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Mar 31, 2018

Cal Newport of the Study Hacks blog shares the research behind happiness.

Episode 841: How to be Happy by Cal Newport (Setting Goals & Seeking the Flow State).

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/2008/03/21/how-to-be-happy

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Mar 30, 2018

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists share how they deal with criticism and fake outrage.

Episode 840: Fake Outrage: Dealing with Criticism by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus of TheMinimalists.com.

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/outrage

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Mar 29, 2018

Leon Logothetis shares 7 ways to "adventure-ize" your next vacation and save money at the same time.

Episode 839: 7 Ways to Adventure-ize your Next Vacation by Leon Logothetis (Affordable Travel & Being Spontaneous - Travelling).

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 post is located here: http://www.leonlogothetis.com/5-ways-adventure-ize-next-vacation

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Mar 28, 2018

Two posts from Derek Sivers on personal growth and improvement.

Episode 838: Push, Push, Push. Expanding Your Comfort Zone And After 15 Years of Practice by Derek Sivers (Personal Growth).

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.

The original posts are located here:
https://sivers.org/comfort
https://sivers.org/15-years

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Mar 27, 2018

Cait Flanders shares why she stopped using Pinterest, Pocket, and bookmarks.

Episode 837: You Can't Read, Watch and Do Everything by Cait Flanders (Simple Living & Minimalism - Escaping Pinterest & More).

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.

The original post is located here: https://caitflanders.com/2016/02/17/you-cant-read-watch-and-do-everything

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Mar 26, 2018

Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist shares 7 life-changing perspectives to overcome your family's obsession with stuff.

Episode 836: 7 Life-Changing Perspectives to Overcome Your Family's Obsession with Stuff 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/overcome-family-clutter

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Mar 25, 2018

Tom Bilyeu with Success Magazine shares 3 mental upgrades that will propel you to achievement. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 835: 3 Mental Upgrades That Will Propel You to Achievement - 2 by Tom Bilyeu & Success Magazine (Insecurity & Performance).

Thomas Bilyeu is an American entrepreneur best known as a co-founder of Quest Nutrition, the second fastest growing private company in North America on the Inc 5000 for 2014. He co-founded the company 2010 with a mission to end metabolic disease by creating a food product based on taste, that also happened to be good for you. In October 2016, Bilyeu and his wife, Lisa, started Impact Theory with a long-form interview talk show, hosted by Tom.
You can find more info at: http://ImpactTheory.com

The original post is located here: https://www.success.com/blog/3-mental-upgrades-that-will-propel-you-to-achievement

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Mar 24, 2018

Tom Bilyeu with Success Magazine shares 3 mental upgrades that will propel you to achievement. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 834: 3 Mental Upgrades That Will Propel You to Achievement - Part 1 by Tom Bilyeu with Success.com (Dealing with Criticism).

Thomas Bilyeu is an American entrepreneur best known as a co-founder of Quest Nutrition, the second fastest growing private company in North America on the Inc 5000 for 2014. He co-founded the company 2010 with a mission to end metabolic disease by creating a food product based on taste, that also happened to be good for you. In October 2016, Bilyeu and his wife, Lisa, started Impact Theory with a long-form interview talk show, hosted by Tom.
You can find more info at: http://ImpactTheory.com

The original post is located here: https://www.success.com/blog/3-mental-upgrades-that-will-propel-you-to-achievement

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Mar 23, 2018

Steve Pavlina shares his "embrace the new" heuristic.

Episode 833: Embrace the New by Steve Pavlina (Personal Growth & Self Development).

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/2013/09/embrace-the-new

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Mar 22, 2018

Mark Manson shares 9 subtle lies we all tell ourselves. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 832: 9 Subtle Lies We All Tell Ourselves - Part 2 by Mark Manson (Worthiness & Success).

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.
Check out his book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F--- on his site or Amazon.

The original post is located here: https://markmanson.net/9-subtle-lies-we-all-tell-ourselves

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Mar 21, 2018

Mark Manson shares 9 subtle lies we all tell ourselves. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 831: 9 Subtle Lies We All Tell Ourselves - Part 1 by Mark Manson (Happiness & Expectations).

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.
Check out his book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F--- on his site or Amazon.

The original post is located here: https://markmanson.net/9-subtle-lies-we-all-tell-ourselves

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Mar 20, 2018

David Cain of Raptitude shares the only thing you need to get good at (with help from the Stoics).

