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How to Find the Future

The Mission Newsletter, 6/6/18

“Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” –Muhammad Ali

The Future Is Always Happening Somewhere

Episode 28 of The Mission Daily

“That’s your responsibility as a person, as a human being — to constantly be updating your positions on as many things as possible. And if you don’t contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you’re not thinking.” -Malcolm Gladwell

In part one of this two-part discussion, Chad and Ian explain how to find the future you want, and why it might mean contradicting yourself every once in a while.

Listen to Episode 28: The Future Is Always Happening Somewhere

This is the third episode in our special series about Finding Your Mission. Be sure to subscribe to The Mission Daily so that you don’t miss a single episode! 🤗

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.

From the Archives

Use Einstein’s Educational Philosophy to Boost Your Learning

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” -Albert Einstein

It’s often claimed that Albert Einstein performed poorly in school, but he actually did very well and was years ahead of his peers. In fact, by the age of 15, Einstein had already taught himself calculus. 😲

Although he personally did well in school, Einstein was skeptical of the schooling system and strongly disliked academia’s restrictions on learning. Here are 10 things we can learn from Albert Einstein about school and education. 🤓

News That Matters


You know that disgust you feel? Lean into it, because it’s actually helping you stay healthy.

A new study revealed that disgust is an evolutionary device humans developed to warn us away from harmful diseases and pathogens that threaten our bodies. Researchers identified six “cues” of disgust: poor hygiene; animals/insects that bring disease (such as mice or mosquitoes); promiscuous sex; atypical appearance (body deformities as well as behavioral irregularity, such as coughing or homelessness); lesions, blisters, boils or pus; and spoiled food.

Interestingly, the same pathways in the brain that trigger disgust also trigger empathy. Understanding these cues, and how humans respond to them, gives insights into how we have evolved to behave. This information can then be used in action campaigns, such as guiding citizens of third world countries to help themselves and their neighbors by washing their hands and practicing good hygiene.

Learn more about the study here.


If you like maple syrup, Ben & Jerry’s, and working from home, you might want to consider a move to Vermont.

In an effort to attract new, young, hard-workers, the state just passed legislation called the Remote Worker Grant Program, which will pay 100 people $10,000 to relocate to Vermont

“To be eligible, applicants must be employed full time by a business outside of Vermont. The grant will cover moving expenses, membership fees for a coworking space and more. The applicant must become a full-time resident of the state in 2019. And after the initial stage, 20 people a year will be eligible for grants.”

Learn more about the program here.


Whether you’re a constant globetrotter or just prepping for a summer vacation, we want to make sure you’re catching those zzz’s you need to be at your best. So we’ve boiled down some tips from David Hamer, director of the Travel Clinic at Boston Medical Center and a professor of Global Health and Medicine at the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine:

  • Try to adjust your sleep schedule slowly before you leave — 30 minutes to an hour at a time relative to how many hours ahead or behind you’ll be wherever you’re going.
  • Don’t overload on food or drink on the plane, and when you land, do as the locals do — eat and sleep exactly like they would.
  • Finally, if you’re really worried about jet lag, do some research into sleeping aids, but be very cautious with any type of medicines. Instead look into “smart” sleeping masks and other devices that could help you get some shut-eye.

For more in-depth advice, check here.

Tech Trends

China is making a run at becoming the world leader in scientific research. The country is projected to overtake the U.S. in the research field as early as next year because the Chinese offer more money to scientists, guarantee funding, and provide more opportunities, both in the public and scientific communities.

“China is spending more on infrastructure than the United States or Europe, and the middle class has ballooned — making relocation more attractive.

‘More and more people keep coming, that’s for sure,’ said Jose Pastor-Pareja, who previously studied at Yale. ‘Right now, China is the best place in the world to start your own laboratory.’”

The country is home to more supercomputers (202) than any other place in the world, and advancements in technology are given financial priority in China’s economy — an area other countries are lagging behind in. This offers the opportunity for more work on exciting, potentially life-changing advancements.

Learn more about how China is achieving scientific dominance here.

Marketing Trends

Facebook is seeing a loss in one of their key demographics as teenagers leave the social network in droves.

In 2015, a whopping 71% of 13–17 year olds surveyed reported that they used Facebook. Today, that percentage is down to just 51%, as the youth move toward the current hot social spots such as Instagram, Youtube, and Snapchat. Yet another crushing blow for the once-mighty Facebook, which has been suffering marketing and public opinion crises for some time.

“Teens are highly prized by social platforms for a number of reasons: people tend to take their habits with them as they age, they give platforms the ‘cool factor’ and attract advertisers.

In Verna’s view, this demographic shift is a ‘greater existential threat’ to Facebook than the privacy concerns to have emerged following the Cambridge Analytics scandal.”

And in related news, Facebook is catching flack for agreements that allowed device companies to mine information of Facebook users and their friends. 🤦‍ More about the study here and the latest user privacy issues here.

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The Best of What We Are Reading

While traveling, one of our favorite things to do is browse local antique shops. Recently, we had the luck of picking up Little Blue Book #417 — The Nature of Dreams by Hereward Carrington for only $1! 😁

(For those of you who don’t know, The Little Blue Book series is a series of pocket-sized paper pamphlets that were published throughout the 1900s by Emanuel Haldeman-Julius. You can learn more here.)

“Dreams have been the subject of study and speculation throughout the ages, but it is only within the past few years that a serious and systematic attempt has been made by psychological science to understand and interpret them…” -Hereward Carrington

If you want a fun (and quick!) deep dive into what dreams mean and what causes them, then we highly recommend picking up a copy. You can find them available on Amazon and eBay, or you can rent it on

Writer Spotlights

This Will Make You Thrive In Chaos & Uncertainty — Strategies From The World’s Most Legendary Fighter Pilot by Matt Bodnar

Here’s the most dangerous proverb in the English language by Ozan Varol

The Ultimate Guide to Apprenticeships by Taylor Pearson

The Little Known Secret to Getting Everything You Want in Life by Kevin Harrington

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