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Dec 31, 2018

Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist shares 11 resolutions proven by science for a better you.

Episode 1116: 11 Resolutions For a Better You - Proven by Science by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist

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.

The original post is located here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/better-resolutions/

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Dec 30, 2018

Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle shares his thoughts on regular revolutions. This is part 2 of 2.

Episode 1115: [Part 2] Regular Revolutions by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle on Self Improvement

Colin Wright is a professional author and international speaker who 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.

The original post is located here: https://exilelifestyle.com/regular-revolutions/

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Dec 29, 2018

Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle shares his thoughts on regular revolutions. This is part 1 of 2.

Episode 1114: [Part 1] Regular Revolutions by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle on Personal Development

Colin Wright is a professional author and international speaker who 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.

The original post is located here: https://exilelifestyle.com/regular-revolutions/

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Dec 28, 2018

Isaac Morehouse shares why it's so hard to exit a bad situation.

Episode 1113: Why Is It So Hard to Exit a Bad Situation? by Isaac Morehouse of Office Hours on Self Help

Isaac Morehouse is the founder and CEO of Praxis, an awesome startup apprenticeship program making degrees irrelevant for careers. He is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. He's written some books, done some podcasting, and is always experimenting with self-directed living and learning. When he's not with his wife and kids or building his company, he can be found smoking cigars, playing guitars, singing, reading, writing, getting angry watching sports teams from his home state of Michigan, or enjoying the beach.

The original post is located here: https://isaacmorehouse.com/2015/03/03/why-is-it-so-hard-to-exit-a-bad-situation/

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Dec 27, 2018

Chris Guillebeau shares his thoughts on glory days.

Episode 1112: Glory Days by Chris Guillebeau on Adventure & Living Your Best Life

Chris Guillebeau is a New York Times bestselling author and modern-day explorer. He is the author of 5 books and his daily podcast, Side Hustle School, is downloaded more than 2 million times a month. Every summer in Portland, Oregon, Chris hosts the World Domination Summit, a gathering of creative, remarkable people with thousands in attendance. Chris is also the founder of Pioneer Nation, Unconventional Guides, the Travel Hacking Cartel, and numerous other projects. During a lifetime of self-employment that included a four-year commitment as a volunteer executive in West Africa, he visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday.

The original post is located here: https://chrisguillebeau.com/glory-days/

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Dec 26, 2018

Benjamin Hardy shares 3 ways people become stuck, undeveloped, and unsuccessful.

Episode 1111: 3 Ways People Become Stuck, Undeveloped, and Unsuccessful by Benjamin Hardy on Self Improvement

Benjamin Hardy has been the top writer on Medium.com since late 2015. He focuses on self-improvement, motivation, and entrepreneurship. His writing is fueled by his personal experiences, self-directed education, and formal education. His research focuses on the psychological differences of "wantrepreneurs" and actual entrepreneurs. He lives in Clemson, South Carolina with his wife and they are the foster parents of 3 children.

The original post is located here: https://medium.com/@benjaminhardy/do-you-have-a-frozen-personality-if-so-here-are-3-possible-reasons-ef949c0464c0

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Dec 25, 2018

T.K. Coleman shares why he listens to Christmas music every day.

Episode 1110: Why I Listen to Christmas Music Every Day by TK Coleman of Office Hours on Happiness

T.K. Coleman is the Co-Founder & Education Director of Praxis. He is a prolific writer and speaker with a singular mission: to awaken people to their own creative power. Sounds cheesy, but TK listens to Christmas music year-round, so he's used to being called cheesy and it doesn't bother him in the least. Learn more about him at TKColeman.com.

The original post is located here: http://tkcoleman.com/2017/12/24/listen-christmas-music-every-day/

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Dec 24, 2018

Helene Massicotte of Free To Pursue shares her thoughts on chasing perfection.

Episode 1109: Chasing Perfection by Helene Massicotte of Free To Pursue on Minimalism & Happiness

Helene Massicotte blogs about living life on your terms and experiencing true personal freedom. She describes herself as a person in search of all that life has to offer and who has built a life that enables her to do just that. No more, no less. She chose to retire from corporate life in her mid-thirties because it wasn't in line with what she wanted anymore.

The original post is located here:
http://www.freetopursue.com/blog/2015/10/27/chasing-perfection

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Dec 23, 2018

Emmanuel Dagher with Tiny Buddha shares the best Christmas gift ever.

Episode 1108: The Best Christmas Gift Ever: Finding Blessings in Challenges by Emmanuel Dagher with Tiny Buddha

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest book: Tiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

The original post is located here: https://tinybuddha.com/blog/best-christmas-gift-ever-finding-blessings-in-challenges/

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Dec 22, 2018

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists shares why they aren't just a bunch of hippies.

Episode 1107: They're All Just a Bunch of Hippies by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists

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:
https://www.theminimalists.com/hippies/

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Dec 21, 2018

David Cain of Raptitude shares why gratitude comes from noticing your life, not from thinking about it.

Episode 1106: Gratitude Comes From Noticing Your Life, Not From Thinking About It by David Cain of Raptitude

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.

The original post is located here: http://www.raptitude.com/218/2/gratitude-noticing/

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Dec 20, 2018

Cal Newport of the Study Hacks blog shares the difference between experiments and goals and how to balance spontaneity with the focused pursuit of fame.

Episode 1105: The Difference Between Experiments and Goals: How to Balance Spontaneity with the Focused Pursuit of Fame

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.

The original post is located here: http://calnewport.com/blog/2008/07/16/the-difference-between-experiments-and-goals-how-to-balance-spontaneity-with-the-focused-pursuit-of-fame/

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Dec 19, 2018

Courtney Carver of Be More With Less shares a gentle warrior's guide to navigating the new world.

