The Mission Newsletter, 6/8/18
“We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.” — Max Depree
The Function that Produces Whatever you Want
Episode 30 of The Mission Daily
You get what you give.
It’s a well-worn phrase that’s true in just about every sense, including for your brain. In Part One of their discussion on how you work as a function, Chad and Ian discuss how the inputs you put into your brain are the key to achieving the outputs you desire. ?
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How To Join The Future And The New Economy
“The future is always arriving — every day, all around the world. Sometimes it comes in the form of a thought in the mind of a lone inventor. Other times it comes as an idea for positive change at a startup or business. No matter who we are, thoughts that could become the future flash into our mind every day. It is our duty to filter the thoughts into those we don’t want and those we do, and cling to the thoughts that can make us (and others) mission-driven. If we’re brave enough, we should seek to turn those thoughts into things. This fountainhead of imagination is always standing by to help move us towards our mission.” — Chad Grills, CEO of The Mission
News That Matters
Put on another pot of coffee. ☕
The United States Army took it upon themselves to find the exact amount of caffeine a person should consume to reach an optimal amount of alertness. The results of their recent study could have a lasting impact on how soldiers (and maybe regular citizens) view caffeine intake.
Department of Defense researcher Jaques Reifman explained in the Journal of Science Research that the Army has developed an algorithm that can successfully determine the right amount of caffeine a person needs at specific times. Using psychomotor vigilance task (PVT) tests that fed data to the algorithms, researchers found a dose of caffeine that improved alertness by 64 percent.
More about the study here.
Lyft is getting into the bike-sharing game. The car-hailing service recently reached a deal to acquire Motivate, the largest bike-sharing company in America, for $250 million.
Bike and scooter sharing is becoming more and more popular in big cities and other areas where people often find themselves with relatively short distances to cover (think 1 to 1.5 miles) that are somewhat annoying to walk and don’t make sense to hail a ride for. By acquiring Motivate, Lyft is hoping to gain a massive foothold in the market… and it doesn’t hurt that the move will help them build on their already massive $11 billion valuation.
Read more about the acquisition here.
A lot changes when you get married, including your personality.
The University of Georgia released a new study that looked at how married couples’ big five personality traits (extraversion, openness to experience, conscientiousness, agreeableness, and neuroticism) are altered in the first 18 months after the wedding.
“Results indicated significant changes in personality over time, including declines in agreeableness for husbands and for wives, declines in extraversion for husbands, declines in openness and neuroticism for wives, and increases in conscientiousness for husbands.”
Learn more here.
Pack your bags! ??
Researchers have identified 121 giant planets within habitable zones of their stars, which means their exomoons could possibly sustain life. A paper identifying these planets and their potential moons will be published in The Astrophysical Journal.
“Now that we have created a database of the known giant planets in the habitable zone of their star, observations of the best candidates for hosting potential exomoons will be made to help refine the expected exomoon properties. Our follow-up studies will help inform future telescope design so that we can detect these moons, study their properties, and look for signs of life.”
More on the paper and our possible new home, check here.
Spotify is working with managers and artists to get even more exclusive content on their music streaming platform.
The company is offering advances to managers and artists in exchange for direct licenses for artists’ music. But Spotify is not acting as a label or taking any ownership of the copyrights. Instead, the deals permit the signees to license music to other platforms and keep all revenue — often not an option with traditional labels. By offering these types of deals, Spotify is hoping to reduce costs.
“When copyright holders sign direct deals that allow digital services to play certain tunes at a discount, the services can save more money by giving those tracks more spins or better playlist placement.”
More on Spotify’s new strategy here.
The Best of What We Are Reading
We are finishing up the final chapters of The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield. ? ?
“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), ‘Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?’ chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.” ― Steven Pressfield
This is a great read for any ‘creative’ out there who needs a little tough love to overcome the always-looming shadow of procrastination. Check it out here.
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