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Jan 31, 2019

Steve Pavlina shares his thoughts on self-discipline and persistence.

Episode 1147: Self-Discipline: Persistence by Steve Pavlina on Reaching Goals & Achieving Success

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/2005/06/self-discipline-persistence/

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Jan 30, 2019

Kathy Seaton with UCI Division of Continuing Education shares how to get power from uncomfortable situations.

Episode 1146: Get Power from Uncomfortable Situations by Kathy Seaton with UCI Division of Continuing Education

Since 1962, University of California, Division of Continuing Education has been offering continuing education for adult learners in Orange County for over half a century. Today they maintain over 30,000 enrollments from students worldwide each year and offer hundreds of exciting courses and programs to local, regional and global constituencies.

The original post is located here:
https://ce.uci.edu/careerzot/ge-power-uncomfortable-situations/

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Jan 29, 2019

Isaac Morehouse shares why it's much easier than you think to live the life you want.

Episode 1145: It's Much Easier Than You Think to Live the Life You Want by Isaac Morehouse on Simple Living & Emotional Freedom

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/2016/03/12/its-much-easier-than-you-think-to-live-the-life-you-want/

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Jan 28, 2019

Lee Hughes with The Minimalists shares his thoughts on minimalism and happiness through scientific eyes.

Episode 1144: Minimalism & Happiness Through Scientific Eyes by Lee Hughes with The Minimalists on Simple Living

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:
http://www.theminimalists.com/scientific/

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Jan 27, 2019

Chris Guillebeau shares his thoughts on the decision to be remarkable.

Episode 1143: The Decision to Be Remarkable by Chris Guillebeau on Pursuing Greatness

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/the-decision-to-be-remarkable/

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Jan 26, 2019

Greg Audino asks if you are positive about positive thinking?

Episode 1142: Are You Positive About Positive Thinking? by Greg Audino on Optimism & Compassion

Greg Audino of gregaudino.com is both a certified life coach and an actor. He combines his passions to create short and digestible videos which shine new light on the turbulent areas of life that many of us already have our minds made up about. Constantly seeking to share new insight, Audino uses humor and a variety of PG-13 examples to offer a refreshing and more relatable approach to self-development. TV fanatics can find him with principle roles on shows like Westworld, SWAT, Modern Family, and Jane the Virgin to name a few. Honest, free videos for an honest, free life can be found at gregaudino.com/videos/.

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https://gregaudino.com/are-you-positive-about-positive-thinking/

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Jan 25, 2019

T.K. Coleman shares why you should be free even when people disagree.

Episode 1141: Be Free (Even When People Disagree) by TK Coleman on How to be Confident & Authentic

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/2017/04/27/be-free-even-when-people-disagree/

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Jan 24, 2019

Mark Manson shares why you should find what you love and let it kill you.

Episode 1140: Find What You Love and Let It Kill You by Mark Manson on Finding Passion and Purpose in Life

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/find-what-you-love

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Jan 23, 2019

Helene Massicotte of Free To Pursue shares why respecting boundaries is a win/win/win.

Episode 1139: Why Respecting Boundaries Is A Win/Win/Win by Helene Massicotte of Free To Pursue on Healthy Relationship

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/2015/12/14/boundaries-a-winwinwin

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Jan 22, 2019

Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist shares the freedom of authenticity and 7 of his biggest flaws.

Episode 1138: The Freedom of Authenticity (and 7 of My Biggest Flaws) by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist on Self Awareness

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/i-am-flawed/

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Jan 21, 2019

Jen Smith of Modern Frugality shares how the aspiring minimalist can modify the KonMari method.

Episode 1137: How The Aspiring Minimalist Can Modify The KonMari Method by Jen Smith of Modern Frugality on Marie Kondo

Jen Smith is a twenty-something on budget with an uber-frugal husband. Travis and her got married on October 3rd, 2015 with almost $78,000 of debt between them. With lots of frugality and side hustles, they paid it off in 23 months and have been debt free since August 31st, 2017. Growing up no one taught Jen about personal finance. There was never any talk about retirement, investing, or life insurance. When she went to college she had no clue how to pay for it so she took out loans a credit card to get by. Jen's goal is to prove to all the haters that living frugally isn't boing or just for privileged people. She wants to encourage you and help you along your journey in paying off debt and ditching the clutter that holds you back.

