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The Road to Recovery

The Mission Newsletter, 6/18/18

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself and not a second-rate version of someone else.” — Judy Garland

The Road to Recovery

Episode 36 of The Mission Daily

Recovery isn’t a bad word, but some people treat it as such. Recovery can be simple or it can be hard, but Chad and Ian make it accessible in part two of their discussion about adversity.

Listen to Episode 36 on iTunes or Google Play.

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News That Matters


The National Health Service in England is putting pressure on social media companies to find ways to combat what they see as a crisis in children’s mental and physical health.

NHS believes that technology, such as social media, is not only making children more sedentary — which can lead to obesity and other health concerns — but is also placing an undue and previously unseen pressure on young people. This pressure could lead to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

In response, the NHS wants companies such as Google and Facebook to start taking responsibility for the effects they are having and take steps to curb the problems their technology is causing.

The call comes as part of the Duty of Care Campaign, which is seeking more government and corporate intervention in the crises facing today’s always-connected children.

Learn more here.


Chicago will get a little more Boring. 😋

Elon Musk’s Boring Company is considering creating an underground tunnel and transportation system for the Windy City. The electric vehicles would use tunnels under the city of Chicago’s downtown to shuttle passengers to O’Hare Airports at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour. Travel time is said to be an easy 12 minutes.

Chicago is the first city to contract Musk’s company to bring a new, more efficient transit system to a much-needed area. The particulars of the Chicago Express Loop, as it will be known, are still being worked out, so there is no information on how much the system will cost or when it will be available.

Get all the available details here.


You might want to trade that zen state for some Zzzzs.

In a recent interview, one of the leading experts in sleep research, Daniel Gartenberg, says that even though meditation might be en vogue right now, what could be better for you is a quick power nap instead. As numerous surveys and studies have revealed, Americans are sleeping on average an hour less per night than they were in the 1950s.

So during that 2pm lull, rather than pounding the coffee, maybe lay your head down for a relaxing 20 minutes. 😴

“The most important thing is taking that time off — it’s more conducive to your productivity. A lot of times people think they can like fight through and push harder and harder and harder to get better results, but sleep can give you that, too. When you transition in and out of sleep, your brain produces theta waves, which help you think more divergently. That’s why a lot of times when you wake up from a power nap or from sleeping, you’ll be able to solve that intractable problem that you couldn’t earlier in the day. That’s one of the reasons I think taking a break — whether it’s meditation or nap — during that circadian dip can be much more conducive to productivity.”

More from Gartenberg’s interview here.

Tech Trends

Apparently, the newest thing to be automated is friendship.

Scary as it may seem, a new robot in Japan called iPal was recently unveiled, and the bot can speak multiple languages, give math lessons, and even tell jokes. Via a screen in the robot’s chest, the iPal can interact with children and adults, and allow parents to monitor their children from afar thanks to a linked iPhone app.

iPal is five feet tall, moves on wheels, and uses facial recognition software to do all the things parents and caregivers need it to — all for just 9,000 yuan ($1,400).

Check out the iPals here.

Marketing Trends

Comedy is having its day in the sun — stand-up comedy specifically.

Thanks in part to Netflix, which, in recent years, has made a commitment to working with comedians and purchasing their specials to stream on the platform, the stand-up comedy genre has seen a huge increase in popularity. In 2017, more than 18.3 million people attended stand-up shows, a nearly four-million person increase from 2008. And according to comedians these days, landing a special with Netflix is the new way of making it — similar to how being invited to sit on Johnny Carson’s couch was the measure of success back in the day.

“Now Netflix is the go-to place,” says ventriloquist Jeff Dunham. The seventh-highest-grossing touring comedian in the world, Dunham jumped from Comedy Central to Netflix in 2017 with his special Relative Disaster. “That’s what’s selling tickets these days,” he explains. “Promoters I’ve known for 20 years tell me you can have an HBO special and it doesn’t do anything.”

Learn more about the Netflix laugh factory here.

Education Trends

Say goodbye to the SATs!

Well, not yet exactly, but, things could be trending that way. The University of Chicago just launched a new initiative called UChicago Empower, that will no longer require standardized tests scores to be admitted as part of your application. The program is aimed at under-served and low-income students, for whom the prices of taking standard admission tests leave them with few options. Along with eliminating the testing mandate, the program will also offer a bevy of financial aid packages and more for those who might otherwise have been left out of the education process.

“A strategic initiative to address key barriers encountered by underserved and underrepresented students, the UChicago Empower Initiative has three areas of focus: the use of technology for greater flexibility in the admissions process, including making submissions of standardized test scores optional; increased financial support, on-campus programming and online resources for first-generation, rural and underrepresented students, with full tuition aid for students whose families earn less than $125,000; and new scholarships and access programs to recognize those who serve our country and local communities.”

Find out more about the initiative here.

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“A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place.” -Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Recently, The Mission team has been spread far and wide traveling cross-country! We’re visiting family and friends, and enjoying the summer weather across the great U.S. of A.

Despite each of us leading busy home and work lives, we’ve all been making travel a priority. Why is that?

Because travel is a powerful teacher. ✈️

According to Chad Grills, CEO of The Mission, here are The 12 Things That Travels Will Teach You.

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