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Optimal Living Daily: Personal Development & Minimalism

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Sep 30, 2018

J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly shares his thoughts on the paradox of choice and the dangers of perfection.

Episode 1024: The Paradox of Choice and the Dangers of Perfection by JD Roth of Get Rich Slowly (Personal Development & Habits)

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/the-paradox-of-choice-and-the-dangers-of-perfection/

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Sep 29, 2018

Helene Massicotte of Free To Pursue shares her thoughts on people living with untold burdens.

Episode 1023: You Just Never Know by Helene Massicotte (Dealing with Death and Adversity & Overcoming Depression & Anxiety)

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/2016/10/6/you-just-never-know

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Sep 28, 2018

2 short posts from Allison Carmen where she asks why it is so tough to be a positive thinker and discusses the stuff that really matters.

Episode 1022: Why Is It So Tough To Be A Positive Thinker AND The Stuff That Really Matters by Allison Carmen (Happiness)

Allison Carmen holds a B.A. in accounting, a J.D. of Law, and a Master’s of Law in taxation. After working for a large law firm in Manhattan, Allison founded her own law firm and built a successful practice focusing on real estate, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and taxation. After 15 years of practicing law, Allison transitioned her practice into business consulting, business coaching and life coaching. Today, Allison’s clients range from owners of multi-million dollar companies to artists, actors, writers, and parents. She's also the host of the podcast: 10 Minutes to Less Suffering.

The original posts are located here:
http://www.allisoncarmen.com/2013/09/27/why-is-it-so-tough-to-be-a-positive-thinker/
http://www.allisoncarmen.com/2014/02/02/the-stuff-that-really-matters/

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Sep 27, 2018

Steve Pavlina shares his thoughts on emotional mastery.

Episode 1021: Emotional Mastery by Steve Pavlina (Overcoming Fear & Motivation Tips & Inspiration to Improve & Reach Potential)

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/2004/11/emotional-mastery/

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Sep 26, 2018

Benjamin Hardy shares 2 quotes that will reshape your approach to life.

Episode 1020: 2 Quotes That Will Reshape Your Approach To Life by Benjamin Hardy (Power of Desire & Reaching True Potential)

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/2-quotes-that-will-reshape-your-approach-to-life-194ce05586fd

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Sep 25, 2018

Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle shares his thoughts on personality tests.

Episode 1019: The Tests Who Think They Know Me by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle (Personal Development & Inspiration & Improve)

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/tests/

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Sep 24, 2018

Mr. Money Mustache shares why you can't cure obesity with bigger pants.

Episode 1018: You Can't Cure Obesity with Bigger Pants by Mr. Money Mustache (Procrastination and Motivation & Self Discipline)

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/2012/01/09/you-cant-cure-obesity-with-bigger-pants/

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Sep 23, 2018

Jason Lengstorf with Roman Fitness Systems shares why your excuse is invalid. This is part 2 of 2.

Episode 1017: [Part 2] Your Excuse Is Invalid by Jason Lengstorf with Roman Fitness Systems (Habits & Positive Growth Mindset)

RFS originally began as a personal training company servicing the NYC Metro area back in 2003. Through that company, Roman coached everyone from professional athletes to actors to regular folks. In 2009, John Romaniello started the site to more conveniently merge his love of fitness and writing. While it was “just a blog” at first, it quickly became much, much more. Slowly but surely, writing articles, blog posts and books became the priority. Today, RFS continues to be one of the most respected sites for high quality fitness and lifestyle information around.

The original post is located here: http://romanfitnesssystems.com/articles/your-excuse-is-invalid/

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Sep 22, 2018

Jason Lengstorf with Roman Fitness Systems shares why your excuse is invalid. This is part 1 of 2.

Episode 1016: [Part 1] Your Excuse Is Invalid by Jason Lengstorf with Roman Fitness Systems (Personal Development & Growth Blog)

RFS originally began as a personal training company servicing the NYC Metro area back in 2003. Through that company, Roman coached everyone from professional athletes to actors to regular folks. In 2009, John Romaniello started the site to more conveniently merge his love of fitness and writing. While it was “just a blog” at first, it quickly became much, much more. Slowly but surely, writing articles, blog posts and books became the priority. Today, RFS continues to be one of the most respected sites for high quality fitness and lifestyle information around.

The original post is located here: http://romanfitnesssystems.com/articles/your-excuse-is-invalid/

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Sep 21, 2018

Chalene Johnson of Build Your Tribe shares 5 essentials for creating a to-do list for your successful future.

Episode 1015: 5 Essentials for Creating A To-Do List For Your Successful Future by Chalene Johnson (Productivity & Task Lists)

Chalene Johnson is a world-renowned motivational speaker with more than 30 years as a health expert. She is a New York Times best-selling author, health and lifestyle expert, and top health podcaster with over 20 million downloads of The Chalene Show. Tens of millions of people around the globe have transformed their bodies and their lives with her help, and her fitness programs have been featured in gyms and on TV for more than 12 years. She and Bret, her husband of over twenty years, are the founders of the SmartLife movement. Together, they have built and sold several multimillion-dollar lifestyle companies and helped countless people to do the same.

The original post is located here: http://www.chalenejohnson.com/goals/5-essentials-for-creating-a-to-do-list-for-your-successful-future/

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Sep 20, 2018

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares the habits of happiness.

