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Jun 30, 2019

Mark Manson shares his thoughts on minimalism. This is part 1 of 2.

Episode 1297: [Part 1] Minimalism by Mark Manson on Simple Living & Clarity of Thinking

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/minimalism

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Jun 29, 2019

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares a primer on full-screen living.

Episode 1296: A Primer on Full-Screen Living by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Mindfulness & Living in the Moment

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: http://zenhabits.net/full-screen

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Jun 28, 2019

Tynan asks what won't you have?

Episode 1295: What Won't You Have? by Tynan on Making Difficult Decisions & Changing Priorities

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/notthat

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Jun 27, 2019

Jennifer of Simply Fiercely shares 6 things your soul needs to hear.

Episode 1294: 6 Things Your Soul Needs to Hear by Jennifer with Simply Fiercely on Living Your Best Life

Jennifer is a traveller, minimalist and dream chaser. She grew up near Baltimore, Maryland but she caught a bad case of wanderlust at an early age and it has taken her all over the world. She is a reformed shopaholic turned minimalist and believes that clearing out the clutter is a vital part of creating a life you love.

The original post is located here: https://www.simplyfiercely.com/6-things-soul-needs-hear/

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Jun 26, 2019

T.K. Coleman shares why you should beware of philosophical fomo.

Episode 1293: Beware of Philosophical Fomo by TK Coleman 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/2017/12/15/beware-philosophical-fomo/

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Jun 25, 2019

Jay and Heather Harrington share their thoughts on mind over matter.

Episode 1292: From Age to Achievement, it's Mind Over Matter by Jay & Heather Harrington of Life And Whim on Defining Success

Jay and Heather Harrington are the husband and wife team behind Life and Whim. They started Life and Whim after moving their family to Traverse City, a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan, to break the script of their life and reimagine what's possible. They live in pursuit of a purposeful, meaningful, active, and simple life.

The original post is located here: https://www.lifeandwhim.com/first-moments-blog/mind-over-matter

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Jun 24, 2019

2 posts from Hari Berzins and Tammy Strobel of Rowdy Kittens where they share five ways to start living the life of your dreams today and the tiny guide to motivation.

Episode 1291: Five Ways to Start Living the Life of Your Dreams Today by Hari Berzins AND The Tiny Guide to Motivation by Tammy Strobel

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 posts are located here: https://www.rowdykittens.com/blog/2014/09/dreamtoday & https://www.rowdykittens.com/blog/2010/10/motivation

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Jun 23, 2019

Anthony Ongaro of Break the Twitch shares a helpful guide to lifestyle experiments. This is part 2 of 2.

Episode 1290: [Part 2] A Helpful Guide To Lifestyle Experiments by Anthony Ongaro of Break The Twitch on Personal Growth

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: https://www.breakthetwitch.com/lifestyle-experiments/

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Jun 22, 2019

Anthony Ongaro of Break the Twitch shares a helpful guide to lifestyle experiments. This is part 1 of 2.

Episode 1289: [Part 1] A Helpful Guide To Lifestyle Experiments by Anthony Ongaro of Break The Twitch on Self Development

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: https://www.breakthetwitch.com/lifestyle-experiments/

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Jun 21, 2019

David Cain of Raptitude shares the alternative to thinking all the time.

Episode 1288: The Alternative to Thinking All the Time by David Cain of Raptitude on Meditation Practice & Mindfulness Routines

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/2017/07/alternative-to-thinking-all-the-time/

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Jun 20, 2019

J. Money shares his thoughts on how we all struggle.

Episode 1287: P.S.: We All Struggle by J. Money of Budgets Are Sexy - On Criticism & Personal Growth in the Age of Social Media

J. Money is a 6’1, hyperactive, rock a ‘hawk who loves drinking beer, blaring hip-hop, talking about money, and now playing with his two adorable baby boys. He also has a podcast: M.O.N.E.Y.
He tracked his expenses for 3 months, made a budget, read some books, and stumbled into personal finance blogging and idea sharing, randomly turning BudgetsAreSexy.com into his full time “real job” a few short years later--14 million views later!

The original post is located here: https://www.budgetsaresexy.com/ps-we-all-struggle/

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Jun 19, 2019

Benjamin Hardy shares how to make continual and increasing progress in your life.

Episode 1286: How To Make Continual and Increasing Progress In Your Life by Benjamin Hardy on Personal Development & Growth

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/how-to-make-continual-and-increasing-progress-in-your-life-7410e0a517e0

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Jun 18, 2019

An excerpt from the book Master The Key by Mike Flynn.

Episode 1285: An Excerpt from Master The Key by Mike Flynn - Self-Help with Chance, Chaos, and Things Not Going to Plan

Mike Flynn is an advisor, podcast host, writer, and sought-after speaker who is passionate about helping others make a big impact. This article is adapted from his bestselling book, Master the Key.

Learn more about the book here: https://theimpactentrepreneur.net/book

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Jun 17, 2019

2 posts from Leon Logothetis where he shares 5 ways to re-engage with life and capture the human spirit.

Episode 1284: Stuck in a Rut? 5 Ways to Re-engage with Life and Capture the Human Spirit AND Feel Like Giving Up? by Leon Logothetis

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 posts are located here:
http://www.leonlogothetis.com/stuck-rut-5-ways-re-engage-life-capture-human-spirit/ & http://www.leonlogothetis.com/feel-like-giving-up-now-is-the-time-to-fight-harder/

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Jun 16, 2019

Courtney Carver of Be More With Less shares how to make big change small.

Episode 1283: How to Make Big Change Small (8 simple ways to close one chapter and begin another) by Courtney Carver

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/close-year/

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Jun 15, 2019

Allison Carmen asks what would Buddha do on Southwest Airlines.

