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Nov 30, 2018

Paula Pant of Afford Anything shares the ONE critical thing holding you back from happiness.

Episode 1085: The ONE Critical Thing Holding You Back From Happiness by Paula Pant of Afford Anything

Paula Pant is the founder of the award-winning website AffordAnything.com and a writer and speaker specializing in money, business, and real estate investing. She is a real estate investor, as the owner of seven rental property units in metropolitan Atlanta. She holds a real estate license in Georgia. She's also the host of the Afford Anything podcast.

The original post is located here: https://affordanything.com/one-critical-thing-holding-back/

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Nov 29, 2018

An excerpt from the book A Year of Living Kindly by Donna Cameron

Episode 1084: An Excerpt from A Year of Living Kindly by Donna Cameron

After many deeply-satisfying years of non-profit management, Donna Cameron is spending time exploring the good life that Rachel Remen describes as "pursuing unanswerable questions in good company." Donna believes kindness is an undervalued quality that has the potential to change lives and perhaps change the world.

Learn more about Donna and the book here: https://ayearoflivingkindly.com/

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Nov 28, 2018

Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle shares his thoughts on building community.

Episode 1083: How You Get There by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle on Building Community

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/how-you-get-there/

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Nov 27, 2018

Nir Eyal and Stuart Luman share their thoughts on getting over your fear of missing out.

Episode 1082: Getting Over Your Fear of Missing Out by Nir Eyal and Stuart Luman of Nir And Far on Improving Happiness

Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.”
Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.
In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir’s writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today.
Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Pantry, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Symphony Commerce, Worklife (acquired by Cisco) and Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn).
Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.

The original post is located here: https://www.nirandfar.com/2015/01/fomo.html

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Nov 26, 2018

Helene Massicotte of Free To Pursue shares why you should avoid the obligation creep if you want a happier version of you.

Episode 1081: Want a Happier Version of You? Avoid The Obligation Creep by Helene Massicotte of Free To Pursue on Simple Living

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.

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http://www.freetopursue.com/blog/2014/10/7/avoid-the-obligation-creep

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Nov 25, 2018

T.K. Coleman shares why if you think you can do better, then you should go do it.

Episode 1080: If You Think You Can Do Better, Then Go Do It by T.K. Coleman of Office Hours on Personal Development

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/2017/12/14/think-can-better-go/

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Nov 24, 2018

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares 7 little habits that can change your life and how to form them.

Episode 1079: 7 Little Habits That Can Change Your Life, and How to Form Them by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits

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/7-little-habits-that-can-change-your-life-and-how-to-form-them/

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Nov 23, 2018

Isaac Morehouse shares how to make better decisions.

Episode 1078: Want to Make Better Decisions? Get Some Skin in the Game by Isaac Morehouse on Personal Growth

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/2015/06/02/want-to-make-better-decisions-get-some-skin-in-the-game/

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Nov 22, 2018

Benjamin Hardy shares how you love what you invest yourself in.

Episode 1077: You Love What You Invest Yourself In by Benjamin Hardy on Building Habits & the MGTOW Lifestyle

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/you-love-what-you-invest-yourself-in-73b5d146b73d

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Nov 21, 2018

Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to be Rich shares how we're manipulated to rant about stuff we know nothing about.

Episode 1076: How We're Manipulated To Rant About Stuff We Know Nothing About by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You To Be Rich

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/rant-know-nothing/

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Nov 20, 2018

Cal Newport of the Study Hacks blog shares how to use time arbitrage to maximize your productivity profit.

Episode 1075: Monday Master Class: How to Use Time Arbitrage to Maximize Your Productivity Profit by Cal Newport

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/2008/01/21/monday-master-class-how-to-use-time-arbitrage-to-maximize-your-productivity-profit/

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Nov 19, 2018

Courtney Carver of Be More With Less shares her little guide to starting small.

Episode 1074: The Little Guide to Starting Small by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less on Simple Living

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-little-guide-to-starting-small/

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Nov 18, 2018

Matt Madeiro with Rowdy Kittens shares the longest day of his life. This is part 2 of 2.

Episode 1073: [Part 2] The Longest Day of My Life by Matt Madeiro with Rowdy Kittens on Mental Freedom

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.

The original post is located here: https://www.rowdykittens.com/blog/2011/03/the-longest-day-of-my-life

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Nov 17, 2018

Matt Madeiro with Rowdy Kittens shares the longest day of his life. This is part 1 of 2.

Episode 1072: [Part 1] The Longest Day of My Life by Matt Madeiro with Rowdy Kittens on Minimalism

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.

The original post is located here: https://www.rowdykittens.com/blog/2011/03/the-longest-day-of-my-life

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Nov 16, 2018

J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly shares his adventures in his war on stuff.

Episode 1071: Further Adventures in My War on Stuff by JD Roth of Get Rich Slowly on Self Help

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/further-adventures-in-my-war-on-stuff/

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Nov 15, 2018

Chris Guillebeau shares his thoughts on all the things you don't need.

Episode 1070: All the Things You Don't Need by Chris Guillebeau on Personal Development

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/all-the-things-you-dont-need/

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Nov 14, 2018

Vitaliy Katsenelson of Contrarian Edge shares his thoughts on how to invest the Dale Carnegie way.

Episode 1069: How To Invest The Dale Carnegie Way by Vitaliy Katsenelson of Contrarian Edge

Vitaliy Katsenelson is the CEO and Chief Investment Officer at Investment Management Associates. He has written two books on investing, which were published by John Wiley & Sons and have translated into eight languages.

The original post is located here: https://contrarianedge.com/how-to-invest-the-dale-carnegie-way/

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Nov 13, 2018

Lisa Avellan with No Sidebar shares her thoughts on avoiding a stressful holiday season.

Episode 1068: Avoiding a Stressful Holiday Season by Lisa Avellan 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/stressful-holiday-season/

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Nov 12, 2018

2 shorter posts from Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists sharing their thoughts on minimalism and security.

Episode 1067: Minimalism Kills Fear AND Security Is A Misnomer 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 posts are located here:
https://www.theminimalists.com/fear/
https://www.theminimalists.com/security/

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Nov 11, 2018

James Altucher shares how he changed his life in a weekend.

Episode 1066: And Then This Is How I Changed My Life This Weekend by James Altucher on Personal Growth

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 post is located here: https://jamesaltucher.com/2017/11/changed-life-weekend/

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Nov 10, 2018

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares his thoughts on making it through tough journeys.

Episode 1065: On Making It Through Tough Journeys by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Personal Development

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/troubles/

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Nov 9, 2018

Tynan shares his thoughts on getting roughly what you deserve.

Episode 1064: Roughly What You Deserve by Tynan on the Growth Mindset

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/deserve

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Nov 8, 2018

Steve Pavlina shares his thoughts living your life purpose.

Episode 1063: Living Your Life Purpose by Steve Pavlina on Personal 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/2011/06/living-your-life-purpose/

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Nov 7, 2018

Midge Greentree with Tiny Buddha shares how simple, little happy habits can make a huge difference.

Episode 1062: How Simple, Little Happy Habits Can Make a Huge Difference by Midge Greentree 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/simple-little-happy-habits/

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Nov 6, 2018

Ryan Holiday shares why how you do anything is how you everything.

Episode 1061: How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything by Ryan Holiday

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/how-you-do-anything-is-how-you-do-everything/

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