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How to Make Real Connections

The Mission Newsletter, 7/12/18

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” -Scott Adams

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Episode 54 of The Mission Daily

Don’t just get on someone’s radar, make a real connection that works for you and that person. Communication is difficult. In today’s episode, Chad and Stephanie talk about a strategy that works to keep you close to those you love and connects you to people you want to connect with.

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News That Matters

Health

Hungry? Your brain knows it, and it’s being activated by those high calorie snacks.

In a new study that looked at how the brain reacted to images of high calorie foods in different hunger states (after fasting or while satiated), researchers found that the brain activated more when subjects were shown images of high-calorie food as opposed to when shown low-calorie food, and this was true across all age groups. Although it should be noted that the younger subjects, children and teens, “liked” the high-calorie food more than the adults.

While not conclusive, this could be a contributing factor in overeating and obesity.

Check out the study here.

Wealth

What we buy predicts a lot, including our politics, race, and education level.

At the University of Chicago, economists Marianne Bertrand and Emir Kamenica used machine learning to analyze people’s media and buying habits, as well as how they spent their time. Based on the inputs, the program predicted a person’s income, political ideology, race, education, and gender. The results were as much as 90% accurate.

Race was determined easily based on things as tiny as whether or not you owned a flashlight and the brand of English Muffin you bought. And, in determining income, back in the 90s the question was whether or not you bought Grey Poupon mustard. Today, whether or not you own an iPhone is the great predictor. Politics, too, had interesting indicators:

“They start with superficial differences: If someone went to Arby’s or Applebee’s or used Jif peanut butter, you might guess they were conservative. If they didn’t own fishing gear or use ranch dressing, but drank alcohol and bought novels? Probably a liberal.”

See more of the fascinating findings here.

Wisdom

According to certain billionaires, Inversion Thinking is what’s needed to be successful.

What you do is think about what you want and then plan for the opposite. Doing so will give you a competitive advantage because you’ll be more prepared than those who are only prepping for the outcomes they want. Essentially, instead of doing something you know will be good, think about how you can avoid doing something you know will be bad. If you think about the bad decisions in advance and prepare to avoid them, it will help prevent you from failure.

Charlie Munger, the business partner of Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman of the multi-billion dollar company, Berkshire Hathaway, subscribes to this way of thinking. He says:

“Invert, always invert: Turn a situation or problem upside down. Look at it backward. What happens if all our plans go wrong? Where don’t we want to go, and how do you get there? Instead of looking for success, make a list of how to fail instead–through sloth, envy, resentment, self-pity, entitlement, all the mental habits of self-defeat. Avoid these qualities and you will succeed. Tell me where I’m going to die so I don’t go there.”

Learn more here.

Tech Trends

Making solid rocket fuel is a difficult and dangerous job, but it’s also important in order to gain liftoff on a number of new, large spacecrafts. So it’s being made in a remote location in Kourou, French Guiana, and those working on it liken the process to baking a cake.

“Unlike your average cake, the mixing process is so hazardous that it takes place behind thick concrete walls in an isolated building surrounded by tropical jungle. Operations are controlled remotely from a blockhouse several hundred metres away, and the whole area is enclosed by security fences, barbed wire and watchtowers.”

The multi-step process to create the solid rocket fuel is dangerous at every stage, and even when it’s fully baked, once it’s lit, it can’t be stopped. As such, it’s considered too dangerous to ship long distances. But the solid rocket fuel allows for a more reliable launch and eliminates the need for second-stage liquid fuel, so the teams will continue to painstakingly create them and launch from their remote locations.

Learn more about the process here.

Marketing Trends

Netflix is testing out a new “Ultra” subscription option in Europe. The new model offers 4K Ultra HD video with High Dynamic Range (HDR) quality and the ability to watch on four screens at the same time for a price of 17 euros (approximately $20).

The current premium plan available in the U.S. already offers the same experience, but for $13.99 per month. Depending on how the testing goes, subscribers in America could be seeing a price bump in the not too distant future.

“We continuously test new things at Netflix and these tests typically vary in length of time,” a statement from the company read. “In this case, we are testing slightly different price points and features to better understand how consumers value Netflix. Not everyone will see this test and we may not ever offer the specific price points or features included in this test.”

Find out more here.

Education Trends

Learning is moving online more and more. In order to help an increasingly connected generation of young people learn about personal finance, Bloomberg is moving online, too.

The company announced a Facebook Watch series that will educate millennials about finance in bite-sized videos. Called “At What Cost,” the 20-episode series will see Bloomberg journalists discuss topics from the news and explain to the audience the impact the headlines can have on their lives. There will also be a live, interactive question and answer portion of the show.

Bloomberg believes that bringing finance education directly to the place where millennials are gathering (on social platforms) will be beneficial as that generation tries to find their way in a constantly changing world.

Find out more about the educational programming here.

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“Power has generally meant the ability to advance oneself and simultaneously to control, limit, and if possible, destroy the power of others. Power so far has at least two components: power for oneself and power over others… The history of power struggles as we have known them has been on these grounds. The power of another person, or group of people, was generally seen as dangerous. You had to control them or they would control you… [to be controlled or to control] in the realm of human development is not a valid formulation. Quite the reverse. In a basic sense, the greater the development of each individual, the more able, more effective and less needy of limiting or restricting others she or he will be.” -Jean Baker Miller

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