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 […]
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These three things will increase your chances of success, and you’ll learn why airplane windows are round.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
On August 5th, 1620, the Pilgrims set out for America on two ships, the Speedwell and the Mayflower. You’ve likely never heard of the Speedwell, and for good reason. She never made it. Once the 60 ton ship got out into open water, she started taking on water. Discouraged, both ships returned to dartmouth to […]
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 […]
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 […]
I’m a huge fan of bnet.com. They have some marvelous content, and I read nearly every new post of theirs. They’ve got a new post called “It’s a job interview, not a beauty pageant“, where they have some good advice on interviewing for a job. I recommend reading the full article, as well as the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, in his poem “A psalm of life” (here), wrote the following: Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, Is our destined end or way; But to act, that each tomorrow Find us farther than today. I think what he is talking about, is the pursuit of mastery. The pursuit of mastery brings purpose to […]
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 […]
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 […]
In 1831, Abraham Lincoln failed in business. In 1832, Abraham Lincoln was defeated for state legislator. In 1833, Abraham Lincoln tried a new business, and failed. In 1835, Abraham Lincoln’s fiancée died. In 1836, Abraham Lincoln had a nervous breakdown. In 1843, Abraham Lincoln ran for congress and was defeated. In 1848, Lincoln ran again, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I grew up in the midst of poverty, homelessness, little or no food, sometimes no running water, or heat, or friends, or anyone. My dad left when I was 2, and when I was 11, my mom left too.
But I discovered that people can be strong. That they can overcome. That sometimes they just need to be given a chance, or a little help.
For 39 years I’ve been preparing to publish my discoveries. Now I’m finally doing it.
Studying cognitive and behavioral psychology in college, with an executive career in engineering and business leadership, I've synthesized what I've learned into a movement called Life-Engineering, the science of success.
Drawing from fields like neuroscience, cognitive and behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, engineering, even physics, I’ve identified underlying principles that allow you to take control of your life and engineer your success.
Escape Velocity describes what is required for an object to leave the gravitational pull of the earth.
In life, you're also held captive by gravitational pulls. The pull of your past, of your self-image, your beliefs, your environment, peers, and more. Escape Velocity shows you how to escape the gravitational pulls holding you back, so you can change your life and experience the greatness you are capable of achieving.