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Apr 22, 2018

Mark Manson shares the importance of risk-taking and how to overcome roadblocks. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 863: [Part 2] How to Break Hearts and Risk Losing Everything by Mark Manson (Perception Bias).

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/risk

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Apr 21, 2018

Mark Manson shares the importance of risk-taking and how to overcome roadblocks. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 862: [Part 1] How to Break Hearts and Risk Losing Everything by Mark Manson (Social Anxiety).

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/risk

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Apr 20, 2018

Sarah Peterson with Cait Flanders shares how every small change you make pays compound interest.

Episode 861: How Every Small Change You Make Pays Compound Interest by Sarah Peterson with CaitFlanders.com (Accountability & Meditation).

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/2015/05/11/how-every-small-change-you-make-pays-compound-interest

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Apr 19, 2018

Tom Bilyeu with Success Magazine shares how to construct an empowering reality.

Episode 860: How to Construct an Empowering Reality by Tom Bilyeu with Success.com (Quality of Life).

Thomas Bilyeu is an American entrepreneur best known as a co-founder of Quest Nutrition, the second fastest growing private company in North America on the Inc 5000 for 2014. He co-founded the company 2010 with a mission to end metabolic disease by creating a food product based on taste, that also happened to be good for you. In October 2016, Bilyeu and his wife, Lisa, started Impact Theory with a long-form interview talk show, hosted by Tom.
You can find more info at: http://ImpactTheory.com

The original post is located here: https://www.success.com/blog/how-to-construct-an-empowering-reality

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Apr 18, 2018

David Cain of Raptitude shares the myth of the aha moment, and what's really needed to make an epiphany stick.

Episode 859: The Myth of the Aha Moment by David Cain of Raptitude (Meditation & Mindfulness with Daily Practice).

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/2017/09/the-myth-of-the-aha-moment

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Apr 17, 2018

Steve Pavlina shares what resourcefulness really means to him.

Episode 858: Resourcefulness by Steve Pavlina (Building Skills & A Meaningful Life - Learning & Self Improvement Every Day).

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/2008/03/resourcefulness

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Apr 16, 2018

Courtney Carver of Be More With Less shares the story of her devastating diagnosis and how it changed her.

Episode 857: How a Devastating Diagnosis Taught Me How to Really Live by Courtney Carver of BeMoreWithLess (Surviving & Thriving).

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/ms

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Apr 15, 2018

Colleen Mariotti with No Sidebar shares her global guide to a deliberate life.

Episode 856: A Global Guide to a Deliberate Life by Colleen Mariotti with NoSidebar (Travel with Children).

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/deliberate-life

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Apr 14, 2018

Robin Krieglstein with Marc and Angel shares how to live a life of high adventure.

Episode 855: How to Live a Life of High Adventure by Robin Krieglstein with Marc and Angel Hack Life (Adventurer & GoExplore).

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/2009/07/06/how-to-live-a-life-of-high-adventure

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Apr 13, 2018

Benjamin Hardy shares why even ambitious people rarely become successful.

Episode 854: Why Even Ambitious People Rarely Become Successful by Benjamin Hardy (Success & Ambition).

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/thrive-global/why-even-ambitious-people-rarely-become-successful-3a0bf941633c

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Apr 12, 2018

Anthony Ongaro of Break the Twitch shares why you should write daily, even if you're not a writer.

Episode 853: Why You Should Write Daily (Even If You're Not a Writer) by Anthony Ongaro of BreakTheTwitch (Consistency & Creativity).

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/write-daily

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Apr 11, 2018

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares 7 tips to master discipline.

Episode 852: 7 Discipline-Mastering Practices by Leo Babauta of ZenHabits.net (Procrastination & Being Uncomfortable).

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/discipline-master

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Apr 10, 2018

Dr. Amy Johnson with Tiny Buddha shares a "fresh" perspective on life.

Episode 851: Freeing Yourself from Problems and Habits by Seeing That You're Already Free by Dr. Amy Johnson with Tiny Buddha (Anxiety).

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/freeing-yourself-from-problems-and-habits

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Apr 9, 2018

An excerpt (second half of Chapter 2) from the audiobook Everything That Remains: A Memoir by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists.

Episode 850: An Excerpt from the Audiobook Everything That Remain: A Memoir by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus.

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.

Find the book and learn more: http://theminimalists.com

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Apr 8, 2018

An excerpt (first half of Chapter 2) from the audiobook Everything That Remains: A Memoir by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists.

Episode 849: An Excerpt from the Audiobook Everything That Remain: A Memoir by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus.

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.

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Apr 7, 2018

Mr. Money Mustache shares how small efforts compound over time.

Episode 848: The Surprising Effect of Small Efforts Over Time by Mr. Money Mustache (Creating Positive Momentum).

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/2013/08/13/the-surprising-effect-of-small-efforts-over-time

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Apr 6, 2018

Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to be Rich shares why we're lazy and how to stop being so lazy.

Episode 847: Why Am I So Lazy and How Do I Stop Being Lazy by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to be Rich (Barriers & Scripts).

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/how-do-i-stop-being-lazy

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Apr 5, 2018

Nia Shanks shares the dirty little secret about motivation.

Episode 846: The Dirty Little Secret About Motivation by Nia Shanks (Purpose Driven Living & Setting Goals).

Nia Shanks is a writer and coach, and leader of the Lift Like a Girl revolution. She helps women discover and reach their potential through an empowering approach to health, fitness, and life.
Nia also hosts The Nia Shanks Show--the podcast dedicated to helping you reach your health and fitness goals and become the most awesome version of yourself.

The original post is located here: http://www.niashanks.com/dirty-secret-motivation

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Apr 4, 2018

2 shorter articles from Cylon George of Spiritual Living for Busy People on the path to freedom and guarantees in life.

Episode 845: The Path to True Freedom And There Are No Guarantees 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.

The original posts are located here:

https://www.spirituallivingforbusypeople.com/path-true-freedom

https://www.spirituallivingforbusypeople.com/there-are-no-guarantees

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Apr 3, 2018

Neghar Fonooni shares 7 ways to instantly have a better day.

Episode 844: 7 Ways to Instantly Have a Better Day by Neghar Fonooni (Healthy Living, Fitness & Happiness).

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 post is located here: http://www.negharfonooni.com/better-day

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Apr 2, 2018

Tammy Strobel of Rowdy Kittens shares how to change the world by rethinking your perspective.

Episode 843: How to Change the World by Rethinking Your Perspective by Tammy Strobel of RodwyKittens.com (Slow Living).

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/2010/03/how-to-change-the-world-by-rethinking-your-perspective

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Apr 1, 2018

Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle: "Extremes are easy, but balance is difficult."

Episode 842: Surf, Sand, and Digital Sabbaticals by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle (Balanced Living & Simplicity).

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/surf-sand-digital-sabbaticals

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Mar 31, 2018

Cal Newport of the Study Hacks blog shares the research behind happiness.

Episode 841: How to be Happy by Cal Newport (Setting Goals & Seeking the Flow State).

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/2008/03/21/how-to-be-happy

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Mar 30, 2018

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists share how they deal with criticism and fake outrage.

Episode 840: Fake Outrage: Dealing with Criticism by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus of TheMinimalists.com.

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/outrage

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Mar 29, 2018

Leon Logothetis shares 7 ways to "adventure-ize" your next vacation and save money at the same time.

Episode 839: 7 Ways to Adventure-ize your Next Vacation by Leon Logothetis (Affordable Travel & Being Spontaneous - Travelling).

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 post is located here: http://www.leonlogothetis.com/5-ways-adventure-ize-next-vacation

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