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The Mission Newsletter, 5/16/18

The Habit Loop

“All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits — practical, emotional, and intellectual — systematically organized for our weal or woe, and bearing us irresistibly toward our destiny, whatever the latter may be.” –William James

The Mission Daily: Episode 12

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Habits… How are they powerful? How are they dangerous?

Intuitively, we know that your habits are the only things standing between you and everything you want in life. But in practice, doing the work necessary to upgrade your habits isn’t easy. In fact, it might be one of the most difficult battles you’ll ever fight.

The Power of Habit is one of the most important primers and science-backed starting points for upgrading your habits.

We’ve found four principles to help effectively build and upgrade habits. Tune in to today’s episode where we’ll cover all four and how to apply them!

Listen to Episode 12: Four ways to build and Upgrade Your Habits

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From the Archives

The Fourth Principle of Accelerated Learning: Entrepreneurship

In Episode 4 of The Mission Daily, we talked about (ethically) creating value and making more money.

We discussed:

  • Doing more with less
  • Moving resources from low yield to high yield
  • Not being afraid to be paid for the value you create
  • The 3 tips that will make you a better entrepreneur

Listen to the episode now!

News That Matters

Health

If you want to fight the common cold, you’ve got to stop letting it find a way to beat you.

Scientists have said that the key to finally finding a cure for the common cold is to create a drug that viruses can’t become resistant to. That means protecting enzymes so that viruses can’t use them to replicate and infect your system. And they might have had a breakthrough:

“A team of researchers based around the UK report how they looked at molecules that interact with a human enzyme that attaches a type of fatty acid molecule on to proteins. While two of these molecules on their own had little effect on the enzyme, the team found that when they were chemically stitched together they became remarkably potent in preventing the enzyme from working as normal.

Solari said that is important, since the virus uses the enzyme to assemble the protein coat which surrounds the genetic material of the virus.”

Read more about this new chemical compound.

Wealth

Although Amazon banned paid-for reviews years ago, the company is still struggling with fraudulent reviewers — people who earn money or gift cards from product-sellers in exchange for leaving positive reviews on the retail site.

“Amazon’s ban didn’t stop sellers from recruiting reviewers. It only drove the practice underground. Reviewers are no longer simply incentivized with free stuff — they’re commissioned specifically for a five-star rating in exchange for cash…”

Read: Inside The Ecosystem That Fuels Amazon’s Fake Review Problem

Wisdom

If you’ve been using “Best,” as your email closer, it might be time to make a change.

Software firm Boomerang did a massive research study into email best practices and among their findings were the best ways to start and end your emails. Turns out a simple “Hey” is the most effective introduction, and the best way to end your email is with “Thanks in advance”.

Check it out:

Most Effective Email Closings
Most Effective Email Openings

Tech Trends

Your smart devices are hearing things you can’t…

“A group of students from University of California, Berkeley, and Georgetown University showed in 2016 that they could hide commands in white noise played over loudspeakers and through YouTube videos to get smart devices to turn on airplane mode or open a website.”

Research also shows that hidden messages, unhearable to the human ear, can be inserted in any number of audio tracks including music. Learn how it works.

Currently, there are no laws against the broadcasting of subliminal messaging… ? ?

Marketing Trends

If you’re a marketing whiz looking for a new gig, maybe catch a ride with Lyft.

The ride-sharing company is searching for a Senior Manager of Enterprise Growth Marketing who will be designing and executing new ways for the company to reach and retain customers.

Take a look at the job posting here. ? ?

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The Call To Adventure — A Jordan Peterson Lofi Hip Hop Mix

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Our favorite intellectuals’ interviews played over relaxing hip hop tunes… what more could we ask for? ?

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Writer Spotlights

3 Shifts In Thinking That Changed My Life Forever by Alex Edson

The State Revenue Source That People Aren’t Talking About by Alex Von Mach

On Asymmetric Systems by Arda Sahiner

A Mental Toolbox For The Future of Work by Arianne Flemming

When You’re Struggling to Make a Decision, Ask Yourself This Question by Brent Stoller

The Lonely World of a Startup Founder by Brendan Barbato

Over*ies The Hill: Having a baby after 40. by Heather Smith

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