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25 Mind-Blowingly Informative Websites That Will Expand Your Worldview

25 Mind-Blowingly Informative Websites That Will Expand Your Worldview

The web might be littered with plenty of blogs that clog and sites that compete for your time, but below you’ll find 25 of the most compelling websites that are worth more than a second glance. Whether culture, news, shopping or improving your life is your thing, this list’s got you covered:

Life-Changing Websites

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    1. Uscreen.tv

    If you fancy yourself as an independent filmmaker or one who has anything to teach others, selling your video content directly to customers through Uscreen could seriously change your life. As the instant video platform describes, people want to buy movies and educational content legally and in a quick digital format – so use that site to give them the stuff they want to see, and turn yourself into the next Steven Spielberg in the process.

    2. ChameleonJohn

    Saving money changes lives by improving disposable income. As such, ChameleonJohn helps people find the hottest deals available each day to bring practical betterment to their economic lives.

    3. I’m Remembering!

    Because we all need to laugh about the 1980s and 1990s – either because we lived through them, or weren’t born yet, or are too young to remember what others are remembering on this site.

    4. GoodGuide

    GoodGuide scientists help readers find safe products, and that’s pretty important for a good life.

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    5. TED

    If you’ve ever watched a famous TED talk, you know how much they stick with you. Start with Mellody Hobson’s one million-plus viewed “Color blind or color brave?” recollection of how she – as the wife of famed filmmaker George Lucas – was led to the kitchen during one important event because the receptionist assumed she was the help.

    Shopping and Gift-Giving

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      6. Wanelo

      So many people fall in love with this Wanelo – Want, Need, Love site that you’ll probably do the same, and soon enough find yourself adding pics of the stuff you desire, or using it to shop for the things your loved ones want, need – and yes, love.

      7. Fabletics

      If you’re a workout fiend or know a gym rat, Kate Hudson’s subscription exercise gear site called Fabletics is really boss.

      8. AliExpress

      It can be fun to find all sorts of deals on AliExpress, the kinds of discounted items that only sellers from around the globe can offer so inexpensively, like high-quality 100% virgin human hair for weaves.

      9. Por Homme

      Por Homme is something for the male homies – all about fashion and toys for boys.

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      10. This is Why I’m Broke

      Shopping is turned into a fun experience on This is Why I’m Broke, which pulls together a variety of interesting products at all price points to present to buyers.

      For News Freaks: Informative Websites

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        11. Alexa

        The “What’s Hot” list on Alexa is updated every five minutes, so there’s no excuse not to know what’s going on in the world.

        12. What’s Trending

        If you want to know what’s buzzing in the newsroom, What’s Trending will tell you.

        13. UPROXX

        UPROXX is a cool visual way of learning the buzziest happenings, like when Idris Elba took to Reddit to tell a funny Nicolas Cage story.

        14. Visual News

        Because, yes, a picture is worth a thousand words, viewing the items on Visual News gives you a quick way to reference stories without having to do a ton of reading if you lack the time and desire.

        15. NowThisNews

        Scrolling down the homepage of NowThisNews will give you a one-minute review of everything going on today and keep you well informed.

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        For a Laugh

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          16. White Whine

          White Whine tracks “First World problems,” like not being able to use your infinity pool because the weather is a little too chilly – or having problems deciding which new iPhone 6 model to purchase.

          17. Twaggies

          Twaggies is a site that makes tweets extra-funny by illustrating them.

          18. Celebrities Read Mean Tweets

          The YouTube video snippets of the Jimmy Kimmel segment called Celebrities Read Mean Tweets should make your day.

          19. Attack of the Cute

          Attack of the Cute is freaking adorable, proving there aren’t enough photos of babies and kittens and puppies on the Internet.

          20. Honest Slogan

          Companies may have their own taglines, but the Honest Slogan website tells you what consumers really think about their products.

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          Knowledge and Culture

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            21. 2leep

            Get a dose of weirdness that you might not expect on 2leep, like photos of what a cow might look like after being completely blow-dried.

            22. Shutterbean

            Shutterbean has a boatload of gorgeous photos and relevant information about food, photography and other eclectic subjects.

            23. 70 Degrees West

            There exists a plethora of bucolic and picturesque images and videos on 70 Degrees West, and viewing them just might help your blood pressure drop.

            24. maskCARA

            The amazing website of a makeup artist known simply as Cara – hence the name maskCARA – is one of those OMG sites with oversized, clear images and tips that make you want to plop your email address in the newsletter box.

            25. Greatist

            Aptly named and oddly spelled, Greatist is optimal to appear last but not least – if anything for the excellent lifestyle articles all about eating better, exercising well and dating wisely.

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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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            Featured photo credit: Markus Spiske via unsplash.com

            Reference

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

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