: http://goodlifezen.com/struggle-perform-pressure

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May 16, 2017

The Gottman Institute understands that the human family is in crisis, and that all individuals are capable of and deserve compassion. It is their mission to reach out to families in order to help create and maintain greater love and health in relationships. They are committed to an ongoing program of research that increases the understanding of relationships and adds to the development of interventions that have been carefully evaluated. It is their goal to make their services accessible to the broadest reach of people across race, religion, class, culture, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.

Want to improve your marriage in 60 seconds or less? Over 40 years of research with thousands of couples has proven a simple fact: small things often can create big changes over time. Got a minute? Sign up for The Gottman Institute's Marriage Minute at http://OLDPodcast.com/marriage

Episode 522: The Anger Iceberg by Kyle Benson of Gottman.com (Like Happier with Gretchen Rubin & 10% Happier with Dan Harris).

The original post is located here: https://www.gottman.com/blog/the-anger-iceberg

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May 15, 2017

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.

Episode 521: Sentimentality is the Enemy by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle (Letting Go of Sentimental Items - Minimalism).

The original post is located here: http://exilelifestyle.com/sentimentality-enemy-evolution

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May 14, 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 520: Weekend Edition: Happy Mother's Day by Mr. Money Mustache (Like Freakonomics Radio by Stephen J. Dubner & WNYC).

The original post is located here: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/05/08/weekend-edition-happy-mothers-day

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May 13, 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 519: How to Encourage Loved Ones to Simplify their Lives And You Have Paid Enough by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less.

The original posts are located here:

https://bemorewithless.com/encourage-loved-ones

https://bemorewithless.com/stop

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May 12, 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 518: 5 Core Skills Your Life Depends On by Angel Chernoff of Marc & Angel Hack Life (Lifestyle & Life Design & Personal Growth).

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/05/02/5-core-skills-your-life-depends-on

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May 11, 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 517: An Excerpt from the Passion Chapter of The Minimalists Essential Audiobook (Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus).

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

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May 10, 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 516: Monk Mind: How to Increase Your Focus by Leo Babauta (Kwik Brain: Memory Improvement | Accelerated Learning | Hacks).

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

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May 9, 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 515: Here's to All of You Trying to Make the Most of a Bad Situation by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist (Like Jim Rohn).

The original post is located here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/bad-situation

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May 8, 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 514: Why I'm Scaling Back on Social Media by Tammy Strobel of Rowdy Kittens (How to Minimize Facebook, Twitter & Instagram).

The original post is located here: http://www.rowdykittens.com/2016/12/socialmedia

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May 7, 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 513: If You're Busy You're Doing Something Wrong: The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers by Cal Newport (Practice).

The original post is located here: http://calnewport.com/blog/2011/11/11/if-youre-busy-youre-doing-something-wrong-the-surprisingly-relaxed-lives-of-elite-achievers

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