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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 …

Impressive 500-square-foot apartment has everything you need

It’s located in the heart of Kiev<p>It’s always fun to take a peek at how the rest of the world does compact apartments. The latest example comes out of Kiev, Ukraine, designed by local firm Martin Architects.<p>Measuring 45 square meters, or about 484 square feet, the one-bedroom appears to be a …

People Won’t Grow If You Think They Can’t Change

Have you ever worked hard to improve a valuable skill and made real progress, only to have your development go unnoticed by the people who told you that you needed to improve? Perhaps this led you to look for a new job. Or maybe you’re a manager who’s been disappointed by poor performance and …

How to Make Your Own Cheese Puffs

Fluffy, golden cheese puffs make the perfect afternoon snack or pre-dinner bite—plus they're super-easy to make.<p>From star chef Daniel Boulud's …

8 Million People Have Watched This Video of a 3-Ingredient Cheesecake

Don't let looks fool you — this dessert is so easy to make.<p>Three-ingredient soufflé cheesecake, also known as Japanese cotton cheesecake, is a magical thing. It's blowing the minds of people on the Internet right now (myself included). With just three ingredients — eggs, dark or white chocolate, …

The Lean Closet

Everyone knows the value of a good closet purge, but very few of us have the necessary hard heart to part with items that often have sentimental …

5 Reasons to Visit Iceland During Winter

<i>Iceland’s popularity as a tourist destination is at an at all-time high, in part due to competitive fares from the ever-expanding flag carrier</i> …

Where to Eat at Changi Airport Singapore (SIN)

It's a rare airport that inspires love. Changi (SIN), however, has serious fans. It has tens of thousands of followers on Instagram, has been voted best airport in the world a number of times and is currently home to a lifesize Star Wars X-Wing fighter. But what about the food? The three terminals …

This Illegal 'Stairway To Heaven' Could Soon Be Open To The Public

For a price.<p>On the Hawaiian island of Oahu, you can climb 3,922 steel stairs to get to heaven -- or pretty close to it, at least.<p>Though the popular Haiku Stairs hike, also called the "Stairway to Heaven," has been closed to the public for more than 30 years, it remains a quintessential Hawaii …

19 Banned Books That Actually Changed Your Life

"I can honestly say that reading it for the first time saved my life."<p>*The following books were banned by the user's town, school, or library.<p>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

The 35 most expensive tasting menus on the planet, ranked

But it's not for everyone — these carefully crafted and elaborate meals can sometimes cost as much as $1,000 a head.<p>From the experimental Sublimotion restaurant in Spain to the innovative Noma in Denmark, here are 37 restaurants with the priciest tasting menus in the world.<p><i>NOTE: We calculated the</i> …

Hospitality

10 Surprising Facts About LEGO

You're never going to look at your favorite toy the same way again.<p>Like Easy-Bake Ovens and Troll dolls, you probably remember these famous plastic bricks fondly from your childhood. But did you know the first one was made in 1932 and out of wood? Didn't think so. Here are a few more facts you …

Why Curious People Are Destined for the C-Suite

When asked recently to name the one attribute CEOs will need most to succeed in the turbulent times ahead, Michael Dell, the chief executive of Dell, Inc., replied, “I would place my bet on curiosity.”<p>Dell was responding to a 2015 PwC survey of more than a thousand CEOs, a number of whom cited …

How to win new clients – every time.

I have learned that no project or opportunity is too small if it provides access to a great client. I once found myself in search of a special …

How to Give a Killer Presentation

A little more than a year ago, on a trip to Nairobi, Kenya, some colleagues and I met a 12-year-old Masai boy named Richard Turere, who told us a fascinating story. His family raises livestock on the edge of a vast national park, and one of the biggest challenges is protecting the animals from …

Morocco's Best-Kept Secret Is This All-Blue Village

Tucked high in Morocco’s Rif Mountains, the all-blue town of Chefchaouen is a calming respite from the overwhelming frenzy of Marrakech and Fez. Photographer and writer Lucy Laucht takes us on a tour of Morocco's hidden gem.

