Did you know…


Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of Wink Martindale? Martindale is an American disc jockey, radio personality, game show host, and television producer. With a career spanning six decades, he is best known for hosting Tic-Tac-Dough, Gambit, High Rollers, and Debt. Watch a game show today!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”

— L.M. Montgomery

The Mission: a Wonderful Newsletter.


“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
–Grace Hopper

The Story
Tania knew something was wrong. Culture creates prisons, and she was trapped inside one.

High school was a struggle, but she managed to stick it out and graduate. Afterwards, Tania felt the pressure to attend college. She was surrounded by friends and classmates who already accepted offer letters to prestigious universities.

But Tania was different. She didn’t care about going to fancy colleges. She wanted to be a writer.

Disheartened but determined — she went to her father for advice.

Tania’s father was a tough man, but he also had a softer side. He viewed the world as a place to explore.

Although her relationship with her father was strained, they managed to reconnect on a family sailing trip. Sailing was the one constant that kept the family together.

So she confided in her father that she didn’t want to go to college. Her father listened but thought she was making a mistake.

At first glance, her father had two choices. He knew Tania needed structure, guidance, and experience. He could try to pressure her into attending college. Or, he could support her.

He heard the passion in his daughter’s voice, the yearning for freedom. Her father thought about it, and knew what she wanted most… to buy a sailboat of her own.

So he presented her with a simple offer.

“I guess you can skip college… And I’ll loan you the money to buy a sailboat…”

A smile spread across the girl’s face.

“But… You have to sail it around the world,” he said.

Her eyebrows slumped, and she took a step back. Was he serious?

“And,” he said, raising a finger, “you’ll have to write about it. Turn the trip into a book.”

The thought of sailing on a small boat in the open ocean, alone, was terrifying.

After a few days of thinking about the proposition, Tania wasn’t sure what to do. But her father was adamant. It would be hard, but she could do it. He believed in her. And that belief rubbed off.

There was a chance in front of her to see the world. In a mixture of fear, elation, and confusion, she spoke before she could think.

“I’ll do it.”

Soon after, Tania and her father headed to a boat show and bought an older, 26-foot sailboat that was built to last. Her father extended her the loan, she signed it and was the new owner.

Tania named the boat Varuna after the Hindu goddess of the cosmos.

In 1984, at 18 years old, with no formal training, no crew, and no means of GPS, Tania set sail…

(Scroll to the bottom to read the rest of The Story!)
“You have to really travel to appreciate the nuanced humiliation that leads to nuanced lessons.”

Rolf Potts is an American travel writer, essayist, and author. He has written multiple books including VagabondingSouvenir, and Marco Polo Didn’t Go There. His travel writing has appeared in National Geographic TravelerOutsideSalon.comSlate.com,The Guardian, and World Hum.

In this episode of The Mission Daily, Rolf shares his thoughts on the peaks and valleys of travel and the value of souvenirs.

“Being overseas give you permission to wrestle with humility. We hold our ego close when we’re at home, because status often hinges on our projected confidence.”

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News That Matters:

→ Travels and adventures can provide mind-expanding experiences that accelerate learning and alter our lives forever. Here are the 8 things that travels teach you.

→ “The brands that will win in the next ten years are the ones who know how to talk to you through your phone.” -Leyla Seka in Mobile Changes Everything

→ Real-life experiences are important and can improve your perception of the world.Here’s how you can gain direct experience of your own.

→ Retail tycoon Yusaku Maezawa bought the first roundtrip ticket to the moon. Learn more about the billionaire turned moon tourist.

→ Longterm travel can make it difficult to remember what ‘home’ really feels like. That’s why creating a new sense of home is part of the travel process.

→ Duolingo has been an invaluable resource during our overseas trips. 🗼 🏰 🏖 Learnhow Duolingo has used AI to disrupt the language learning market.

→ Here’s what we can learn from Gwyneth Paltrow on using ‘a VIP strategy’ to build customer loyalty.

→ More time, more money, more attention… but less progress? Is science stagnant?

→ The Prophet of Envy – a review and analysis of Rene Girard’s works. 

→ From the file marked “Companies exposing your data in a way that is a little creepy but also funny,” a new entry from our friends at Spotify.

→ The Mission On Location: Interested in learning real-world growth strategies from some of the biggest names in marketing? Then check out The Growth Marketing Conference on December 11th and 12th! Save 20% on tickets using promo code TheMission20. We’ll see you there!

The Story (continued)

…Two and a half years later, in November 1987, after completing over 27,000 miles, fighting sickness, navigating the open ocean by herself, countless boat repairs, visiting strange places, and saying goodbye to her first mate Dinghy the cat…

Tania Aebi returned to New York Harbor at age 21.

She had left with no credentials.

She returned as the first American woman to circumnavigate the world solo — and the youngest person ever to do so.

