The Secret Formula For Growth

The Mission Newsletter, 8/2/18

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” –Oprah Winfrey

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Episode 68 of The Mission Daily

There are many ways to form lasting, meaningful relationships in your personal life and in business, but vulnerability and curiosity will get you to those deeper relationships faster. Chad and Stephanie take you through the ways to put yourself in maybe uncomfortable situations that, ultimately, will lead to a happier, more-connected you.

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News That Matters

Health

Positivity is contagious, and, as seen in a Japanese subculture of women, has proven to have a positive effect on lifespan as well.

In Okinawa, Japan, a place where the average life expectancy for women is around 90, the oldest in the world, people form a kind of social network called a moai — a group of five friends who offer social, logistic, emotional and even financial support for a lifetime.

Here in the U.S., researchers are looking into forming types of moais by bringing together groups with similar interests, such as travel or walking, and they have found that those in the group have been healthier and happier thanks to the influence of the group.

Lucky for you, you don’t need to be part of a medical or research study to form your own moai. Just find people with similar interests as you and try to surround yourself with them to bring some more positivity to your daily life!

Wealth

The term “entrepreneurship” probably conjures up images of startups trying to disrupt one industry or another. But a different form of entrepreneurship is proving to be a lower-risk way of building value.

Mark Daoust lays out four ways of being an acquisition entrepreneur, and his categories of acquisitions include the turnaround company, the eternally profitable company, the high growth company, and the platform company. Each has their own risks, but offers a greater reward, too.

While the startup world experiences high failure rates and relatively low success rates, entrepreneurs who follow an acquisition path tend to see significantly higher rates of return with nearly 80 percent of acquisitions reporting themselves to be profitable after a few years.

This might just be the most appealing benefit of buying a business rather than building a business: the path to a solid return on investment is significantly faster and significantly less risky in most cases.

Wisdom

Stress + Rest = Growth.

That’s the equation athletes have been using to train forever, but the formula works for life, too.

In work and in life, performance coach Brad Stulberg says that you need to challenge yourself in the direction you want to grow, and then take time to rest and assess what went well when you did that and what you could change for the next time. The same method also applies to growing your business and your relationships. Constantly ask what is the next logical step, then take it. But make sure you rest and reflect in between!

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Tech Trends

There is a very specific technology that the entire world runs on and it is extremely susceptible to tampering. And more bad news, very little is being done to protect it.

Billions of devices and industries run thanks to satellite GPS signals, which provide precise location and time data to the billionth of a second accuracy. Tampering with this data could spell havoc on things as minor as Google maps, to things as major as the entire stock market.

Most critical services, and financial markets, have backups — their own atomic clocks, perhaps, or connections to slightly less precise tools. But some of those backups depend on GPS timing, and might last only a few minutes. “GPS is the single point of failure for the entire modern economy,” says Representative John Garamendi, a California Democrat who’s been warning about the hazards for years as a member of the House committees on armed services and on transportation and infrastructure. “No cellphone, no ATM machine will work.”

There are certain options to protect against disruption, including switching to a land-based system of radio signals called Enhanced Long-Range Navigation (eLoran). eLoran is stronger than GPS signal and is planned to be put in place in South Korea by 2020. However, the $200 million taxpayer price tag has the U.S. lagging behind.

Marketing Trends

Media consumption has reached a new peak as a recent Nielsen report states that American adults now spend an average of 11 hours per day watching TV, on apps, listening to music, or otherwise looking at screens.

That number is up 19 minutes since the last quarter, and data scientists partially attribute the rise to how ubiquitous TV-connected devices have become. However, radio remained the №1 method by which most Americans reported consuming their media.

Education Trends

The debate on whether or not LeBron James is the best basketball player ever is one that will go on for generations. His impact on the court is undeniable. But, more important than that, his impact off of it will fuel more than just stats in record books and talk among sports fans.

Recently, the NBA star joined with his hometown of Akron, Ohio, to open a public school that caters to at-risk kids similar to James when he was younger. The inaugural class of third and fourth graders started at the I Promise School last week. The students will be provided a longer school year and school days to help them accelerate their learning and give them a chance to succeed in the future. Plus, when they graduate, they will have the chance to go to the University of Akron tuition-free.

The Best of What We Are Listening To

After having the always amazing Russ Roberts on The Mission Daily earlier this week, it seems only fitting to give a huge shoutout to his insightful podcast, EconTalk!

Russ Roberts is a fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and his weekly podcast is our go-to for all things economics. Russ and his guests dive deep into the economics that influences our daily lives. They discuss everything from book reviews and business cycles to free trade and health care. Economics is all around us, and if you want to better understand how that truth affects you, then this is a podcast you won’t want to miss.

Listen to EconTalk.

Writer Spotlights

Advancing the Short-Term Accommodations Industry: How to find the next Airbnb by Brianne Kimmel

5 Essential Questions to Ask Yourself for Pursuing the Life You Truly Want by Christopher D. Connors

Were It Not For The Pain, How Would You Know The Depths Of Your Character? by Tony Fahkry

Why Personal Development Can Make Us So Miserable by Srinivas Rao

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