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Jun 30, 2018

JD Roth of Get Rich Slowly shares notes and takeaways from the new edition of the brilliant book "Your Money or Your Life."

Episode 932: Finding Balance Between Time & Money by JD Roth of Get Rich Slowly (Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin Notes).

J.D. Roth has been reading and writing about personal finance for a decade. Today he’s financially independent, but ten years ago, his money life was a disaster, with over $35,000 in consumer debt. He started turning everything around in 2004. By being the boss of your own life, you, too, can be the master of your own financial fate.

The original post is located here: https://www.getrichslowly.org/finding-balance-between-time-and-money

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Jun 29, 2018

Ross Enamait of Ross Training shares why discipline is more important than motivation.

Episode 931: Adding Discipline to Passion by Ross Enamait of Ross Training (Self-Discipline & Developing Habits for Success).

Founded by Ross Enamait, RossTraining.com is dedicated to excellence and innovations in high performance conditioning, strength, and athletic development. His goal with the site is to provide a content-rich resource to assist with your development. As a long time trainer and boxing coach, Ross has dedicated his life to the development and improvement of athletes. He has been in business for over 15 years and has helped numerous athletes succeed at the world class level. It is his career and obsession.

The original post is located here: http://rosstraining.com/blog/2016/01/05/adding-discipline-to-passion

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Jun 28, 2018

Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle shares how he uses personal data tracking practically.

Episode 930: Self-Reported by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle (Using Data & Self Assessment to Evaluate Your Mindset).

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/selfreported

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Jun 27, 2018

Mr. Money Mustache shares the background of why haters hate and how he handles them.

Episode 929: Haters Gonna Hate (But Not Mate) by Mr. Money Mustache of MrMoneyMustache.com (Complaint Free Lifestyle).

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: https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2014/01/20/haters-gonna-hate-but-not-mate

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Jun 26, 2018

Mark Manson shares the story of a famous psychologist and what it means in your own life.

Episode 928: The Prime Belief by Mark Manson of MarkManson.net (Personal Responsibility & Developing Habits for Self Discipline).

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/the-prime-belief

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Jun 25, 2018

Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist shares the productivity of being non-productive.

Episode 927: The Productivity of Being Non-Productive by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist (Rest to Improve Performance).

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/produce

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Jun 24, 2018

Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists shares a story of confronting perfection. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 926: [Part 2] Imperfect is the New Perfect by Joshua Fields Millburn - The Minimalists (Confidence in Yourself).

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/perfect

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Jun 23, 2018

Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists shares a story of confronting perfection. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 925: [Part 1] Imperfect is the New Perfect by Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists (The Pressure of Perfection).

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/perfect

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Jun 22, 2018

Amanda Kendle with Cait Flanders shares how traveling has changed her and her son's life for the better.

Episode 924: Seeing the World Can Change Your World by Amanda Kendle with CaitFlanders.com (A Purposeful Life with Travel).

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/2017/11/15/travel-can-change-your-world

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Jun 21, 2018

New author on the show, T.K. Coleman, shares why we should never assume that our definition of being positive is the same as another person's.

Episode 923: Take a Walk on the Dark Side by T.K. Coleman of TKColeman.com (Perspective of Happiness & Choosing to be Optimistic).

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/2017/12/23/take-walk-dark-side

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Jun 20, 2018

2 shorter posts from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on beliefs and happiness.

Episode 922: The Miracle of Suspending Mis-Belief & The Three Secrets to Happiness by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Choose to be Happy).

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 posts are located here:
https://zenhabits.net/misbelief
https://zenhabits.net/the-three-secrets-to-happiness

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Jun 19, 2018

Marc of Marc & Angel Hack Life shares 7 things happy, healthy people do every morning.

Episode 921: 7 Things Happy, Healthy People Do Every Morning by Marc Chernoff of Marc & Angel (Developing Habits & Self Discipline).

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/2014/12/07/7-things-happy-healthy-people-do-every-morning

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Jun 18, 2018

Melissa Camara Wilkins with No Sidebar shares 2 shorter posts on simplifying and your minimalist journey.

Episode 920: 4 Signs It's Time to Simplify And 5 Ways to Jump-Start Your Minimalist Journey by Melissa Camara Wilkins (Declutter).

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/time-to-simplify

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Jun 17, 2018

Benjamin Hardy shares how setting parameters on work and social media can change your life.

Episode 919: How Setting Parameters on Work & Social Media Can Change Your Life by Benjamin Hardy (Work-Life Balance & Family Time).

