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Strengthen Your Sense of Direction

The Mission Newsletter, 7/30/18

“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.” — Calvin Coolidge

From the Archives

What Happens When You Jump

“Take stock of your surroundings. Jumping into some things is good, but remember that you’re only one jump away from catastrophe. There is always another opportunity coming, and sometimes it pays to stay put. Sometimes it pays to jump. The only person that will know the right answer when the time comes is you.”

Read: What Happens When You Jump

News That Matters


Google is working on a pair of headphones to track your health. According to a new patent, the tech company wants to create headphones with an inner-ear sensor that can measure your body temperature while you listen to audio and use data it aggregates over time to help detect inconsistencies that could reveal health concerns.

Google suggests that in-ear health monitoring could have global health implications — distributing the devices during outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola and swine flu could increase early detection rates, decrease mortality, and limit the scope of the outbreak.

Current outbreak management protocols are inefficient, according to Google. The company uses the example of a person who unwittingly contracts a virus and spreads it to other people via air travel before his symptoms begin to show.


Does exercising earn you money? Maybe.

A recent study, which surveyed people who worked out and those who sometimes or never worked out, found that those who exercised regularly make as much as $25,000 more on average than their counterparts. The study also found that those who engaged in high-intensity workouts made more than those who stuck to low or medium impact programs

“The survey findings are a strong indicator that people now feel the holistic effects that fitness can have on their lives and not just their bodies,” says Daniel Sobhani, CEO at Freeletics. “It goes a long way beyond perfect abs and gym selfies — fitness has the power to unleash people’s true potential and help them in all aspects of life, giving them the confidence and willpower to achieve what they’ve always wanted to and to get more out of life.”


It’s true, not everyone has a great sense of direction. And in today’s world with Google Maps and a GPS in your pocket at all times, most people have let learning navigation skills fall to the wayside. But it’s important to be able to find your way, and, luckily, there are easy ways that you can hone your skills.

One of the best tricks to figure out what direction you’re going is to look for landmarks. If you’re in the Bay Area (like us!), if you know which way the ocean is, then you know which way West is, and from there you can figure out all the other directions. Also, don’t forget all the old sayings like “moss always grows on the north side of the tree” and that, “in New York City, evens run east” (meaning even-numbered streets usually run east to west).

And make sure to keep challenging yourself! Take different paths to places you know so you become more familiar with what’s around you.

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Tech Trends

Huge news! Liquid water was found on Mars.

The Italian Space Agency announced that researchers have detected signs of a large, stable body of liquid water locked away beneath a mile of ice near Mars’ south pole. The observations were recorded by the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding instrument — Marsis for short. “Marsis was born to make this kind of discovery, and now it has,” says Roberto Orosei, a radioastronomer at the National Institute for Astrophysics, who led the investigation. His team’s findings, which appear in this week’s issue of Science, raise tantalizing questions about the planet’s geology — and its potential for harboring life.

With this discovery comes a renewed effort to find out more about the red planet, its history, and what could be possible for us there in the future.

Marketing Trends

Reports have shown that podcast listeners tend to be younger and more affluent, and a new market report reveals that they also tend to spend more than the average person at the grocery store. It found that people who like comedy podcasts tend to buy more baby food and tea, and those who listen to news and politics tend to prefer nuts.

These sets of data may seem random and unimportant, but to advertisers, insights like that are key to how they make decisions on where to put their ad dollars. The consumer goods industry, in particular, is very interested in this statistic and has demonstrated a desire to get ahold of that podcast audience by putting more of a focus on podcast advertising.

Education Trends

Although reasons differ, a new study out of the Pew Research Center has found that six in ten people in America believe that higher education is headed in the wrong direction.

High tuition costs, the politicization of school, and the lack of proper job training all played a role in how people thought about higher education.

The Best of What We Are Reading

“We are playful when we engage others at the level of choice, when there is no telling in advance where our relationship with them will come out — when, in fact, no one has an outcome to be imposed on the relationship, apart from the decision to continue it.” ― James P. Carse

Read: Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility

Writer Spotlights

Stop Rationalizing, instead, Embrace the Randomness of Life. by Valeriano Donzelli

As Within, So Without: Your Self-Talk Speaks Volumes by Tony Fahkry

What you Create for an Audience of One is Much More Likely to Reach An Audience of Millions by Srinivas Rao

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