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12 Magazines You Should Read In Your 20s That Will Inspire And Empower You

12 Magazines You Should Read In Your 20s That Will Inspire And Empower You

Books are the therapist of the past. Self-help books were often the way to go for individuals looking to find their direction in life, or to get tips to lives simplest questions. However, in this day and age, individuals don’t always have time to sit down to read a book. They are usually reserved for the few times a year we are lounging on the beach in the summer. However, there are ways in which individuals can get daily lessons. That is through magazines. From financial help to health advice, we will take a look at twelve magazines that will be your life’s guide as you go well into your 20s.

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    Current Affairs: Newsweek – Newsweek is a great source for individuals looking for news, opinion pieces, and interviews on subjects from around the world with a liberal perspective. This has been a magazine that has been around for over 81 years and was recently acquired by IBT Media. From Michele Bachmann’s eyes to the 2004 Steve Jobs and the iPod cover, the covers of Newsweek certainly are an interesting part of their publication as well.

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      Current Affairs: National Review – If you are looking for current affairs, but with a more conservative take, National Review is the choice magazine you are looking for. Unlike Newsweek, which features a ton of op-eds and pop-culture aspects, National Review is more focused on political stories and a conservative point-of-view on current events.

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        Financial Tips: Kiplinger’s – At Lifehack, we are all about looking for practical, step-by-step improvements to life challenges, questions, and issues. Kiplinger’s does that with personal finance. The magazine focuses on providing tips and tools on how to ensure you are out of financial despair, how to maintain financial choices, and how to build wealth for the future. The magazine is separated based on subject, which allows you to learn the material you need to know.

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          Financial Tips: Money Magazine – What Kiplinger’s gives in practical advice, Money Magazine gives in real life lessons. Money Magazine allows you to not only get tips and tricks on how to save the most money, it shows the success stories of individuals who made certain financial choices and even some risks. In my opinion, go to Kiplinger’s for hard advice and Money Magazine to found off your financial knowledge.

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            Travel: Conde Nast Traveler – Conde Nast Traveler is the magazine for individuals who want to travel the world but want to get a deeper look at the places they are visiting, not simply the tourist tracks. While this isn’t the magazine i recommend for getting day-to-day tips on life, it certainly is a great place to start for your vow to travel more in your 20s. You can get inspired on what places to visit, get behind-the-scenes advice on how to make the most of your time there, and more.

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              Travel: Travel + Leisure – Travel + Leisure is the magazine of choice for those who are looking for hard advice on not simply extravagant, few-in-a-lifetime getaways, but also for short weekend or weeklong vacations in the United States. You’ll always find great hotel recommendations, as well as recommended places to eat and visit.

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                Health: Men’s Fitness – This is the magazine that not only gets you off the couch and into the gym, it gives you the confidence you need for everyday life. From leaving the house to get the paper or going out on the town with friends on a Friday night, Men’s Fitness improves every aspect of a man’s lifestyle. What I enjoy about this magazine is that it truly is accessible for every male out there, not simply the physically active or fit.

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                  Health: Shape – This is truly a magazine that is the female equivalent of Men’s Health. With a woman’s perspective, you are able to get tips on fashion, eating right, and staying on the move. The featured celebrities each issue also share their tips on having a great lifestyle. Some readers may find that their advice isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but their words of knowledge can give some the added push to change one aspect or another of their lifestyle.

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                    Men’s Fashion: GQ – There is a specific set of men who will get a lot out of GQ. However, this doesn’t mean that it is a magazine that you won’t get anything out of. Every man will learn a thing or two from it. However, if you are in your 20s, in the work field, possibly even the dating field, GQ will give you some amazing pointers on not only dressing etiquette, but also social etiquette too in this modern world.

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                      Women’s Fashion: Vogue – Vogue certainly isn’t the teen-poppy fashion magazines of your past, that includes interviews with Justin Bieber along with tips on how to look good for back to school, this is truly a woman’s magazine. Vogue, by no means, is as pretentious as some may claim. It is a magazine that offers fashion tips, overcame mistakes, and personal narratives for women of all backgrounds; from Yuppies to grand-mothers alike.

