The Missing “C”

Most pianist understand the importance of “Middle C” in orienting themselves as they begin to play. In leadership “middle C” represents compassion – both the ability and the desire to feel for and with those you are called to lead.

New Years’ Resolutions – Goals or Gales?

As you set goals, especially those tied to very “narrow” constraints, be careful that you don’t substitute one level of uncertainty and frustration for something far more “pressuring” and unpredictable. Read on if you’ve ever set a goal but struggled to reach it.

Where does this piece go?

We are all trying to “puzzle” our way through life. As you piece together your identity, consider the people, communities, and values that impact you.

Have you Discovered the Swan Within?

You’ve likely heard the children’s story about the ugly duckling. What difference does a change in perspective make? Read on to find out how you can relate to his experience.

Let Your Light Shine

You’re on a journey… not just to discover the light shining within you, but to let it out and let it shine. That moment when you discover who you really are and why you’re really here—your ultimate, individual “why”—and then align your life so that you’re living it… it’s absolutely glorious. To you and to everybody else.

Discover the light within

You are capable of greatness. In fact, it is already within you. You just need to discover it, and then work to bring your life into alignment so that your life’s mission and your life become one and the same. That’s when you’ll shine. That’s when you’ll experience full joy and fulfillment, when you’re actions align to your purpose. We can help.

TEDx Talk: Reaching your personal escape velocity

We must make a fundamental change to how we view ourselves—not as the product of our past, but for the potential of our future. Watch Rusty Lindquist use his personal story to introduce a foundational aspect of Escape Velocity at TEDx.

Who I am makes a difference

The inspiring story of how a young man was saved by a simple expression of how important he was, in this touching story of “Who I Am Makes a Difference.”

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

CONTROLLED FAILURE articles 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 that can only be learned through failure. The road to success […]

Shaun White, and the real story of his success

Shaun White and the real story of his success What on earth is the Double McTwist 1260? It’s where you flip diagonally two times in the air, and simultaneously spin for three and a half rotations. It’s a crazy, high-risk, highly complicated, and totally unbelievable move. Shaun White invented it and showed it to the […]

There is beauty all around

THERE IS BEAUTY ALL AROUND articles Early this morning I was on the way to the gym, when I suddenly turned the corner and stopped dead in my tracks. There had been a light fog and the sun had just broken through, casting beams of light that streamed down onto the neighborhood. I quickly pulled […]

Seashells and opportunities

Seashells and opportunities Last week I was in Los Angeles, California. My kids had made me promise to bring home some seashells, so at the end of the week I made it to the beach and began my search. I was soon dissatisfied with the meager offering of common, broken, picked-over shells available on the […]

The blessed nature of simplicity

The blessed nature of simplicity Life seems to have become focused on how much more you can take on. How much more you can do. How much more you can acquire. But all too often, we mistake complexity for progress. Whereas complexity merely spreads us thin, dilutes our efforts, and leaves us nowhere further than […]

Stop trying to be someone you’re not

Stop trying to be someone you’re not I stumbled on some images on worth1000.com that dramatically (and entertainingly) illustrate an important point:  the fact that we’re constantly being pulled to be someone we’re not. Forces all around us make us think that we should be different, that we should change who we are, that we’re […]