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Putting The War With Machines On Hold

The Mission Newsletter, 6/28/18

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world?” — Anne Frank

Putting the War With Machines On Hold

Episode 44 of The Mission Daily

Is automation the downfall of society, or will it help us grow to become a more efficient and happy population? Chad and Stephanie get together to arm listeners with the information and strategies they need to make sure we arrive at the latter scenario.

Listen to Episode 44 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

A discussion of ‘The War of Art’ by Steven Pressfield

Today at 6 pm ET (3pm PT), we will host a Facebook Live to discuss our most recent The Mission Book Club book pick! 🤓 📚

The book we will be breaking down is The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Even if you haven’t read the book (or joined The Mission Book Club), feel free to tune in to the Facebook Live! This is sure to be a value-packed discussion for readers and nonreaders alike.

In preparation to discuss The War of Art:

Please write down a few questions, challenges, and anything you’d like to cover on the live stream and hangout. If you want to talk about some specific struggles you’re having with “Resistance” right now — write them down and get ready to post them in the live hangout comments. We’ll strategize on how to overcome them, and make sure we personalize the discussion as much as you would like. We’ll post a link to the hangout here at 5:55pm ET today.

We hope to see ya there! 🤗

News That Matters


The FDA has approved the first cannabis-based drug available for pharmaceutical use.

The new drug, called Epidiolex, will be used in the treatment of two forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. Made from purified cannabidiol, or CBD, the drug is strictly medicinal and does not include THC, the primary psychoactive component of marijuana which causes a high.

“This approval serves as a reminder that advancing sound development programs that properly evaluate active ingredients contained in marijuana can lead to important medical therapies,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.

Further research is being done on what other uses CBD could have in the medical community, including being used for psychiatric disorders. Read more on the drug here.


In the last fiscal year, Nintendo reported that they had sold 15 million Switch units and 63 million games for the console which helped to nearly double their year over year revenue at $9.5 billion — yet another major win for the company that frequently finds ways of coming back from the brink of collapse.

Nintendo’s success is examined in a new piece from Bloomberg Business. In the article, author Felix Gillette takes a deep dive into how Nintendo has found success. He goes into Nintendo HQ and examines how the company, which turns 130 years old next year, brings in game creators and designers from all over the world who are taught by those who came and had success before them.

“The expectation is that new hires will learn the craft from senior producers and spend the rest of their careers at Nintendo, continuously honing their command … Nintendo’s master artisan, its most revered producer, is Shigeru Miyamoto, 65, who joined the company in 1977 and designed its first globally beloved game, Donkey Kong, a few years later. Miyamoto is still at the company, and all its senior game makers, including Koizumi and Takahashi, have worked extensively at his side.”

Learn more about Nintendo’s success in the industry here.


Want to accelerate your learning, but not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered. 😏

When we first launched The Mission Daily podcast, we created a mini-series called “The 10 Principles of Accelerated Learning.” In it, we discussed:

  • Direct Experience — Why Direct Experience Will Become THE Credential that Matters
  • Creativity — How to Supercharge Your Creativity
  • Travels — Travels and Adventures for Mind Expansion
  • Entrepreneurship — On (Ethically) Creating Value and Making More Money
  • Meaning — How to Find Your Mission & Meaning
  • Skills — The 3 Skills Nobody Wants to Master
  • Habits — The Habit that will Make You Rich in Life
  • Secrets — Secrets Exist. Here’s How to Find Them.
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  • Fellowship — 7 Keys to Friendship, Teams, Culture, and Fellowship

You can find all these episodes (and more awesome content) by checking out The Mission Daily on Stitcher, Google Play, or iTunes.

Tech Trends

According to recent reports, China has developed realistic, bird-like drones which they are using to surveil residents of the country. The drones have cameras, GPS, and data links to communicate information to the more than 30 government and military agencies which launched the tech. The movement of the drones is so convincing that real birds are said to fly side-by-side with them.

Bird drones are not new, but the success of these drones to fit in have implications for the future. Long-term applications of the tech could include more military use, as well as for aid in emergency responses and disaster relief.

Find out more here.

Marketing Trends

At the recent Capstone Research Presentations put on by Fashion Institute of Technology’s Master of Professional Studies program in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management (CFMM), the idea of transparency was a huge topic of interest — including in the beauty industry. Consumers are looking for the knowledge they need to make more informed decisions. They want to know what they are buying, how it was sourced, and what went into making the product. Luckily, companies are listening.

“The outstanding 2018 CFMM research on transparency spoke to the topic in a very modern way that has value to both retailers and brands, and the research identified actionable short- and long-term solutions for industry,” said Norman de Greve, chief marketing officer, CVS Health, and keynote speaker at the presentations. “CVS Health has heard the consumer’s demand for transparency and initiated several new programs to provide visibility on ingredients and authentic beauty images in brand advertising for beauty products in our stores.”

More on CFMM and what was discussed at the presentations here.

Education Trends

As times and industries continue to grow and change, higher education institutions are trying to figure out a way to keep pace.

In Wisconsin recently, a Taiwanese tech company called Foxconn Technology Group announced plans to build a factory in the state’s southwest region and eventually hire as many as 130,000 employees from the area. To meet the needs of the company, as well as to brace for possible work shortages in other areas, a group of higher education leaders met to form a committee called Higher Education Regional Alliance, also known as HERA.

HERA members will work in concert with one another to streamline workforce development and create a pipeline of talent. The committee has three main areas of focus: raising the region’s college completion rate; increasing program innovation, growth, and alignment; and better connecting employers with the talent coming out of the colleges.

Learn more about how the committee is fostering unity instead of competition among colleges and universities and how they are rethinking education here.

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The Best of What We Are Watching

“Living systems are never in equilibrium. They are inherently unstable. They may seem stable, but they’re not. Everything is moving and changing. In a sense, everything is on the edge of collapse.” ―Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hit theaters last weekend! 🦖 🦕

This film takes place three years after the destruction of the theme park in Jurassic World. It follows Owen Grady and Claire Dearing as they return to the island to save the remaining dinos from a volcano that’s about to erupt. 🌋

So far, reviews have been mixed (let’s be real, nothing can compare to the original Jurassic Parks), but we are still excited to go check it out on the big screen!

Watch the trailer here.

Writer Spotlights

23 Things I Learned About Writing, Strategy And Life From Tim Ferriss by Ryan Holiday

One Piece Of Simple Advice That Changed My Life. by Tim Denning

How Joining A Peer Or Mastermind Group Can Change Your Life by Robert Glazer

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