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How To Find Your Mission

The Mission Newsletter, 5/17/18

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” –Bill Gates

One Idea to Change the (Entire?) Game

Episode 13 of The Mission Daily

“For studying courage in textbooks doesn’t make you any more courageous than eating cow meat makes you bovine. By some mysterious mental mechanism, people fail to realize that the principal thing you can learn from a professor is how to be a professor — and the chief thing you can learn from, say, a life coach or inspirational speaker is how to become a life coach or inspirational speaker. So remember that the heroes of history were not classicists and library rats, those people who live vicariously in their texts. They were people of deeds and had to be endowed with the spirit of risk taking.” — Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of Skin in the Game

Why does the idea of “skin in the game” matter so much?

And how can we use this idea (and the others from Skin in the Game) to improve our own lives, and the lives of others?

Listen to Episode 13: One Idea to Change the (Entire?) Game

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From the Archives

The Fifth Principle of Accelerated Learning: Meaning

This episode on accelerated learning dives into finding our mission and meaning in life.

We highlight our favorite tips from one of the wisest individuals on the topic. This individual went into the woods for 5 years, read hundreds of books, and came out with some great discoveries that can help us… if we so choose.

Listen to Episode 5: How To Find Your Mission & Meaning

News That Matters


As you get older, your bones grow weaker — that’s nature at work.

Now, scientists are working to use nature to help slow that process. Instead of manufactured medicines that often disrupt the natural remodeling cycle of bones, researchers are looking at ways to utilize curcumin, the main ingredient in tumeric, as a more natural and organic method of treating bone disease.

So for strong bones, drink your milk… and maybe take a side dose of curcumin.

Check it out.


Place your bets!

The Supreme Court overturned a 1992 ban on sports betting, which means a windfall of new, legalized gambling profits could be coming to just about every state.

For a long time, sports leagues such as the NFL, NBA, and MLB, among others, were concerned that sports betting could upset the integrity of their sports. Recently, however, many league commissioners have changed their tune — especially since they’ve started lobbying to receive a 1% integrity fee on all bets. That’d be quite the chunk of change coming from what’s estimated to be a $150 billion pot that exists in the underground world of sports wagering.


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Tech Trends

Imagine a future where you didn’t have to call up your doctor’s office and wait on hold just to make an appointment … six months from now.

That future is getting closer and closer as Google unveiled new AI technology called Google Duplex that will be able to assist users in everyday activities such as making phone calls and accomplishing specific tasks. Unlike Siri or Alexa, Duplex is much more intuitive and can adapt even when a conversation doesn’t go as planned.

See Duplex in action.

Marketing Trends

TV in 15 minutes or less!

That’s the goal of NewTV, a video startup from Hollywood bigwig Jeffrey Katzenberg. Katzenberg secured $800 million to finance the new video streaming network, which aims to produce content with the quality of a Netflix or Hulu but at the length of an average Youtube clip, which is under 15 minutes.

No shows have been announced, and it’s still unclear on which platforms they will run when they do premiere, but it seems like the future of TV is going to be coming to you in bite-sized pieces.

Read more about NewTV.

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The Best of What We Are Listening To

Season 2 of one of our favorite podcasts just hit the airwaves! 🎉

Anatomy of Next is Founders Fund’s podcast series on technology and human potential. This season’s theme is ‘humanity building its first new world on Mars’. And their first episode dives right in!

“Before we can approach the task of building humanity’s second home on Mars, we need to get there. In Episode 2.1, we explore the most likely shape of our first mission to the Red Planet.”

Listen Now.

(P.S. Want more awesome podcasts that will help you upgrade your health, wealth, and wisdom? Check out our list of The Top 40 Podcasts to Fuel Your Productivity.)

Writer Spotlights

How To Learn Languages Fast by Alex Redfern

If you hate your job, read this by Brie Rangel

City of Angel by Chris Hendricks

The 3 Questions Every Startup CEO Needs to Ask to Reach 1 Million Users by Cliff Lerner

It’s time to drop the verb “fight” from our language. by Valeriano Donzelli (Vale)

Zuckerberg, Musk, and Buffet All Have this in Common by Alyssa Atkins

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