We talk about the importance of direct experience and why you need to start living your own life, and not life as experienced through someone else’s filter.
The Mission Newsletter, 9/14/18
“Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.” — Ancient Indian Proverb
What happens when people don’t ask Q’s.
During the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, a Japanese wearables company rolled out the very first step-counter called a manpo-kei, which translates as “10,000-step meter”. Why? Because it sounded “healthy-ish”. No one stopped to ask whether 10,000 steps was the right goal or if it should be say, 9,000 steps or maybe even 11,000 steps. 54 years later, FitBit is making a killing on this 10,000 steps thingy and Americans are obsessed.
“One of the major problems with the 10,000-steps-a-day goal is that it doesn’t take into account the intensity of exercise. Getting out of breath and increasing your heart rate may well be even more important than the exact number of steps taken.”
Boston is becoming bougie.
Analytics firm NeighborhoodX got real nerdy with their data recently and broke out the price-per-square-foot of New York City’s and Boston’s most popular ‘hoods. The big takeaway: Boston is catching up, fast. In fact, Boston’s second hottest area, the Seaport District, fetches higher prices at $2,019 per square-foot than Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. (One giant asterisk — the study only examined areas with new construction. Old homes didn’t make the cut.)
Happiness is possible if you just put. the. phone. down.
Google’s UX research team conducted a pretty meaty study across several continents to find out why phones are causing human beings a colossal amount of s-t-r-e-s-s.
Reason №1: It’s addicting. One of the study participants literally equated their phone to a prison. You can’t get out.
Reason №2: There’s too much obligation to respond. It’s the new “pet.” Without the shedding.
To help people find a sense of balance, they’re piloting a new Digital Wellbeing effort complete with features to encourage greater usage awareness, and urging people to embrace JOMO, the “joy of missing out.” It’s kind of sweet.
iWheels are coming. Maybe in the winter. (Maybe not.)
A leaked patent from Apple’s super-top-secret-locked-down-vault indicates the tech company may be plotting a brand new product: A car. Analysts predict it could be tearing up the roads as soon as 2023. No word yet whether it will come with a custom emoji paint job. One can only hope.
Hulu can’t quit you.
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then Amazon should be feeling very good. Hulu is making moves to spin up their own feature films division and the docu-genre is first on the “honey-do” list. The streaming service released two original docs in August, Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap and Stephen Maing’s Crime + Punishment. Both have received two fatty thumbs up from critics with more on the way. (Movies, not thumbs. Keep up, people.)
Celebrities are teachers in disguise.
MasterClass has raised $80M in Series D funding to pay already rich celebrities even more. The company plans to introduce 11 or more new classes to online students by the end of the year.
“In the last year, MasterClass has added a writing class with Margaret Atwood, a comedy lesson from Judd Apatow and more. Co-founder and CEO David Rogier told TechCrunch this morning that he hopes to bring Elon Musk, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and J.K. Rowling on board one day.”
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Why Direct Experience Will Work For You, Revisited
Episode 102 of The Mission Daily
To celebrate 100 episodes, The Mission Daily is re-releasing our first ten-part series on accelerated learning! For those who’ve listened to us from the start, it’s a good opportunity to revisit these important tips for how to be a better you. For those who are new to TMD, this series provides a great jumping on point and education into what, exactly, accelerated learning is.
In this episode, Chad and Ian talk about the importance of direct experience and why you need to start living your own life, and not life as experienced through someone else’s filter.
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