Habits to Level Up Your Life

The Mission Newsletter, 6/29/18

“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.” — Henry Miller

Three Habits To Help Create More Opportunities

Episode 45 of The Mission Daily

Reading, writing, and speaking are things you probably do every day — but are you making these tasks work for you? Chad and Stephanie provide tips to help you pay more attention to these three areas, and how by doing so you can level up more aspects of your daily life.

Listen to Episode 45 on iTunes or Google Play.

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.

The Mission Book Club Live

Yesterday, we hosted a Facebook live where we discussed The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. If you missed the live event, but want to see the recording, you can check it out here 👉 👉 The Mission Book Club

Have questions, comments, or suggestions? Keep the conversation going in the comments below the video!

News That Matters


Runner’s high is a real thing and we’re learning why. 👟 👟

In a few recent experiments done at various universities, mental processes from processing information, tuning out distractions, and switching between tasks all improved thanks to running. Running has been linked with mindfulness with more frequency lately, and many think that running could be a useful way to help with things like stress and depression. Plus, you just always seem to feel really good after a run.

“Endocannabinoids are a diverse family of bodily chemicals which, like cannabis, bind the brain’s cannabinoid receptors. The levels of endocannabinoids circulating in the blood rises after 30 minutes of moderately intense treadmill running. Rigorous experiments, conducted on lab mice, show that running-induced endocannabinoids are responsible for reductions in anxiety and perception of pain.”

Learn more about the neuroscience of running here.


In the last year, a huge amount of money has poured into the space industry. According to a report from investment firm Space Angels, more than 120 firms made investments in space last year to the tune of $3.9 billion.

As space travel moves further into the private sector, there have been more and more debates on what constitutes commercial space travel.

“So what counts as commercial? According to Space Angels, a company must fulfill three criteria: developed by a nongovernment-owned profit-seeking entity, built with risk-capital that is at least 25 percent of the total development costs and serving government and nongovernment customers.”

The data also shows that commercial launches are more reliable and cost-effective than government launches.

More data here.


Stuck in a rut? All you have to do is take one variable of a project you’re working on and flip it around. That’s the advice from Tiffany Beers, who worked for Tesla and as a senior innovator for Nike, with whom she worked on making the self-lacing shoes from Back To The Future II a reality.

While working on that project, one of the engineers was burning out, so Beers instructed him to make a shoe that could withstand a five-mile run using only materials he found at Home Depot. He not only made the Home Depot shoes but wound up helping the team make the self-lacing shoes work, too.

What this teaches us is to question things you normally wouldn’t question, like where your materials come from, to help your brain start formulating new and different ideas.

“Keep it fresh,” she said. “When the same things are done over and over, the process, product, and experience become stale. Sometimes you need to force yourself out of that state.”

Read the whole story here.

Tech Trends

After a three-and-a-half-year journey, Japan’s Hayabusa2 has reached Ryugu, the asteroid it has been chasing.

The entire mission has been tracked by The New York Times, and you can check out an interactive timeline here.

Now that Hayabusa2 has touched down, the second stage of the mission can begin, which includes deploying three rovers to explore the surface of the asteroid, and a plan to blast an artificial crater into the surface so that the material below can be analyzed. No word on if Bruce Willis was called to consult.

The asteroid resembles a spinning top, rotates in the opposite direction of the earth and will provide exciting new opportunities for scientists to learn more about space objects and how they are formed.

Get all the info here.

Marketing Trends

Dell has partnered with Marvel Studios this summer to help promote the movie Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Dell’s hardware and software played a role in creating the visual effects in the film, and the company’s tech is integral in the film. The partnership aims to help show how powerful technology can be in making certain aspects of superhero films tangible, and the two companies hope to inspire the next generation to continue pushing tech forward.

The partnership is nothing new for Dell, whose Chief Customer Officer, Karen Quintos, has spent her career connecting directly to the customer and working to get more and more people active and curious in the company. Quintos recently sat down with Forbes to discuss her tips on success and said listening and connecting the dots to what customers want to the products and partnerships a company pursues is critical.

Learn more about the new Marvel partnership here.

Education Trends

New research suggests that first-generation college students are more engaged learners than their peers.

The study found that first-generation students enter college with a greater commitment to their education, more self-efficacy, and are more engaged on campus. However, the group was also shown to be less resilient. They felt less supported by their institutions and were made to feel they are navigating the process on their own. It is in this area that John Gardner, chief executive officer of the Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, a nonprofit organization that partners with colleges to help them improve outcomes, believes that institutions can improve.

“Colleges have an opportunity to create an environment where first-generation students, especially those who are racial and ethnic minorities, see more leaders who come from similar backgrounds. And faculty members shouldn’t lower their expectations of these students, he said. Arizona Western College, for instance, launched a campaign last year called ‘I Am First Gen,’ for students to celebrate being the first in their families to attend college and to connect with faculty and staff members who also self-identified as being first-generation students.”

Find out more on first-gen students and the study here.

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The Best of What We Are Listening To

Here’s a little throwback music for you to enjoy this weekend! 🎧 🎶

“I know it’s hard when you’re falling down, and it’s a long way up when you hit the ground. Get up now, get up, get up now.” -Imagine Dragons, On Top Of The World

We are (re)enjoying Imagine Dragons older and newer albums. Imagine Dragons is one of those bands that we can’t help but come back to. You can listen to the following albums on Spotify:

What’s been some of your long-time favorite music? Tweet it at us @TheMissionHQ so that we can give it a listen!

Writer Spotlights

If You Only Read A Few Books In 2018, Read These by Ryan Holiday

How the world’s “busiest” people still find work-life balance by Jory MacKay

Nobody Has it Perfect by Srinivas Rao

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