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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017 – Y’all Really Like Drama and Chris Schwarz

I took a look at our analytics for the blogs on our site and found that y’all really like drama and Chris Schwarz. I really can’t blame you, I’ve …

How to Draw Eye-pleasing Arches

I use a lot of arched shapes in my work. They are a pleasing geometrical construction that can be used in doors, on the ends of bookshelves or on the …

Here Are the Best Inspirational Quotes for 2018

Another year and another 365 quotes--the most inspirational things anybody has ever said.<p>Want inspirational quotes? Each year for the past several years, I've gathered the best inspiring quotes, one for each of the coming 365 days. Here's our latest installment: the top inspirational quotes for …

Motivation

A 5-Rule Guide to Making It Big as a Freelancer

Freelancers need to draw some lines in the sand to be successful in their practice. These are among the best points of advice.<p>Experts are projecting that up to 43 percent of workers will be part of the gig economy by 2020, and with good reason--freelancing both can make up needed income and lets …

Employment

50 Great Black And White Photographs From The Masters Of Photography – Part 7

Here is the <b>Part 7</b> of amazing black and white photos from masters. Please check our previous articles here:• Great Black and White Photos – Part1 <br>• Great …

18 Uncomfortable Things You Need to Do If You Don’t Want to Regret 2018

When you look back on the past year, don’t think of the pain you felt. Think of the strength you gained, and appreciate how far you’ve come. You’ve …

Happiness

How to Begin Each Day for Optimal Sanity

This curated column is authored by Thomas Oppong, Founding Editor at Alltopstartups StartingThe post How to Begin Each Day for Optimal Sanity …

50 tips that will make you a better illustrator

The year 2017 is my 10th as an illustrator, so here I've compiled 50 pearls of wisdom to help fellow illustrators. For a while I've been thinking …

How to Keep a Sketchbook

Ideas for Getting Your Sketchbook Started<p>Keeping a sketchbook is a great way of keeping track of creative ideas and getting in the habit of regular …

Creativity

15 Mind-Blowing Facts About the Human Brain Every Entrepreneur Should Know

We've learned more about the human brain in the past 15 years than we have since the birth of mankind. These newly discovered facts are especially important to entrepreneurs.<p>In the past 15 years, technological advancements have given neuroscientists and researchers the tools to gather more facts …

The Brain

Trump gets rid of Stephen Bannon, a top proponent of his nationalist agenda

President Trump on Friday dismissed his embattled chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, an architect of his 2016 general-election victory and the champion of his nationalist impulses, in a major White House shake-up that follows a week of racial unrest.<p>With Trump’s presidency floundering and his …

Donald Trump

Checklist: What You Must Ask a Client Before Giving a Price

It's a huge risk to not ask the right questions before giving a prospective client a price. Not only does it make you look like an amateur, but you …

Airport Security

If You're Too Busy for These 5 Things, Your Life Is More Off Course Than You Think

Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off course 90 percent of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct destination at the intended time.<p>Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off course <i>90 percent</i> of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct …

Self-improvement

Woodworking: 7 ideas for building your own pergola

Created: 28 February, 2017<p>The thought of building your own pergola might sound like a complicated one, and if you're got no woodworking skills then …

Landscaping

Against Perfection, Precision or Accuracy

It’s difficult to argue against perfection in woodworking. That’s because the counter argument is something like: “You’re a hack and can’t get it …

How to Restring a Classical Guitar Guide by Guitarbitz

Classical guitars have 6 nylon strings although 3 of them look like metal (these have a nylon core and a thin wire wrapped around to make them …

Classical Guitar

ICYMI you can print your own lens hoods for free

If you're looking for a cheap, DIY alternative to shelling out cash for a replacement lens hood, look no further than lenshoods.co.uk. They offer …

12 Tips for Taking Beautiful Food Pictures

How to Take Beautiful Food Pictures<p>After kids and pets, photos of food dominate Instagram, Facebook and other social media. But how do you get that …

The 50-Year-Old Business Book You Need to Read (or Reread) Right Now

Management philosopher Peter Drucker called out the five timeless practices of successful leaders in 'The Effective Executive' in 1967.<p>There aren't a lot of business books from a half-century ago that have stood the test of time, but Peter Drucker's <i>The Effective Executive</i> (Harper Business), now …

Management

Reference: The Ultimate Wood Joint Visual Reference Guide

Here's a handy resource for your next design-build project<p>Dating all the way back to Neolithic times, the mortise and tenon is the oldest wood joint …

8 Ways to Earn Full-Time Income From Your Hobby

You can generate full-time income out of your hobby. Here's how.<p>A study in the <i>Annals of Behavioral Medicine</i> found that people who engaged in leisure activities were 34% less stressed and 18% less sad while enjoying their hobbies. Odds are good you don't need to be told that leisure activities are …

Real Estate

11 Habits of Mentally Strong People

Mental strength is a choice and a discipline, not an innate quality bestowed upon the lucky.<p>8 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental strength is tested. It might be a difficult friend or colleague, a dead-end …

Self-help

How the MIND Diet Can Help You Avoid Alzheimer's

Recent research has found that what you eat can affect your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.<p>While we all know how important healthy eating can be for our brains, recent research has found that there's something special in particular about the MIND diet that promotes brain-healthy …

Nutrition

How using Design Thinking will fix Design Thinking

Design Thinking continues to be a hot topic (this article is one of many talking about it). Design Thinking has been hyped and even fetishized but there are also voices questioning its value, impact, and relevance.<p>Design Thinking faces criticism for its lacking integration with business and …

Is This the Mother of All Finger Exercises?

PHOTO: Edwin van Buuringen | Flickr Creative Commons (cropped) Finger independence and hand synchronization are essential skills for guitarists to …

‘Popular Workbench Magazine’

“Popular Workbenches” is often suggested as a title revision for the magazine, given the number of workbench plans we’ve offered over the years. And …

The best acoustic guitar strings in the world today

What are the best acoustic guitar strings?<p><b>When it comes to acoustic guitars, strings are crucial, and arguably play as important a role as your</b> …

Here's how to wipe your old iPad/iPhone/iPod touch for resale

I've been asked several times over the past few days about how to wipe an iPad ready for resale (presumably because Apple has a new iPad out). …

Apple Watch

Portrait Tips: Great Eyes Start At The Toes

The eyes are the most important part of a portrait, and the expression in the eyes makes the difference between a well-lit picture and a stunning …

Photography