Morocco

12 Astoundingly Perfect LEGO Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

The new book The Art of LEGO Modeling by Dennis Glaasker and Dennis Bosman (out in September on No Starch Press) is chock-full of F-14s, Alfa Romeos, and other mechanical wonders rendered perfectly in blocks.<p>The new book <i>The Art of LEGO Modeling</i> by Dennis Glaasker and Dennis Bosman (out in September …

A Second Chance to Make the Right Impression

Romualdo Faura<p>Years ago a friend of mine, Gordon, interviewed for a position at a prominent university. During his daylong visit to campus, he had lunch with a senior faculty member (let’s call him Bob) who had final say over the hire. After their food arrived, Bob said of his meal, “You know, this …

Why These Photos of Windows Around the World Have Gone Viral

Portuguese photographer André Vincent Gonçalves started out taking snapshots of colorful windows in his native Évora; his "Windows of the World" project has since grown—and gone viral. Gonçalves spoke to Conde Nast Traveler about the windows that inspire.

European Travel

The best idioms from around the world, ranked

<i>The following were sourced from</i> I’m Not Hanging Noodles On Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms From Around the World <i>by Jag Bhalla (National Geographic Books, 2009).</i><p>25. Ear-nectar<p>Origin: Indian. Meaning: A sweet noise or sound.<p>24. Can’t stop being the owl.<p>Origin: Italian, French. Meaning: Can’t …

Sausages

How to Give the Most Motivating Pep Talk

‘I want to be here for you. What can I do?’; stay away from cliches like ‘Time heals’<p>I recently told a friend I needed a pep talk. “What kind?” he asked.<p>He had a very good point. Everyone wants to be the type of person who gives the pivotal talk that turns around a friend’s outlook or makes a …

Motivation

Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’: Read the First Chapter

Read the first chapter of Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman,’ which will be published July 14<p>In 1957, when she was 31 years old, Harper Lee submitted her first attempt at a novel to the publisher J.B. Lippincott.<p>Titled ‘Go Set a Watchman,’ it was set in the ’50s and opened with a woman named Jean …

Harper Lee

The 37 Best Websites to Learn Something New

Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and …

Learning

'Coffee N' Clothes' Instagram Account Is What We Wish Our Lives Looked Like

Have you ever scrolled through Instagram, clicked on a random photo and discovered an account that was literally what you wanted your life to look like? Welcome to "Coffee N' Clothes" -- an Insta account that will incite envy in .02 seconds.<p>Cool clothes? Check. Fabulous accessories? Yep. Coffee …

The Condensed Guide to Running Meetings

We love to hate meetings. And with good reason — they clog up our days, making it hard to get work done in the gaps, and so many feel like a waste of time. There’s plenty of advice out there on how to stop spending so much time in meetings or make better use of the time, but does it hold up in …

Time Management

To Stay Focused, Manage Your Emotions

A leader’s most precious resource is not their time. It’s their <i>focused attention</i>. Time merely passes, while focused attention makes things happen. When we’re able to gather and direct our attention toward a particular task or interaction, we can have a significant impact in a minimal amount of …

Get Your Passion Project Moving Without Quitting Your Day Job

You’ve finally figured out what you want to do with your life — start a company, launch a website, design an app, or found a nonprofit. The only problem is that you can’t afford to quit your job (and lose your benefits) in order to pursue it fulltime. So, where should you start? What’s the best way …

7 scientifically proven ways to capture someone’s attention

Whether it’s pitching your startup to an investor or trying to impress your boss, you likely spend much of your life vying for someone’s …

How to Negotiate Nicely Without Being a Pushover

We all want it both ways: to get what we want from a tough negotiation and to walk away with our relationship intact. The good news is that kind of outcome is possible. But how exactly do you drive a hard bargain while also employing soft skills? How do you advocate for what you want without …