Episode 830: The Only Thing You Need to Get Good At by David Cain of Raptitude (Stoicism - Improving Your Life & Stoic Personal Growth).

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/2017/03/only-thing-get-good-at

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Mar 19, 2018

Brian Gardner of No Sidebar shares how to deal with FOMO: the fear of missing out.

Episode 829: The Fear of Missing Out by Brian Gardner of No Sidebar (FOMO & Intentional Living).

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/fear-of-missing-out

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Mar 18, 2018

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares how to be calm.

Episode 828: How to be Calm by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Calming & Peaceful Personality).

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/becalm

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Mar 17, 2018

Angel Chernoff of Marc and Angel Hack Life shares 10 habits you must quit to be happy.

Episode 827: 10 Habits You Must Quit to Be Happy by Angel Chernoff of Marc and Angel Hack Life (Happiness is Here & Happier Times).

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.

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/04/16/10-habits-you-must-quit-to-be-happy

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Mar 16, 2018

Courtney Carver of Be More With Less shares her and friends' struggles with perfectionism.

Episode 826: I Want to Punch Perfection in the Face by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less (Expectation & Freedom).

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/punch

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Mar 15, 2018

Anthony Ongaro of Break the Twitch shares why it's important to show up and be present for the small, passing moments in our lives.

Episode 825: These are the Moments We're Missing by Anthony Ongaro of Break the Twitch (Mindfulness, Consciousness, Being Present).

After years of impulse spending on Amazon and elsewhere, Anthony Ongaro realized that his one-click purchase habits were more of a physical Twitch than an intentional action. It turned out, this Twitch wasn’t just limited to online spending. It applied to social media, impulsive smartphone usage, and more.
Break the Twitch is all about minimizing distractions and doing more of what matters.
Check out Anthony's new book, Break the Twitch: http://breakthetwitch.com/book

The original post is located here: http://www.breakthetwitch.com/missing-moments

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Mar 14, 2018

Natashia Larkin with Tiny Buddha shares 4 things a wise man taught her about making the most of this short life.

Episode 824: 4 Things a Wise Man Taught Me About Making the Most of This Short Life by Natashia Larkin with Tiny Buddha (Carpe Diem).

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/4-things-wise-man-taught-making-short-life

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Mar 13, 2018

Benjamin Hardy shares how to banish mediocrity from your life.

Episode 823: Mediocrity is a Virus. Here's How to Banish It From Your Life by Benjamin Hardy (Willpower Doesn't Work - Consistency).

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.

Check out his new book, Willpower Doesn't Work: benjaminhardy.com/books

The original post is located here: https://medium.com/the-mission/mediocrity-is-a-virus-heres-how-to-banish-it-from-your-life-52a618c93391

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Mar 12, 2018

Tony Teegarden with Good Life Zen shares 7 benefits of practicing detachment from your possessions.

Episode 822: 7 Benefits of Practicing Detachment from S.T.U.F.F. by Tony Teegarden with Good Life Zen (Emotional Freedom).

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.

The original post is located here: https://goodlifezen.com/7-benefits-of-practicing-detachment-from-s-t-u-f-f

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Mar 11, 2018

Mr. Money Mustache shares why he adheres to a low information diet. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 821: The Low Information Diet - Part 2 by Mr. Money Mustache (Personal Development & Happiness).

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.

The original post is located here: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2013/10/01/the-low-information-diet

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Mar 10, 2018

Mr. Money Mustache shares why he adheres to a low information diet. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 820: The Low Information Diet - Part 1 by Mr. Money Mustache (Perception of Risk & Productivity).

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.

The original post is located here: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2013/10/01/the-low-information-diet

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Mar 9, 2018

Elle Sloboda from Dr. Chris Patti's class at Appalachian State University shares a lesson in creativity.

Episode 819: Chocolate Chip Waffles by Elle Sloboda with with Appalachian State University (Communication Course with Dr. Chris Patti).

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Mar 8, 2018

Alex Curry from Dr. Chris Patti's class at Appalachian State University shares how he's grown in love.

Episode 818: Growing in Love by Alex Curry from Appalachian State University (Communication Course with Dr. Chris Patti).

The original post is located here: http://OLDPodcast.com/growing

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Mar 7, 2018

Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle shares how to be both a gentleman and a scholar.

Episode 817: How to be a Gentleman and a Scholar by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle (Personal Development Advice & Learning).

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: http://exilelifestyle.com/gentleman-scholar

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