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/the-mission/how-to-live-a-life-of-balance-and-high-productivity-bd5434a61c79

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Jun 16, 2018

Tynan shares how he has trained himself to stop worrying.

Episode 918: Never Worrying by Tynan of Tynan.com (Mental Model - Emotional Freedom & Remove Yourself from Stressful Situations).

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/worry

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Jun 15, 2018

Chris Guillebeau shares a field guide to wandering the wilderness of the soul.

Episode 917: A Field Guide to Wandering in the Wilderness of the Soul by Chris Guillebeau of ChrisGuillebeau.com (Resilient in 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/field-guide-to-wandering-in-the-wilderness-of-the-soul

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Jun 14, 2018

2 shorter posts from Anthony Ongaro of Break the Twitch, on your environment and failure.

Episode 916: Build the Right Choice Into Your Environment & Without Failure There is No Success by Anthony Ongaro - Break The Twitch.

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 posts are located here:
https://www.breakthetwitch.com/build-right-choice-environment
https://www.breakthetwitch.com/failure

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Jun 13, 2018

David Cain of Raptitude shares the small habit that could save the world.

Episode 915: The Small Habit That Could Save the World by David Cain of Raptitude.com (Kindness to Others & Choosing Happiness).

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: https://www.raptitude.com/2015/04/small-habit

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Jun 12, 2018

Steve Pavlina shares how to bring your life into alignment.

Episode 914: Bringing Your Life Into Alignment by Steve Pavlina (Creating Happiness & Living with Purpose and Passion).

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/2017/10/bring-life-alignment

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Jun 11, 2018

Courtney Carver of Be More With Less shares a motivational post: the right time is right now.

Episode 913: The Right Time is Right Now by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less (Above & Beyond Typical Motivational Advice).

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/the-right-time-is-right-now

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Jun 10, 2018

Kristin Wong of The Wild Wong opens up and shares how to work while you're dealing with depression.

Episode 912: How to Work While You're Dealing with Depression by Kristin Wong of TheWildWong.com (The Productivity Paradox).

Kristin Wong is a freelance writer and journalist who writes for Lifehacker, Mentalfloss, and New York Magazine. She frequently covers travel, personal finance, and human behavior.
Kristin launched her own blog, www.thewildwong.com, to write about life as a work-from-anywhere freelancer. She aims to help other creative entrepreneurs navigate the tricky world of freelancing, from managing money to traveling the world to staying productive and getting stuff done.
Kristin is a self-professed money geek and is slated to publish a book about personal finance in March of 2018.

The original post is located here: https://www.thewildwong.com/working-with-depression

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Jun 9, 2018

Cylon George of Spiritual Living for Busy People shares the 4 steps to conquering your to-do list and beating stress.

Episode 911: 4 Steps to Conquering Your To Do List & Beating Stress by Cylon George of Spiritual Living for Busy People (The Daily List).

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.

The original post is located here: https://www.spirituallivingforbusypeople.com/stress

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Jun 8, 2018

2 posts from Lori Deschene of Tiny Buddha, on social anxiety and worry.

Episode 910: Embarrass Yourself And Worry Serves No Useful Purpose by Lori Deschene of Tiny Buddha (Anxiety & Panic Attacks).

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 posts are located here:
https://tinybuddha.com/blog/do-happy-embarrass-yourself
https://tinybuddha.com/blog/worry-serves-no-useful-purpose-2

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Jun 7, 2018

New author for the show: Ryan Holiday shares why stoicism is a practical philosophy you can actually use.

Episode 909: Stoicism: Practical Philosophy You Can Actually Use by Ryan Holiday of RyanHoliday.net.

Ryan Holiday is a writer and media strategist whose creative agency, Brass Check, has advised Google, TASER, and Complex as well as bestselling authors like Tony Robbins, Tim Ferriss, and Neil Strauss. He is the author of six books and started his blog around 10 years ago to help his journey in self-education.

The original post is located here: https://ryanholiday.net/stoicism-a-practical-philosophy-you-can-actually-use

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Jun 6, 2018

Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to be Rich shares something really weird that people do (and what we should do instead).

Episode 908: This is a Really Weird Thing That People Do by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to be Rich (Empowering Others to Achieve).

Ramit 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 been pictured next to Warren Buffett in Forbes Magazine, as well as 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.

The original post is located here: https://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/this-is-a-really-weird-thing-that-people-do

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