Adventure Is Out There!

The Mission Newsletter, 5/15/18

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” -Mark Twain

The Mission Daily: Episode 11

Today’s exciting episode jumps into one of the unknown backstories of someone famous that everyone THINKS they know. His story perfectly illustrates what accelerated learning is all about, why it matters, and how you can start to speed up your own learning today.

This is the story of an immigrant who taught himself to live on $2 a day, to remove his fear of poverty, who was so shy that when he was applying for a job, he stopped in the lobby and didn’t talk to anyone… and just walked out.

He would then learn to crush the job, and future ones, and go on to get his first investment… a wad of $5,000 bills from a guy in his bathrobe, then raised more money by telling investors that he’d, “commit seppuku rather than fail” (that’s the Japanese word for suicide).

That guy was… Elon Musk.

Listen to Episode 11: The 10 Elon Musk Backstories You Need to Know

The Mission Daily is a podcast dedicated to accelerated learning and helping you become healthier, wealthier, and wiser. It is designed to help you learn — as fast as you possibly can.

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From the Archives

The Third Principle of Accelerated Learning: Travel and Adventure

In Episode 3 of The Mission Daily, we discussed the benefits of Travel and Adventure.

At our roots, we’re nomadic. For however long humans have been around, we’ve been on the move. Crossing land bridges, dodging global freezing and warming and other natural events… so exploration is really a call to get back to our evolutionary roots.

Travels and adventures can provide mind-expanding experiences that accelerate learning and alter our lives forever. In this episode of The Mission Daily, we highlight:

  • The 8 things that travels teach you how to accept
  • The call to adventure
  • Ideas for low cost (or free) adventures to embark on

Listen to the episode.

News That Matters


Give your baby a boost… by keeping yourself healthy.

A new study published in Cell Reports has found that some of the brain benefits associated with physical activity can be passed from father to child. Scientists in Germany analyzed the offspring of two types of adult, male mice: 1) those kept in fun-houses designed to stimulate mental and physical activity and 2) those kept sedentary.

“… when some of these active male mice mated with females that had not run, their pups were born with brains that, from the start, showed stronger neuronal connections in the hippocampus than did the brains of the babies born to sedentary fathers… What these findings suggest is that physical activity in one generation can have echoes in the brains and minds of the next.” –The New York Times

Read the full study.


Continuing to Think Different…

As iPhone sales steady out and Apple’s cash return to shareholders improves, the ‘Apple story’ is changing:

“I’ve observed the Apple story for a long time, and I think we’re entering a period where this is as big of an event as the iPhone was, for totally different reasons.” -Gene Munster, well-known Apple analyst

Check it out.


What would you do?

Remember that hidden camera TV Show with John Quiñones called What Would You Do??

For every one person that would intervene, there’d be a whole group of bystanders who wouldn’t say a thing. Why is this? What causes someone to speak up or someone to remain silent? A new analysis by psychologists has helped define the personality profile of people who speak up:

“The researchers tested two competing and equally plausible theories about who stands up: the ‘bitter complainer’ versus the ‘well-adjusted leader.’ The ‘bitter complainer’ theory suggests that hostile, aggressive, and insecure people are more likely to become vigilantes out of a desire to unleash displaced frustration onto an unsuspecting target. In contrast, the ‘well-adjusted leader’ theory takes the view that people who intervene are more likely to be confident, stable, and mature… Overall, the findings seemed to support the ‘well-adjusted leader’ theory rather than the ‘bitter complainer’ hypothesis.”

Read: Who Speaks Up in the Face of Uncivil Behavior?

Tech Trends

Taking reusability to new heights:

Friday afternoon, SpaceX launched its ‘block 5’ Falcon 9 rocket. In theory, this new design can fly 10 times without refurbishment, and after ‘moderate servicing’ should be able to withstand even more launches. 🚀 🚀

Learn more about NASA’s and SpaceX’s plans for the block 5.

Plus, a galaxy 65 million light years away is stumping astronomers.

“The unique galaxy, called NGC 1052-DF2, contains at most 1/400th the amount of dark matter that astronomers had expected…” –NASA

Watch the video here.

Marketing Trends

A new type of podcast advertisement:

The “Recode/Decode” podcast had an interesting guest on this past week…

Yes, host Kara Swisher had on fictional character Russ Hanneman from HBO’s Silicon Valley (played by Chris Diamantopoulos). The fake interview was bookended by ads for HBO.

“As advertisers, we’re attracted to podcasting due to the undivided attention of its consumers. As storytellers, we love the ability to extend the ‘Silicon Valley’ narratives into the real world and surprise and delight our fans.” -Dana Flax, director of digital and social media at HBO

Learn more about the future of podcast advertisements.

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The Best of What We Are Up To

Last night we held a live discussion of Nassim Taleb’s book, Skin in the Game. In it we:

  • Took a deep dive into the topics discussed in the book
  • Gave our honest review of the book
  • Answered questions and read comments from the viewers
  • Shared actionable insights and key takeaways that you can apply to your everyday life

Missed the live stream? Never fear! You can watch the video here.

Writer Spotlights

David Mamet’s Two Rules for Finding Success as an Artist by Bryan Collins

4 reasons why you don’t give yourself permission to create by Cali Bird

Building a Cryptocurrency Portfolio by Jake Ryan

Learning Without Limits: How Indigenous Tribes Prepared Me To Master Data Science by AJ Goldstein

How you can land a 6-figure job In tech with no connections — tips that got me job offers from Google and other tech giants by Austin Belcak

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