What You Need to Know Today: December 10

Good afternoon, Early Risers!

Here’s what you need to know


YouTube Rewind is “the lint trap of the Internet.” YouTube just published its annual ‘Rewind’ video that recaps all of 2015’s most viral moments. Sadly, this video is supposed to reflect our culture. I watched 30 seconds of the 6-minute video and had to shut it off. None of this stuff matters. Pizza Rat, Left Shark, Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)… these videos are all fleeting. This weekend, someone reminded me of the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.Essentialism is about identifying what really matters most in life. Hint: it’s nothing viral. So instead of wasting the next 6 minutes watching YouTube’s ‘Rewind,’ read this article by Greg McKeown. There’s a great exercise at the end that will give you some altitude for what’s important. Sorry not sorry, Left Shark.

Wal-Mart launches mobile wallet. “Wal-Mart Stores Inc launched its own mobile payment service ‘Walmart Pay’ on Thursday, dealing a sharp blow to the ambitions of CurrentC, a beta-stage mobile wallet the company had been co-developing with a consortium of retailers,” says Reuters. What you need to know: Walmart Pay is free to use, works on Apple and Android devices, and allows payments with any major credit, debit, or pre-paid Wal-Mart gift cards.


The best online communities for entrepreneurs. If you want a shortcut to finding out what your target market’s biggest fears, wants, needs, and frustrations are, look no further than where they hangout online. Zapier published a list of the best online communities for entrepreneurs. Bookmark this.

One third of workers feel uncomfortable taking time off. A new survey by Deloitte found that 33 percent of American workers don’t feel comfortable taking personal time off work or vacation days. The survey’s results were amplified when they looked at millennials. As a millennial, I can tell you the pressure is real. But, I wouldn’t place all the blame on managers. The survey reported that, “Thirty-nine percent of respondents said they would feel more comfortable prioritizing personal commitments if they saw their direct managers doing likewise.” I think a lot of young ambition workers are operating under the “work now, rest later” mentality. Which is a naive way to operate. Ryan Holiday explains why here. One way to fix this problem is to have managers explain the importance — including both the physical and productivity benefits — of taking time off.

What do you think as a young worker? Do you feel comfortable taking time off? Leave a reply.


The world’s first ibuprofen patch is here. A common mistake people make after an injury is taking only 1-2 ibuprofen to treat their inflammation. For Ibuprofen to work, you need to literally follow the directions on the back of the bottle, which tell you to take 1-2 Ibuprofen every 4-6 hours, up to 6 tablets every 24 hours. For Ibuprofen to work, there must be a steady stream of the drug in your blood. That’s why taking it sporadically whenever you feel pain won’t help you. So the world’s first Ibuprofen patch that can deliver the drug steadily over a 12-hour period is really great news. Check this out.

New study finds stress does NOT kill. “Being miserable or stressed will not increase your risk of dying, according to the UK’s Million Women Study,” saysBBC. This is surprising news and you can bet the “experts” will have a go at this. Stay tuned.

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The Stories That Held You the Longest in 2015

The New York Times published a list of the 50 most compelling stories published this year. If you’re looking for some #longreads this weekend, click here.

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