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Future-Proofing The Next Generation

The Mission Newsletter, 7/19/18

We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” — J.K. Rowling

AMA — How to Future-Proof The Next Generation

Episode 59 of The Mission Daily

Stephanie received an AMA question on Instagram asking for advice on how to future-proof your kids. She and Chad dive deep into that topic with their ideas on raising children and how they’ve considered their approach when it comes to raising their own child.

Listen to Episode 59 of The Mission Daily.

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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News That Matters


A new drug to treat smallpox was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Although it seems odd to develop a drug for a disease that has been eradicated for decades, the reasons behind the medication go far beyond just research purposes. Security experts are worried that the infectious disease could be used as an agent in possible chemical attacks. In order to protect against that eventuality, coming up with a treatment plan was a major priority.

“Today’s approval provides an important milestone in these efforts. This new treatment affords us an additional option should smallpox ever be used as a bioweapon.” –FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb

Previous treatments for smallpox included a cocktail of three antiviral medications that addressed the symptoms of the disease, but not necessarily the disease itself.


You’ve probably heard that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is now the richest man in the world.

His net worth is now over $150 billion, $55 billion more than the guy in the №2 spot, Bill Gates, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index.

Amazon has become a behemoth in this internet age, and shares of the company are hitting record highs, giving the company a market cap of $900 billion.

And just think, to get started, Bezos had to give up 20% of the company for just $1M…


Philosopher Leo Strauss offers a way to look beyond what authors say, into what they are trying to say (but fear they cannot say it outright).

His theory of “exoteric” and “esoteric” writing offers a new mental model to use when examining historical and philosophical texts. The idea is that the authors of historical texts had unorthodox views that could get them persecuted (or worse) so they had to hide them in writing that only the savviest of readers could find.

Peter Thiel describes a famous work by Strauss, Persecution and the Art of Writing, this way:

“His essay ‘Persecution and the Art of Writing’ shows how in all societies certain ideas are not allowed to be discussed. Properly understood, political correctness is our greatest political problem. We always have this question of how to build a society in which important problems can be thought through and tackled. It’s a mistake to simply fixate on the problem of political correctness in its narrow incarnation of campus speech codes; it’s a much more pervasive problem. For instance, part of what fuels the education bubble is that we’re not allowed to articulate certain truths about the inequality of abilities. Many of our destructive bubbles are linked to political correctness, and that’s why Strauss is so important today.”

Essentially, Strauss says that getting past the “correctness” of any piece of writing or information shared is key to discovering the actual truth of a situation. Learn more about this in The Mission Daily episodes about the Lies and the Truths we tell ourselves that might be holding us back.

Tech Trends

Google is making some updates to it’s Google Assistant software in an effort to make the AI a one-stop-shop for everything you need to know during the day.

New features will aggregate information from across your other apps, including your calendar, reminders, flight information, stocks, reservations and even where you parked, to provide up to the minute information about whatever you need. Google Assistant will also start recommending different activities for you based on what’s happening in your area, new podcasts you might like, and more.

Find out more about the all-in-one software here.

Marketing Trends

The results of the 2018 State of Digital & Content Marketing Survey are in, and it’s good news for the podcast industry.

The survey, which targets in-house counsels at various firms around the country, found that 96% of counselors believe that information overload is a problem, so they are looking for the best ways to get relevant, timely information. 31% said they preferred short-form content. A wide majority of those surveyed said that articles and newsletters were their preferred ways to get content, and 27% ranked podcasts as one of their highly preferred mediums.

“Podcasting gives consumers hands- and eyes-free information accessible on their commute, at the gym and in other untraditional venues … Podcasts are one of only two mediums where respondents rank entertainment in the top three attributes they value, offering the potential for more creative storytelling for firms willing to take risks in the name of rising above the noise.”

In case you didn’t know, The Mission Studios creates branded podcasts for world-class companies like Salesforce, Audible, Katerra, and Twilio! To learn more, check it out here.

Education Trends

Sex education is getting a very important update in the UK. This year, the curriculum will be updated to include discussions about consent and peer pressure experience both online and in real life.

“Pupils will be taught concepts of consent in an age-appropriate way, beginning in primary school, including how to deal with peer pressure so consent is not forced and the understanding that consent can be withdrawn, both online and offline. Damian Hinds, the education secretary, said: ‘It’s vital that every child knows about their rights and that nothing should happen to them without their consent.’”

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The Best of What We Are Watching

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive,so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” ―Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

If you’ve been following The Mission for even a short time, you are sure to have noticed how much we LOVE Joseph Campbell. 😍 🤓

(For anyone who is new to his work, you can learn more about Campbell’s contributions here.)

As you can imagine, we were stoked to notice that his documentary series, called The Power of Myth, is available on Netflix! This TV series is a great watch and an excellent way to jump right into Campbell’s most interesting observations and theories. Undoubtedly, this series will change the way you look at stories, myths, and self-fulfillment.

Writer Spotlights

Born To Be Unhappy. How We Can Overcome Our Own Biology. by Yinon Weiss

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Our Media

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We create custom podcast sponsorships for enterprise companies. To learn more about why companies like Salesforce trust us to produce results, connect with our team here.

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