Tania Aebi’s story is about shattering norms. It’s about moving out into the chaos of the world and turning it into order.

Tania Aebi isn’t a household name, but she is a successful, unique, and courageous individual.

Her story is a powerful reminder that our names don’t have to become “known.” You don’t have to do what the crowd does. All of us can become free and unique individuals by seeking out the greatest challenges we can find.

Along the way, there will always be safe paths waiting for us.

There will always be safe harbors to dock in. But we can’t remain docked in safe harbors forever.

Leave the safe harbor, but if you find yourself riding tumultuous waves or shipwrecked, revel in it. There are always gifts and lessons for those who take radical agency of their own lives.

It won’t be easy, and it will mean you’ll be painfully isolated from people who choose to remain docked in the harbor their whole life.

But do you want to be like most people?

Tania Aebi’s own words offer a powerful insight into how her voyage around the world transformed her mind.

“It happens rarely, but whenever I do read a newspaper, listen to the radio, or watch television, on a variety of topics, I find myself wondering, How? How can this happen? How can people be so gullible?

[I’m renewed with] gratitude to my father for having given me the chance to dodge full immersion in the homogenizing machine, and makes me more determined than ever to pass this gift of becoming an individual on to my own children.”

It’s scary to think about leaving the harbor. But ships that don’t leave the harbor never have interesting stories to tell.

To share his stories of adventure, explorer and traveler Rolf Potts joined us on The Mission Daily. Leave the harbor, sail out into the unknown, and come back and dock. You’ll be better for it, and so will the rest of the world. 

Riddles


It is the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space, the beginning of the end and the end of every space. What is it?

 

 

 
The answer is: The letter E

I have rivers without fish and roads without cars, I have deserts without heat and snowlands without cold, I have mountains without height and canyons without depth. What am I?

 

 

 
The answer is: A map.

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Daily Capsule | 4th Decemeber

 

Death is being disrupted! We all know of funeral management startups already. But, what if your ashes could be sent to space?

In 1998, some of astronomer Eugene Shoemaker’s ashes were crashed into the moon as part of NASA’s Lunar Prospector mission. In 2012, ashes of 320 people including actor James Doohan and astronaut Gordon Cooper were ‘sent’ to space in a private rocket. Pretty sweet, right?

Now, a San Francisco-based startup Elysium Space will be carrying samples of ashes of more than 100 people, and launching them into space in a memorial satellite. What’s more? The loved ones’ of these people will be able to track this satellite real-time on an app.

Talk about celebrating the poetry of death! Would you want your ashes in space?

 


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Walmart has reported its first quarterly earnings and it includes the financial figures of Flipkart – the Indian ecommerce major. The filings of the last three quarters’ financial statements also reveal that Walmart International segment generated slightly more revenue from ecommerce channels in the October ending quarter of FY19 than in the previous two quarters.

Not every WhatsApp forward is real and not every person sending those messages are truly informed about the news. Despite multiple cautionary bits of advice from the global messaging platform, the problem of fake news persists, provoking violent incidents every now and then. In its repeated efforts to curb this spread of rumours, the Facebook-owned company has now come up with a 3-pointer guideline to help users spot fake news.

You will be surprised to learn about the percentage of the rural population that is still unemployed or not making the optimum use of their skills. Not because they are not educated, but mostly due to a lack of confidence and fluency in English. Realising the dual opportunity here, Kolkata-based startup Krishworks is helping set-up after-school English activity centres – thus creating micro-entrepreneurs and educating children in rural West Bengal.

AI to the rescue! Data protection is integral to every company, startup and enterprise who are dealing in the digital space. But what if, despite all the measures, passwords get leaked or someone’s identity is stolen? Indian-Italian entrepreneurs Alessio Mauro and Tamaghna Basu identified this problem area and came up with neoEYED to help prevent identity frauds and more.

This IIM alumnus left a US job to return home to dairy farming The story of Ankita Kumawat is that of a woman succeeding in a man’s world. After leaving her corporate job in the US, this IIM-Kolkata alumnus, with some help from her father, started Matratva Dairy in Ajmer. And their USP is that the dairy products are made using traditional methods, and the cows are milked in the traditional way.

What are the seven landmark judgments made by the Supreme Court in 2018? Defying a host of stereotypes and norms, the Supreme Court of India passed several monumental rulings this year. Whether it is opening up the Sabarimala temple to menstruating women or scrapping Section 77 of the Aadhaar Act – here’s a look at the 7 judgements that made news in 2018.

In the second #TechByte of The 2018 Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Index that maps the progress of #DX globally, we bring to you, Mr. Mohandas Pai, a man who has been at the forefront of India’s digital transformation journey. Mohandas Pai plays many roles in his life, but is renowned for being a technology veteran and one of India’s top start-up evangelists and angel investors. Listen to his perspective on tech in this video and read more about the report here.