Entries by Rusty Lindquist

Fault Tolerance – managing shame and self-forgiveness

Background I’m a member of several psychology, neurology, and cognitive/behavioral groups on LinkedIn, where I’m able to participate in lots of great discussions. Today, I came across a study being conducted by Deryck Thake, a student researcher from the University of Leicester School of Psychology. Deryck is studying the nature of shame and self-forgiveness, and […]

Why I shaved my head, and why you should too

No I don’t mean litterally. Let me clarify, I literally DID shave my own head bald (just watch the video), but I don’t mean that you should shave your own head, unless of course you really want to. But metaphorically speaking, if there’s something you’ve been wanting to do, but have been held back for […]

Appreciation changes everything

I’m a big fan of O.C. Tanner’s philosophy around what they call the “Carrot Culture” (see here), the idea that you can help people realize their greatest potential through recognition and appreciation. On their website (here) is a quick video introduction which is worth watching. But here is the text: Each of us is born […]

Consumption is killing creation

There are vast amounts of things we consume on a daily basis. Your emails, your texts, your phone calls, TV time, the blogs you follow, the news you watch, every post on every RSS feed you’ve subscribed to, all of the friend requests, or the connection requests, or the posts on your wall, or the […]

Service Ride Control

The dashboard on my Yukon Denali XL (XL stands for extra long – to fit my 6 kids) has been displaying the message “Service Ride Control”. It’s been that way for 6 months now. Yes, I’m a bit embarrassed about how slow I’ve been to service my ride control, whatever that means. I finally took […]

Self-discipline is more important than IQ

Angela Duckworth and Martin Seligman from the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania recently released a research article titled “Self-Discipline Outdoes IQ in Predicting Academic Performance of Adolescents”. The article (here) found that “self-discipline predicted academic performance more robustly than did IQ”. Highly self-disciplined adolescents outperformed their more impulsive peers on every academic-performance […]

3 Tips for Strengthening Your Family

Not too long ago my family was gathering around the kitchen table as we got ready for dinner. I can’t remember now what exactly I had done, but I remember doing something stupid. This is not an altogether unusual experience in my home. Jokingly I exclaimed “Ah man, I’m so stupid”. Thinking this was more […]

Strengthening your family – resources

The other day I had the opportunity to speak at my church’s stake conference (a large regional meeting of latter-day saints), and have since been frequently asked about the material I covered. There are two resources I wanted to make available, the first is the downloadable pamphlet I spoke about called “Tips for Strengthening our […]

Anxiously engaged

Engagement. It’s a measure of how emotional you are about something, how much you care, how involved you are, and how active you are in its pursuit. Being engaged is crucial to being productive. An employee who is engaged will work far harder, and accomplish far more than one who is disengaged. Unfortunately, engagement at […]

An amazing story that changed a life

A couple weeks ago I had the most remarkable experience. I had the opportunity to take my family to visit Angela Johnson at her sculpting studio in American Fork, Utah. What Angela does defies description (see below). The story of how she got there, is even more amazing. Before I tell her story, here are […]

There is no secret ingredient!

Perhaps one of my favorite all time movies is the brilliant animated film, Kung Fu Panda, by DreamWorks. It’s 91 minutes of pure awesomeness. In it, the overweight, clumsy, and kung-fu-less panda bear, Po, is selected to be the chosen Dragon Warrior, who will bring peace to the Valley and defeat the dreaded tiger, Tai […]

Control vs Influence

If you’re talking about your own life, control is what matters. Self control, or self-discipline, is fundamental to your ability to succeed in anything. But if you’re talking about the life or lives of others, control is an illusion; influence is what matters. Whether it’s with your kids, your employees, your peers, or even your […]

Microcosms make you stronger

As I’ve continued writing my book, Escape Velocity, I keep thinking upon this notion of microcosms. For more on what I call “The microcosm approach to success”, see the following two posts: Making the most of microcosms (how to use microcosms to achieve large objectives) Controlled Failure (how to fail on your terms) There’s an […]

Controlled Failure

As I mention here, we should be failing on a regular basis. I want to fail. To not fail usually means I’m not pushing hard enough. Not trying new things. And there are vital lessons that we learn when we fail, and that can only be learned through failure. The road to success is paved […]

Making the most of microcosms

A microcosm is just a small version of something much larger. It’s usually very similar in the most important regards, but much simpler. Kindergarten, for instance, is a microcosm of college (the macrocosm). You couldn’t drop off a kid in college and expect them to do well. They must first survive a number of preparatory […]