Episode 1014: The Habits of Happiness by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Follow Your Passion & Pursuing Dreams & Self Discipline)

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/brighten/

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Sep 19, 2018

T.K. Coleman shares something that he never wants to lose.

Episode 1013: Something I Never Want to Lose by TK Coleman (Self Help & Inspiring & Appreciation for Life & Finding 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/2015/03/31/something-i-never-want-to-lose/

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Sep 18, 2018

2 short posts from James Altucher where he shares the most important choice you can make and asks if you are the exception or the rule.

Episode 1012: The Most Important Choice You Can Make AND Are You The Exception or The Rule by James Altucher (Willpower Habits)

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/2017/02/important-choice-can-make/
https://jamesaltucher.com/2015/06/are-you-the-exception-or-the-rule/

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Sep 17, 2018

Anthony Ongaro with No Sidebar shares 5 ways to live more intentionally.

Episode 1011: 5 Ways to Live More Intentionally by Anthony Ongaro with No Sidebar (Minimalism & Simple Living & Mindfulness)

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/live-intentionally/

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Sep 16, 2018

Jesse Syswerda with Be More With Less shares how to buy less and create the best wardrobe you've ever had.

Episode 1010: How to Buy Less And Create the Best Wardrobe You've Ever Had by Jesse Syswerda with Be More With Less (Minimalist)

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/buyless-2/

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Sep 15, 2018

Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to be Rich shares why goal setting is dead and what you should do instead.

Episode 1009: Goal Setting is Dead. Do This Instead by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You To Be Rich (How to Build Habit Momentum)

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/goal-setting-is-dead-do-this-instead/

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Sep 14, 2018

Tynan shares how he creates plans that can't fail.

Episode 1008: Plans Which Can't Fail by Tynan of Tynan.com (Personal Development & Self Help for Productivity & Happiness).

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/cantfail

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Sep 13, 2018

Justin shares some big announcements and answers listener questions.

Episode 1007: Big Announcements, Questions & Answers, and Checking in with Justin.

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Sep 12, 2018

Chalene Johnson takes over this special episode.

Episode 1006: Chalene Johnson of The Chalene Show & Build Your Tribe Podcasts Takes Over

Chalene Johnson is a world-renowned motivational speaker with more than 30 years as a health expert. She is a New York Times best-selling author, health and lifestyle expert, and top health podcaster with over 20 million downloads of The Chalene Show. Tens of millions of people around the globe have transformed their bodies and their lives with her help, and her fitness programs have been featured in gyms and on TV for more than 12 years. She and Bret, her husband of over twenty years, are the founders of the SmartLife movement. Together, they have built and sold several multimillion-dollar lifestyle companies and helped countless people to do the same.

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Sep 11, 2018

John Lee Dumas takes over this special episode.

Episode 1005: John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneurs On Fire Takes Over

John Lee Dumas is the founder and host of Entrepreneurs On Fire, an award winning podcast where he interviews inspiring Entrepreneurs every Monday and drops value bombs every Thursday. His goal with Entrepreneurs On Fire is to deliver the inspiration and strategies you need to FIRE UP your entrepreneurial journey and create teh life you've always dreamed of. 

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Sep 10, 2018

Marc Chernoff and Angel Chernoff take over this special episode.

1004: Marc Chernoff and Angel Chernoff of Marc And Angel Hack Life Take Over

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.

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Sep 9, 2018

Lewis Howes of The School of Greatness podcast takes over this special episode.

Episode 1003: Lewis Howes of The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes Podcast Takes Over

Lewis Howes is a lifestyle entrepreneur, high performance business coach, author, and keynote speaker. A former professional football player and two-sport All-American, he is a current USA Men's National Handball Team athlete. Lewis hosts The School of Greatness podcast, which has received millions of downloads since it launched in 2013. His newest book, The School of Greatness, provides a framework for achieving real, sustainable, repeatable success. You get the tools, knowledge, and actionable resources to take your vision and turn it into a reality. Lewis was recognized by The White House and President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under 30.

Learn more at LewisHowes.com or follow him on social media @lewishowes.

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Sep 8, 2018

Jordan Harbinger of The Jordan Harbinger Show has taken over this special episode.

Thank you Jordan for taking time to do this!

Episode 1002: Jordan Harbinger of The Jordan Harbinger Show Takes Over

Jordan Harbinger, often referred to as The Larry King of podcasting, is a Wall Street lawyer turned interview talk show host, and communications & social dynamics expert.

You can find out more aobut him and his podcast here: jordanharbinger.com/podcast and here: advancedhumandynamics.com/LevelOne

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Sep 7, 2018

Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists has taken over this special episode. The Minimalists were the first authors to give me approval to narrate their content back in 2015. I owe them much more than this special episode.

Thank you, Ryan, for sharing this tale!

Episode 1001: Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalism Documentary Takes Over

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.

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Sep 6, 2018

I'm here, in text form. Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists has taken over this special episode. The Minimalists were the first authors to give me approval to narrate their content back in 2015. I owe them much more than this special episode.

The truth is, I didn't understand this piece that Josh read. Then I heard it three more times. I still didn't really follow. I'm simply not used to this style of writing. After narrating a thousand episodes, I'm familiar with something entirely different.

After the 5th time, it started coming together, and Josh does a nice job explaining that at the beginning. This an episode I'll revisit.

Thank you, Joshua, for taking the time and for being a friend.

Episode 1000: Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists Podcast Takes Over.

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.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/07/23/now-more-than-ever

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