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The Mission Newsletter, 8/31/18

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” — Margaret Thatcher

Book Club; Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

Episode 89 of The Mission Daily

In this special, live episode, Chad and Stephanie discuss the life and legacy of visionary creator Walt Disney and this month’s book-club choice, Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination.

Listen to Episode 89 of The Mission Daily.

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.

News That Matters

Zero bottles of beer on the wall

Scrap the other 99 verses. This is the shortest song in the world.

A new study we wish we had never seen suggests the best amount of alcohol for your health is none. Not a drip drop.

Special shoutout to Dr. Nasir Naqvi who has no connection to the study, yet offered his medical opinion in this ABC News interview anyway:

“There are many seemingly benign things in life that statistically increase the risk of death, such as driving, swimming at the beach, etc. Are you also going to stop doing these things because of this statistical association?”

He has a point.

Running of the bull

You’ve got to hand it to Wall Street — they know how to keep a streak alive. This summer marks the longest bull market in U.S. economic history.

(“How long is it?”)

Nine freakin’ years! But it’s no time to party. This high-profile money manager predictsthe next recession is coming in three to five years. Better start saving those birthday checks from grandma.

Eating is the worst

’Tis the season of Starbucks’ PSL, might as well embrace the cankles, right? Pumpkin-spice-lame-o! Scientific American is serving up one hot tip to keep your diet willpower afloat: Use a ritual.

Wait, isn’t that another way of saying “OCD”?


When the researchers scoped a local university gym and taught three poor women to cut their food into tiny bits, arrange them obsessively in a pattern, make the right half of their plate look exactly like the left half, and press a fork on top of their food three times before taking a bite, they were AMAZED to learn the women consumed fewer calories…

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As seen on the internet

They’re hot, they’re trendy, they’re unlike anything you’ve ever seen before — introducing the Dezeen Awards 2018 design shortlist! A regular award list has a boring graphic and name drops some guy you’ve never heard of before. This award list has it all — a foldable scooter, clothes that grow with your kid, robotic furniture.

The Deezen Award 2018 design shortlist features 43x the number of regular finalists. Why would you want to limit yourself to only one cool product when you could see 43 stunners? You read it, you look at the photos, you’re like, “Whoa. Neat.” Here’s a memo note you can wear. That is gonna look great at happy hour. No other list is gonna show you that.


Alexa + Frank Forever.

Amazon is developing a new video recorder named “Frank.” The new device would have the ability to record live TV and connect to Amazon’s Fire TV streaming boxes. No further details, but lots of rumors flying around.

That hat makes everyone look ugly

The world’s biggest companies — think Apple, Google, Whole Foods (Amazon) and IBM — no longer require applicants to have a college degree.

“’About 15 percent of the people we hire in the U.S. don’t have four-year degrees. There’s an opportunity to broaden the candidates to fill the skills gap,’ said IBM’s vice president of talent Joanna Daly.”

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It’s a looong weekend, so we’ve gone to the trouble of finding the best out-of-office message Twitter has to offer. Copy + Paste. You know what to do.

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The Best of What We Are Listening To

Want to learn the secrets that built the world’s greatest businesses?

Listening to podcasts is one way to do just that. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of 30 of our favorite business podcasts!

These shows will teach you everything from starting up and selling your product to the hidden economics that drives industries. They’ll also keep you up to date on the latest business news and market trends.

Soak up the wisdom and enjoy!

Writer Spotlights

Never Forget To Make Time For These 3 Things As CEO by Heidi Zak

100 Inspirational Quotes from the World’s Best Business Leaders by Larry Kim

Will The Stink of Failure Sink Me? by Christopher Lochhead

Our Media

The Mission is a new kind of media company. We publish stories, videos, and podcasts to help smart people get smarter. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or learn more about us here. We’d love to connect!

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We create custom podcast sponsorships for enterprise companies. To learn more about why companies like Salesforce trust us to produce results, connect with our team here.

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