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                        Homemaking: Fine Homebuilding – This is the magazine that you’ll collect and refer back to from time to time. Fine Homebuilding not only offers tips on how to keep your house from falling apart, it also offers small tips to make large projects more approachable. This is the magazine for those looking to become the next amateur Bob Vila.

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                          Homemaking: Cook’s Illustrated – I am all about recommending life inspiring magazines that you will not put in the recycling bin the next month, and Cook’s Illustrated is certainly a magazine that you will refer back to for years to come. The recipes included are unique, mouth-watering, all while being useful for the kitchen veteran and novice alike. Issues come out every two months, proving once more than this isn’t your typical magazine. Cook’s Illustrated is as much of a keeper as you will be, once your significant other gets a smell of what you’re whipping up in the kitchen.

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                          Last Updated on March 15, 2019

                          How to Be a Leader Who Is Inspiring and Influential

                          How to Be a Leader Who Is Inspiring and Influential

                          When I began managing people 15 years ago, I thought having a fancy title was synonymous with influence. Over time, I learned that power is conferred based on likeability, authenticity, courage, relationships and consistent behavior. When leaders cultivate these attributes, they earn power, which really means influence.

                          Understanding influence is essential to professional growth, and companies rise and fall based on the quality of their leadership.

                          In this article, we will look into the essentials of effective leadership and how to be a leader who is inspiring and influential.

                          What Makes a Leader Fail?

                          A host of factors influence a leader’s ability to succeed. To the extent that leaders fail to outline a compelling vision and strategy, they risk losing the trust and confidence of their teams. Employees want to know where a company is going and the strategy for how they will get there. Having this information enables employees to feel safe, and it allows them to see mistakes as part of the learning journey versus as fatal occurrences.

                          If employees and customers do not believe a company’s leadership is authentic and inspiring, they may disengage, or they may be less inclined to offer constructive criticism that can help a company innovate or help a leader improve.

                          And it is not just the leadership at the top that matters. Middle managers play a distinct role in guiding teams. Depending on the company’s size, employees may have more access to mid-level managers than they do members of the C-suite, meaning their supervisors and managers have greater influence on the employee and the customer experience.

                          What Is Effective Leadership?

                          Effective leadership is inspiring, and it is influential. Cultivating inspiring and influential leaders requires building relationships across the company.

                          Leaders must be connected to both the teams they lead as well as to their own colleagues and managers. This is key as titles do not make a person a leader, nor do they automatically confer influence. These are earned through trusting relationships. This explains why some leaders can get more out of their teams than others and why some leaders experience soaring profits and engagement while others sizzle out.

                          Eric Garton said in an April 25, 2017, Harvard Business Review article:[1]

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                          “… inspiring leaders are those who use their unique combination of strengths to motivate individuals and teams to take on bold missions – and hold them accountable for results. And they unlock higher performance through empowerment, not command and control.”

                          How to Be an Inspiring and Influential Leader

                          To be an inspiring and influential leader requires:

                          1. Courage

                          The late poet Maya Angelou once said,

                          “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”

                          Courage is required in the workplace when implementing new strategies, especially when they go against professional norms.

                          For instance, I heard Lisa TerKeurst, bestselling author and founder of Proverbs 31 Ministries, explain her decision to move away from her company’s magazine. While the organization had long had a magazine, she saw a future where it didn’t exist.

                          In order to make the switch, she risked angering her team members and customers. She took a chance, and what started out as a monthly newsletter, has grown into a multi-dimensional organization boasting half a million followers. Had Lisa not found the courage to change the direction of her organization, they undoubtedly would not have been able to experience such exponential growth.

                          It also takes courage to give and receive feedback. When leaders see employees who are not living into the company’s mission or who are engaging in behavior that may undermine their long-term success, one must risk temporary angst and speak candidly with the colleague in question.