The original post is located here: https://www.modernfrugality.com/modify-the-konmari-method/

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Jan 20, 2019

Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle shares his thoughts metacognitive exercises.

Episode 1136: Metacognitive Exercises by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle on Personal Development & Mindfulness

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/metacognitive-exercises/

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Jan 19, 2019

David Cain of Raptitude shares three things we all need to know about desire.

Episode 1135: Three Things We All Need to Know About Desire by David Cain of Raptitude on Intentional Living

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/217/7/three-things-we-all-need-to-know-about-desire/

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Jan 18, 2019

Michael Mehlberg of Modern da Vinci shares four lessons motorcycles taught him about focus.

Episode 1134: Four Lessons Motorcycles Taught Me About Focus by Michael Mehlberg of Modern da Vinci on Clarity & Vision

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.

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https://www.moderndavinci.net/blog/2015/6/6/four-lessons-motorcycles-taught-me-about-focus

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Jan 17, 2019

Benjamin Hardy shares how to change your life in 30 days.

Episode 1133: How To Change Your Life In 30 Days by Benjamin Hardy on Willpower & Creativity

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/this-30-day-challenge-will-transform-your-identity-and-explode-your-success-813a76427652

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Jan 16, 2019

Chantalle Blikman with Tiny Buddha shares 5 ways to get energized and motivated when you feel lazy.

Episode 1132: 5 Ways to Get Energized and Motivated When You Feel Lazy by Chantalle Blikman with Tiny Buddha on Inspiration

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/5-ways-get-energized-motivated-feel-lazy/

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Jan 15, 2019

Tynan shares his thoughts on carrying weight in life.

Episode 1131: Carry the Weight by Tynan on Personal Responsibility & Hard Work

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/weight

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Jan 14, 2019

Victoria Vargas with Rowdy Kittens shares her thoughts on understanding the poetics of space.

Episode 1130: Understanding The Poetics of Space by Victoria Vargas with Rowdy Kittens on Tiny Homes & KonMari

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/2010/05/poetics-of-space

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Jan 13, 2019

Courtney Carver of Be More With Less shares how to stop killing dreams.

Episode 1129: How to Stop Killing Dreams by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less on Pursuing Your Passions

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/how-to-stop-killing-dreams/

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Jan 12, 2019

Britt with No Sidebar shares her thoughts on learning to savor the firsts and the lasts.

Episode 1128: Learning to Savor the Firsts and the Lasts by Britt with No Sidebar on 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/savor/

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Jan 11, 2019

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares four antidotes to procrastination.

Episode 1127: Four Antidotes to Procrastination by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Getting Things Done

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/antidotes

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Jan 10, 2019

Marc Chernoff of Marc and Angel Hack Life shares 3 great ways to force yourself to be more grateful and a lot happier.

Episode 1126: 3 Great Ways to Force Yourself to Be More Grateful (and a Lot Happier) by Marc Chernoff of Marc And Angel

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/2016/08/28/3-great-ways-to-force-yourself-to-be-more-grateful/

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Jan 9, 2019

Cylon George of Spiritual Living for Busy People shares why you're afraid to commit to your goals.

Episode 1125: Why You're Afraid to Commit to Your Goals by Cylon George of Spiritual Living For Busy People

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/commit-to-your-goals

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Jan 8, 2019

Steve Pavlina shares his thoughts self-discipline and willpower.

Episode 1124: Self-Discipline: Willpower by Steve Pavlina on Creating Habits to Achieve Success

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/2005/06/self-discipline-willpower/

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Jan 7, 2019

Cait Flanders shares why minimalism isn't a numbers game.

Episode 1123: Minimalism Isn't a Numbers Game by Cait Flanders on How to Start A Minimalist Life

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/2015/03/23/minimalism-isnt-a-numbers-game/

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