Episode 1104: A Gentle Warrior's Guide to Navigating the New World by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less

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.

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

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Dec 18, 2018

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits asks 5 questions to simplify your life during the holidays.

Episode 1103: 5 Questions to Simplify Your Life During the Holidays by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Simple Living

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.

The original post is located here: https://zenhabits.net/simple-holidays

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Dec 17, 2018

Melissa Camara Wilkins with No Sidebar shares why confidence is the key to a simple life.

Episode 1102: Why Confidence is the Key to a Simple Life by Melissa Camara Wilkins with No Sidebar on Minimalism

No Sidebar was created by Brian Gardner and is all about designing a simpler life. He and the contributing authors want to help you figure out what's getting in your way, at home and at work. They want to help you let go of distractions, online and off--to turn down the noise that disrupts the quiet of your heart and soul.

The original post is located here: https://nosidebar.com/confidence/

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Dec 16, 2018

Tynan shares his thoughts on making the biggest decisions.

Episode 1101: Making the Biggest Decisions by Tynan on Decision Making Skills & Resilience

Tynan was named as one of the top 25 best bloggers in 2013 by Time Magazine. He believes in making deliberate decisions and breaking away from the herd mentality. He likes learning new things, building habits, exposing the world, connecting with awesome people, and creating good work. The New York Times Bestseller “The Game” featured him as one of the main characters, as he was one of the most famous pickup artists in the world. In 2008, he sold everything he owned and went on an extended world trip, becoming a fervent minimalist.
Fun facts: he’s a college dropout, was a professional poker player, Courtney Love was his roommate for 9 months, and he once built a swimming pool in his living room.

The original post is located here: http://tynan.com/big

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Dec 15, 2018

Angel Chernoff of Marc and Angel Hack Life shares 9 ways to become an optimist.

Episode 1100: 9 Ways to Become an Optimist by Angel Chernoff of Marc And Angel on How to be Happy

Marc and Angel Chernoff are New York Times bestselling authors, 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.
Marc and Angel's New York Times bestselling book, Getting Back to Happy: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Reality, and Turn Your Trials into Triumphs, is a guide to spark sustainable action - and to return to whenever needed. It's available online at http://www.marcandangel.com/book/ and on Amazon.

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/05/30/9-ways-to-become-an-optimist/

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Dec 14, 2018

Dr. Chris Patti shares his thoughts on suffering and surfing.

Episode 1099: On Suffering and Surfing by Dr. Chris Patti of Appalachian State University

Dr. Chris J. Patti (PhD) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Appalachian State University. As an ethnographic writer, his research highlights stories of love, loss, and transformation. He also leads a meditation club in the department. Follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/awarenessbites

You can email Chris at patticj (at) appstate (dot) edu

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Dec 13, 2018

Michael Mehlberg of Modern da Vinci shares his thoughts on finding quality information in a sea of rubbish.

Episode 1098: Finding Quality Information in a Sea of Rubbish by Michael Mehlberg of Modern da Vinci on Clarity

Michael Mehlberg is an entrepreneur and certified agile project manager who specializes in productivity and organization systems. His blog, Modern da Vinci has been called "The Owners Manual to an Awesome Life" and helps high-achieving entrepreneurs master their life and business - crushing their goals, living their passion, and finding purpose, balance, and excellence in all they do.

The original post is located here:
https://www.moderndavinci.net/blog/2015/9/14/finding-quality-information-in-a-sea-of-rubbish

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Dec 12, 2018

Skylar Liberty Rose with Tiny Buddha shares 5 ways to redefine success.

Episode 1097: It's Not All About Money: 5 Ways to Redefine Success by Skylar Liberty Rose with Tiny Buddha on Happiness

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest book: Tiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

The original post is located here: https://tinybuddha.com/blog/its-not-all-about-money-5-ways-to-redefine-success/

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Dec 11, 2018

2 short posts from James Altucher where he shares the greatest pleasures in life and the most important factor to be happy.

Episode 1096: The Greatest Pleasures In Life & What Is The Most Important Factor In Being Happy? by James Altucher on Happiness

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.

The original posts are located here: https://jamesaltucher.com/2017/12/greatest-pleasures-life/ https://jamesaltucher.com/2017/02/being-happy/

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Dec 10, 2018

Farnoosh Brock with Becoming Minimalist shares how she became an accidental minimalist.

Episode 1095: Falling into Minimalism: How I Became an Accidental Minimalist by Farnoosh Brock with Becoming Minimalist

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.
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The original post is located here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/falling-into-minimalism/

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Dec 9, 2018

Steve Pavlina shares his thoughts on self-acceptance versus personal growth. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 1094: [Part 2] Self-Acceptance vs. Personal Growth by Steve Pavlina on New Year's Resolutions

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.

The original post is located here: https://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/04/self-acceptance-vs-personal-growth/

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Dec 8, 2018

Steve Pavlina shares his thoughts on self-acceptance versus personal growth. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 1093: [Part 1] Self-Acceptance vs. Personal Growth by Steve Pavlina on Self Improvement

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.

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Dec 7, 2018

Cylon George of Spiritual Living for Busy People shares why we need suffering.

Episode 1092: Why We Need Suffering by Cylon George of Spiritual Living for Busy People on Developing Resilience

Cylon George is a spiritual chaplain, musician, devoted husband, and busy dad of six. He loves listening to people’s stories and helping them gain perspective on life’s opportunities and challenges. The mission of his blog is to help busy people thrive in their spiritual lives so they can live with more joy, peace, purpose, and meaning.

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https://www.spirituallivingforbusypeople.com/why-we-need-suffering

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