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There’s No Cap on Intelligence

The Mission Newsletter, 6/5/18

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” –Dalai Lama

The New Intelligence Test — Part 2

Episode 27 of The Mission Daily

We left you on a bit of a cliffhanger in yesterday’s episode… 😅 😅

So, what IS the new intelligence test?

Well, it’s more of a formula than a test:

Grit + Imagination + Skills = Intelligence

The old ways of measuring intelligence are capped (with grades, rankings, point system, etc). But there is no cap on intelligence.

That’s why a formula — where the sum total of small inputs can lead to a greater and greater output — is a much more accurate assessment.

Tune in to today’s episode to learn what each part of this formula means and how you can apply it to accelerate your learning on a daily basis.

Listen to Episode 27: The New Intelligence Test — Part 2

This is the second episode in our special series about Finding Your Mission. Be sure to subscribe to The Mission Daily so that you don’t miss a single episode! 🤗

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.

New on The Story Podcast

Week 7 After Show: Paranoia, Burning Man, and Family Business

In this week’s After Show, CEO and Founder of The Mission, Chad Grills, talks with Ian Faison (CCO of The Mission) where they highlight:

  • the four BIG ideas/principles that come from the stories this week that feature Andy Grove, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Sheryl Sandberg, and Judy Estrin
  • Plus, they show you how to apply these big ideas in your own life

Listen to After Show 7: Paranoia, Burning Man, and Family Business

Season 3 of The Story features twelve technology trailblazers who started a business that changed the world. The Story is brought to you exclusively by Salesforce, the world’s #1 CRM platform that helps businesses blaze their own trails to success.

News That Matters


A new study may help spare as many as 70,000 patients from grueling chemotherapy treatments while battling breast cancer.

More than 10,000 people participated in the study, which looked at how patients with an intermediate risk of cancer recurring were treated. Half were given chemo and half were not, and it was found receiving chemo made almost no difference in recurrence or survival rates.

“Testing solved a big problem of figuring out who needs chemo, said Dr. Harold Burstein of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Many women think ‘if I don’t get chemotherapy I’m going to die, and if I get chemo I’m going to be cured,’ but the results show there’s a sliding scale of benefit and sometimes none.”


On a special episode of The Mission Daily, “A Talk With Michael Solana,” Chad Grills and Ian Faison sat down with Solana to discuss the steps he took that lead him to Founders Fund and working with billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel.

The New Jersey native relates the importance of working hard, learning as much as you can, gaining expertise in an industry or on a subject, being brave enough to reach out to people you admire, and staying relevant to the people that matter. Solana also tells the story of how sending a cold email to Thiel eventually led to a successful professional relationship.

“He responded and it was cordial and not super deep and it lasted a couple of notes and then is stopped. I didn’t expect that or to hear from him ever again, but then he showed up for the first mixer I ever did for the Sea Setting Institute …and we just talked all night. …Every few months he’d be in New York and we’d get coffee, and eventually, he asked me to work with Founders Fund.”

Listen here for even more insights and stories from Solana’s successful life and career.


Author and psychotherapist Amy Morin, whose best-selling book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do was released last year, is back with some new tips on how to raise mentally strong children.

Morin reiterates that mental fortitude is all about being open and honest about how you’re feeling. She suggests parents avoid making mental health a dirty word by encouraging children to exercise and care for their minds like they would any other part of their body.

She also advocates for children learning to solve problems on their own, rather than having parents help them every step of the way. Be there to offer guidance, but allow for mistakes to be made.

More tips include bringing feelings into every conversation so that children will be more comfortable with their emotions, and being a role model for positive action.

More from Morin here.

Tech Trends

If you’re addicted to your iPhone, don’t worry, help is on the way … from your iPhone. 🤨

Reportedly, as part of Apple’s new iOS 12, a “Digital Health” app will help users track just how much they are using their phones and the amount of time spent in specific apps. With this information literally in hand, the hope is that folks will be able to easily see where they are losing the most time and adjust their behavior accordingly.

More here.

Marketing Trends

New power plants are on the way — and these have the potential to completely change the face of energy production.

In Texas, a company called Net Power completed construction on its first natural gas power plant, which produces no carbon emissions or pollution. The company will generate electricity using a technology called the Allam Cycle:

“In typical power plants, fuel is mixed with air and burned. ‘Oxyfuel’ means that Net Power’s plant mixes fuel (in this case, natural gas) with pure oxygen, produced by an air separation unit (ASU).

Using pure oxygen rather than air virtually eliminates NOx, one of natural gas’s worst air pollutants.

In the combustor, a mix of about 5 percent oxyfuel and 95 percent carbon dioxide is combusted at ‘supercritical’ temperatures and pressure, to drive a turbine.”

In addition to being more efficient and eco-friendly, the plant also takes up significantly less space, which will lead to lower capital costs than traditional power plants.

Read more about Net Power and its energy plans here.

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The Best of What We Are Listening To

Here’s a playlist for you Apple Music users to check out! 🎧 🎶

It’s called Future Sounds and is a curated playlist by Apple Music Electronic. The playlist is updated frequently to always include ‘the very best contemporary electronic music’. This is the perfect playlist to hit shuffle on and dive deep into your work.

Listen here.

(Psst… Don’t have Apple Music? Don’t worry! Here’s a good, also continuously-updated, electronic playlist on Spotify: mint.)

Writer Spotlights

The Philosophy of Consciousness by Oshan Jarow

Try This 30-Day Plan to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone by Jason Gutierrez

Top 20 Reasons Startups Fail (Infographic) by Larry Kim

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