7 Links ChallengeI have been blogging for a little over 18 months.

This post is my 493rd post.

I did a post a day for year (to the day) and did much of that while traveling through Europe.

My blog on Day One was far-far different than it is today….

A current reader might see a lot of unfamiliar looking stuff in the form of my old “personal development” type of articles, such as “What I Learned from Punxsutawny Phil” and “53 Life lessons of Homer Simpson”  and they may even see the faint beginnings of my current style with articles like “Why I Love Hemorrhoids”.

In the beginning this blog was a lot more about lifestyle.  Slowly but surely, I have turned the topic of this blog into being more about “how to” make the money that then can afford the lifestyle you desire; rather than telling you how to live.  I think it has been a good change.

The reason that I am thinking back to the beginnings of this blog is because of a challenge…  The 7 Links Challenge to be exact.  (Check out that link for the exact rules)

The idea behind the 7 links challenge is simple.  List your top seven links in very specific categories and give a short reason why they fit the topic.

Of course, all of this looking back has gotten me to thinking about where I have been.  This is a good thing.  Before you can go forward, you have to know where you have been.  And what a long strange trip it has been. [click to continue…]

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I’ve mentioned more than once that it’s a good idea to end relationships that aren’t running smoothly or causing you more harm than good, but I’m going to guess that a lot of people in your life are friends and family that you really care about.

Most of us are so busy that we communicate with our friends and family online, with text messages and on the phone if we’re lucky. I’m busy, too—all the time management posts I’ve done probably clued you in on that—but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, which is next Thursday here in the U.S., I’d like to discuss the topic of helping others. Research has shown that helping others can make a difference in your own life and I definitely believe it.

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I just received this guest post from Jered at Mass Influence the other day and I found it fit nicely with an article I recently posted.  In this post, Jered does an incredible job of giving you reasons why it’s important to not criticize others.  It’s an insightful read…

So, as you probably know there’s a lot of talk going around about how to deal with critical people. In fact, Steve recently wrote a post on it:  6 Tips for Dealing with Critical People. [click to continue…]

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Traveling Solo TipsIt’s widely known that the best part of travel is sharing memories with other people.

So what do you do if you’re traveling by yourself?

Well, the simple answer is you make friends.

The problem is it’s hard for many people to form friendships when they’re solo and outside their comfort zone. [click to continue…]

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I recently celebrated my thirty-fifth birthday, so I’ve definitely heard some snarky comments from family and friends throughout my life … but people who are constantly critical of anything and everything can really drive me up a wall.

Obviously, hanging out with obnoxious jerks isn’t at the top of my to-do list and I don’t recommend adding it to yours either, but at some point or another you’re going to wind up dealing with a cynical  pessimist that you just can’t stand. Whether it’s one of your co-workers or your best friend’s new girlfriend, you’ll probably find yourself curling your toes up inside your shoes and gritting your teeth.

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Here’s another excellent guest post from David Black of the Social Masters site.  Both he and his partner Preston have a bunch of tips that can help guys in their dating lives, while also giving practical information about how to improve your overall social interactions.  Today he talks about how to build both your personal AND professional relationships.  Take it away David…

Hey guys David Black here from Social Masters. Today I want you to think about some of the similarities between business and personal relationships. Sure they are different, but I think we can gain a lot of mileage in focusing on the areas in which they overlap. To improve one is to improve the other, so to speak. [click to continue…]

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I Get By With a Little Test on My Friends…

May 29, 2010

The time I spend helping my friends (or family) could be time I dedicate towards growing my business and creating long-term success. The end result is I lose money whenever I try to help somebody.

That’s why I like to do a “mini-test” with anyone who asks for help. Let me explain…

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Five Relationship Don’ts

May 26, 2010

Today’s post is a guest article from Gurl of Gurl’s Asylum. On her site, she talks about many important topics dealing with relationships, specifically how to make a long-distance relationship work. While I have a few articles on this site that deal with dating success, I’m glad she submitted this article because it provides an insight into relationships from a feminine standpoint.

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When to “Fire” Your Friends

May 22, 2010

It’s kind of weird to be home after five weeks when I planned to be away for six months. Before I left, I made a promise to myself that I would address a certain area of my life once I get back. But now that I’m home, taking a hiatus, I’ve been forced to think about this problem again.

Let me explain…

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How Much “Luggage” Can You Carry?

May 8, 2010

The thing that worries — or maybe a better word is irritates — me the most is the fact that I’ll most likely lose some relationships while I’m away from home for such a long time.

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Can A Relationship Make The Difference?

May 5, 2010

Here’s another great post from David of the Social Masters site. A few weeks ago, he posted an excellent article on having a personal cheerleader and I think I managed to talk him into a regular spot on this site. So if you like his article, PLEASE comment below and let him know. Anyway, let’s hear what David has to say this time…

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30DSHS- Make Three New Friends Each Day

May 4, 2010

This is going to be a very straight-forward challenge. Each and every day, I’m going to approach three strangers with the intention of trying to create a friendship.

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