7 Links of Highly Effective Posts

7 Links Challenge

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.

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Helping Others can Make a Difference in Your Own Life

Help others to make a difference in your life

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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The Drawback of Not Criticizing Others

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.

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6 Tips for Dealing with Critical People

Dealing with Critical people

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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Similarities Between Business and Personal Relationships

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.

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Five Relationship Don’ts

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.

I have been through many romantic relationships, and I make no bones about having made many mistakes in each one. Each relationship was a necessary part of my life in that they were learning experiences. Each one taught me about myself and about the mistakes that will make any relationship fail. Today, I’d like to share with you the five most important lessons I have learned.

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How Much “Luggage” Can You Carry?

The topic of this post has been on been on my mind lately. Also, I have to give credit to my new friend Adriana who gave me the idea for this title…

I did a lot of research while planning my trip to Europe. Those photographs of famous landmarks on travel websites had me oohing and ahhing just as much as you’d expect they would.

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Can A Relationship Make The Difference?

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…

My good pal and Social Masters partner in crime, Mr Preston Blain, made an excellent point the other day regarding the connection between being able to get into a relationship and success in the rest of your life.

When Preston was around 16, the sort of time when you start meeting girls, he started suffering with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). So instead of going out and meeting women, he was stuck at home washing his hands repeatedly.

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30DSHS- Make Three New Friends Each Day

It’s time for the 5th installment of the 30 Day Success Habits Series. (A monthly column where I discuss the habits that I’m trying to develop for the next 30 days)

For the month of May, I’m going to do something that will really push my comfort zone. It’s something that I’ve done in a past, but got out of the habit in the last few years.

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