Episode 1282: What Would Buddha Do On Southwest Airlines? by Allison Carmen on Compassion & Patience with Others

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 post is located here: http://www.allisoncarmen.com/what-would-buddha-do-on-southwest-airlines-2/

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Jun 14, 2019

James Clear with Nir And Far shares how a simple equation reveals how habits shape your health, happiness, and wealth.

Episode 1281: This Simple Equation Reveals How Habits Shape Your Health, Happiness, and Wealth by James Clear with NirAndFar

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/2014/09/this-simple-equation-reveals-how-habits-shape-your-health-happiness-and-wealth.html

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Jun 13, 2019

Neghar Fonooni shares what the ninja turtles taught her.

Episode 1280: What The Ninja Turtles Taught Me AND Bittersweet by Neghar Fonooni on Mindfulness & Empowerment

Neghar Fonooni is a coach, speaker, and writer, giving women all over the world tools to create a lifestyle that thrills them, free of shame and unworthiness. She helps them give themselves permission to be vulnerable, authentic, and fully alive. She has worked as a personal trainer and fitness coach for over 15 years, served as an Arabic linguist in the United States Air Force, has been writing since she was eight years old, and birthed a witty and hilarious baby boy ten years ago. Her central focus is to help empower women through strength and bring wild and warm energy wherever she goes.

The original posts are located here: http://www.negharfonooni.com/ninja-turtles/ & http://www.negharfonooni.com/bittersweet/

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Jun 12, 2019

Michael Mehlberg of Modern da Vinci shares his thoughts on the best way to learn how to learn.

Episode 1279: Learn How to Learn. Yes, There's a Best Way by Michael Mehlberg of Modern da Vinci on Learning & Personal Growth

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.

The original post is located here:
https://www.moderndavinci.net/blog/2015/11/10/learn-how-to-learn-yes-theres-a-best-way

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Jun 11, 2019

Kacie Main shares her thoughts on leaning into it.

Episode 1278: Lean Into It by Kacie Main on Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone & Embracing Life

Kacie Main's affinity for writing started as a child, writing arguably overly emotional letters to family, friends, and boyfriends, and even an anonymous poem to a widowed neighbor. The first paper she wrote in college was nominated for a first-year writing award yet she still didn't think to pursue writing as a career. She spent years successfully wandering through jobs but always trying to figure out "what I want to be when I grow up." As her career path zigged and zagged, writing was always there, lurking in the background patiently waiting it's turn. Then at 32 years old, the patience ran out. She didn't sit down to write her book, it jumped out of her at perhaps the worst, best, most confusing, and most liberating time of her life.

The original post is located here: https://www.kaciemain.com/realtalk/leanintoit

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Jun 10, 2019

Katie Ping of More Of What Matters Blog shares the 4 reasons you're holding onto possessions that don't matter.

Episode 1277: The 4 Reasons You're Holding Onto Possessions That Don't Matter by Katie Ping of More Of What Matters Blog

Katie Ping is a small-town writer, yogi, and mama who values simplicity. She spent decades of her life people-pleasing and drowning in guilt and shame over parts of her that she thought were unworthy. By her late-20s, she found herself passionless and riddled with anxiety - and she knew she needed a change. Instead of creating a multi-layered plan on how to attain more peace, she started small - with a walking meditation practice. Those 15 minutes of strolling in silence down a tree-lined residential street led her to where she is today - facing her fears of imperfection and doing it anyway.

The original post is located here: http://moreofwhatmattersblog.com/the-4-reasons-youre-holding-on/

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Jun 9, 2019

Melani Schweder of A Brighter Wild shares 7 keys to making habits stick.

Episode 1276: 7 Keys To Making Habits Stick by Melani Schweder of A Brighter Wild on Personal Development & Self Discipline

Melani Schweder is a Certified Health Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher, and guide for those who want to live life in full color, even through hardships like chronic illness, divorce, or other struggle. Her own health issues led her to dig deep into alternative/natural health and take sustainable, self-guided steps towards recovery. She is passionate about holistic methods, and her unique coaching process combines the best of her knowledge in whole-foods nutrition, Reiki, mindfulness, herbal medicine, and positive psychology.

The original post is located here: https://www.abrighterwild.com/blog/how-to-make-habits-stick

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Jun 8, 2019

Ali Cornish of Everthrive shares her thoughts on books.

Episode 1275: Remember Books? by Ali Cornish with Everthrive on Reading for Personal Growth & Development

Ali Cornish created Everthrive as a response to the increasing pace, materialism, and detachment of today's society. Through words and photos, she brings awareness to the importance of living simply, healthfully, and authentically. Life can be better lived when we disconnect from distraction, slow down, and focus on what is truly important.

In addition to managing and contributing to Everthrive, she also helps others create compelling content for websites, campaigns, and social media ventures through The Media Acorn.

The original post is located here: http://everthrive.org/blog/2018/2/14/remember-books

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Jun 7, 2019

Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle shares his thoughts on biological limitations and travel buffers.

Episode 1274: Biological Limitations and Travel Buffers by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle on Self Understanding

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/biological-limitations-travel-buffers/

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Jun 6, 2019

Greg Audino shares his thoughts on stopping and asking yourself.

Episode 1273: Stop And Ask Yourself by Greg Audino on Mindfulness & Pursuing Your Goals for Personal Development

Greg Audino 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, Now Apocalypse, NCIS:LA, and Jane the Virgin to name a few. Greg's videos, as well as information about becoming a life coaching client of his, can be found at gregaudino.com.

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https://gregaudino.com/videos/

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