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Watch What You Put In Your Brain

The Mission Newsletter, 7/5/18

“Just because you are happy, it does not mean that the day is perfect, but that you have looked beyond its imperfections.” -Bob Marley

Capitalize on an Endless Stream of Information

Episode 49 of The Mission Daily

Curating the information you consume is one of the best ways to capitalize on everything you’re putting in your brain. Chad and Stephanie dole out tips on how we can become arbiters of history by being selective with our information, and they shout out who they get their curated information from.

Listen to Episode 49 on iTunes or Google Play.

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Remember way back in March when we first launched The Story podcast? 😄

Now we are three seasons deep, and it’s been a crazy (but fun!) ride. Your support and feedback has been the #1 reason why we’ve been able to continue to provide these amazing stories!

To celebrate #ThrowbackThursday, we are relistening to our very first episode:

S1:E1 -The Woman Who Everyone Laughed At

“This is The Story of one woman who was laughed at, made people laugh, and then had the final laugh.”

News That Matters


There’s a recommended amount of time that adults are supposed to exercise in a week. 👟 👟

The CDC suggests that every week we all do “muscle-strengthening” activities at least twice, along with 150 minutes of “moderate intensity” aerobic physical activity. But new research suggests that the percentage of people following those guidelines is quite varied.

Colorado has the highest percentage of adults meeting the recommendations, at 32.5% of their population hitting the mark. Mississippi ranks lowest, with only 13.5 percent of their residents getting up and moving at the rate of what’s suggested.

The national average stands at 22.9%. 13 states — many of which lie in the southeast — fell below the average, and 14 rose above. Those states with more active populations were most often in the “activity-filled west” or had populations that were wealthier than their counterparts.

Find out where your state ranks here.


If Instagram was a standalone company, the social network would be worth more than $100 billion. The photo-sharing platform adds new users at a higher rate than other social sites, including Facebook, which owns Instagram.

The key to Instagram’s valuation? Its user base, which ranks younger, and thus has more value to marketers who are willing to advertise on the platform. This means a big shift in Facebook’s revenue.

“Instagram could account for about 16 percent of Facebook’s revenue over the next year, up from 10.6 percent last year, according to eMarketer data cited by Bloomberg Intelligence. The unit announced the addition of Instagram television, or IGTV, last week as an attempt to catalyze future growth. Most of Instagram’s 2018 revenue growth will still likely come from its newsfeed ads, as the TV platform is still developing.”

More here.


Gala Darling, who wrote the book Radical Self-Love: A Guide To Loving Yourself And Living Your Dreams, recently stopped by the Girlboss podcast, Self Service, to discuss a morning routine she believes can help all people manifest the life they want.

According to Darling, all you need to do to make your day a happier one is follow four easy steps every morning:

  1. State what you’re grateful for — and try to be specific
  2. Talk about what you want to happen that day as if it’s already happened
  3. State your future desires as if they’ve already happened — think long-term
  4. Share your intentions with someone who is going to be excited about your goals and encouraging

Hear more from Darling here.

Tech Trends

Apple is going all in on their original TV venture, as the company recently inked a deal with icon Oprah Winfrey to produce content for the streaming platform.

The company already has partnerships with big names such as Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steven Spielberg, but bringing in the big O puts Apple into a new class.

There are few details known about what type of content Winfrey will be involved in creating — no word on if she’ll be featured as a star or host of any potential shows — but experts and those watching can expect to see whatever content comes of all of these projects by spring 2019.

Find out more (or as much as is knowable) here.

Marketing Trends

Mastercard CMO Raja Rajamannar knows a thing or two about making ad campaigns with lasting impact. And he’s got a beat on which way the industry is moving.

“More than 80 percent of all millennials say they want brands to stand for something that they believe in. Standing for something they believe in means doing something about it. Not just ads — but taking action. This is something millennials are demanding.”

Read more of Rajamannar’s thoughts here.

Education Trends

In New York, a new law is being put on the books that will mandate mental health education.

As part of traditional physical education or health classes, middle and high schools will now be required to educate their students about mental health. The goal is to keep students better informed about what mental health and wellness is, and provide some of the best practices for taking care of that part of your wellbeing. Lawmakers hope that by introducing this new curriculum, young people will be able to avoid pitfalls such as substance abuse and won’t be afraid to seek help if they need it.

Virginia is also joining New York in mandating mental health teaching, although their legislation is less wide-reaching than New York’s.

More about the legislation here.

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“We do not experience time flowing, or passing. What we experience are differences between our present perceptions and our present memories of past perceptions. We interpret those differences, correctly, as evidence that the universe changes with time. We also interpret them, incorrectly, as evidence that our consciousness, or the present, or something, moves through time.” ― David Deutsch

Read: The Fabric of Reality by David Deutsch

Writer Spotlights

This Is Why You Are Addicted To Your Thoughts Without Knowing It by Tony Fahkry

How to Be an Irresistible Conversationalist and Make People Laugh More by Anthony Moore

Why Historians Make the Best Innovators by Andrew James Walls

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