                          Similarly, it takes courage to hear constructive criticism and try to change. In business, as in life, courage is necessary for being an inspiring and influential leader.

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                          2. A Commitment to Face Your Internal Demons.

                          If you feel great about yourself, enter a leadership position. You are likely to be triggered in ways you didn’t think possible. You are also likely to receive feedback that may leave you second-guessing yourself and your leadership skills.

                          The truth about leading others is that you get to a point where you realize that it is difficult to take people to places where you yourself haven’t gone.

                          To be an influential and inspiring leader, you have to face your own demons and vow to continually improve. Influential leaders take their personal evolution serious, and they invest in coaching, therapy and mindfulness to ensure that their personal struggles do not overshadow their professional development.

                          3. A Willingness to Accept Feedback

                          Inspiring and influential leaders are not afraid to accept feedback. In fact, they actively solicit it. They understand that everyone in their life has a lesson to teach them, and they are willing to accept it.

                          Inspirational leaders understand that feedback is neither good nor bad but rather an offering that is critical to growth. Even when it hurts or is an affront to the ego, influential leaders understand that feedback is critical to their ability to lead.

                          4. Likability

                          Some people will argue that leaders need not worry about being liked but should instead focus on being respected. I disagree. Both are important.

                          When team members like their boss and believe their boss likes them, they are more likely to go the extra mile to fulfill departmental or organizational goals. Likable leaders are moved to the front of the line when it comes to being influential.

                          Relatedly, when colleagues feel management dislikes them, they experience internal stress and can spend unnecessary time focusing on the source of their manager’s discontent versus the work they have been hired to do.

                          So, likability is important for both the leader and the people she leads.

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                          5. Vulnerability

                          Vulnerability is critical for being an inspiring leader. People want the truth. They admire leaders who can occasionally demonstrate vulnerability. It promotes deeper relationships and inspires trust.

                          When leaders can showcase vulnerability appropriately, they destroy the illusion that one must be perfect to be a leader. They also demonstrate that vulnerability is not a dirty word; they too can be vulnerable and ask for a helping hand when necessary.

                          6. Authenticity

                          Authenticity is about living up to one’s stated values in public and behind closed doors.

                          Influential leaders are authentic. They set to live out their values and use those values to guide their decisions. The interesting thing about leadership is that people are not looking for perfect leaders. They are, in part, looking for leaders who are authentic.

                          7. A True Understanding of Inspiration

                          Effective leaders are inspirational. They understand the power of words and deeds and use both strategically.

                          Inspiring leaders appropriately use stories and narratives to enable the teams around them to see common situations in an entirely new light.

                          Inspirational leaders also showcase grit and triumph while convincing the people around them that success and victory are attainable.

                          Finally, inspiring leaders encourage the teams they lead to tap into their own genius. They convince others that genius is not reserved for a select few but that most people have it in them.

                          As explained in the article True Leadership: What Separates a Leader from a Boss:

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                          “A leader creates visions and motivates team members to work together towards the same goal.”

                          8. An Ability to See the Humanity in Others

                          Inspiring and influential leaders see the humanity in others. Rather than treating their teams as mere tools to accomplish organizational goals, they believe the people around them are unique beings with inherent value.

                          This means knowing when to pause to address personal challenges and dispelling with the myth that the personal is separate from the professional.

                          9. A Passion for Continual Learning

                          Inspiring and influential leaders are committed to continual learning. They invest in their own development and take responsibility for their professional growth.

                          These leaders understand that like a college campus, the workplace is a laboratory for learning. They believe that they can learn from multiple generations in the workplace as well as from people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

                          Influential leaders proactively seek out opportunities for learning.

                          The Bottom Line

                          No one said leadership was easy, but it is also a joy. Influencing others to action and positively impacting the lives of others is a reward unto itself.

                          Since leadership abounds, there is an abundance of resources to help you grow into the type of leader who inspires and influences others.

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                          Reference

                          [1] Harvard Business Review: How to Be an Inspiring Leader

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