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Doug Lindsay


Transformational thought leader on how to make unlikely things happen.

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Praise for Doug Lindsay...

  • “Must-watch-talk -- I am RIVETED. What a talented scientist and storyteller!”

    Susannah Fox, Former CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Doug Lindsay: Speech Topics


① THE ART OF IMPOSSIBLE | ② HOW TO MEASURE YOUR BEST | ③ OPTISMISM & PESSIMISM ARE BOTH TRAPS | ④ BET ON HOPE | ⑤ LESSONS FROM LEADING MODELS…

① The Art of Impossible, the Science of Unknown


Doug Lindsay got sick at 21 and spent the next 11 years homebound and bed bound until he developed the surgery that doctors used to fix him. For years doctors couldn’t tell him what was wrong or what would help. But things changed when, from his hospital bed in his living room, Doug tackled his problem like a scientist. He figured out what was wrong, developed novel treatments to keep his condition at bay, and eventually developed the surgery that fixed him. In “The Art of Impossible, the Science of Unknown” Doug Lindsay takes you through the toughest emotional moments and the thorniest scientific obstacles that threatened his life and stood between him and regaining his health. This talk is an experience! Full of astounding moments and unforgettable wisdom. Few people have spent over a decade bed bound, developed their own surgery, developed new uses for five existing prescription drugs, regained their life… and can tell you what it took to do all of that with wit, humor, energy, and charm. Doug can.

② How to measure whether you’re doing your best?


Doug was homebound and bed bound for 11 years. For four of those years, Doug knew he needed a surgery. Every day he asked himself two questions: You need a surgery; why aren’t you calling the surgeons? And if you’re not calling them, how can you say you’re truly doing your best? The answer to the first question was that he was developing the surgery he needed because it didn’t exist. Doug’s answer to the second question was a boom of wisdom for anyone tackling big challenges. Doug developed a tool that lets anyone measure whether they’re truly doing their best. In this talk, he’ll share it with you.

③ Optimism and pessimism are both traps. Here’s what’s not.


In your daily life, it’s probably fine to be an optimist or a pessimist, but not when you face big problems. When you face big problems, both optimism and pessimism are traps. So, what’s left? Doug shows you how hope, science, and faith work together to build a resilient mindset that facilitates success and gratitude, and that lets you tackle your biggest challenges.

④ Bet on Hope – the arrogance of defeatism and the role of hope in problem solving, innovation, and life.


Doug will show you why it is arrogant to be defeatist when you encounter problems. Then, from there, he’ll reveal the role that hope plays in problem solving, innovation, and life. Hope doesn’t change the facts; it doesn’t change the odds of something happening; but it can change you assessment of situations – and that can change everything!

⑤ Lessons from leading models, doctors, & the world’s smallest horse.


How do you lead your betters? Doug worked with some of the world’s top doctors, scientists, and academics, so he’ll explain. And what can you learn from Doug’s experience leading first-time actors, people who had to grow into their roles? And, lastly, what is the one thing that enables a leader to lead up the ladder and down… all the way down to 17 inches tall, like Thumbelina, the World’s Smallest Horse and one of the stars of Doug’s movie RUFF CASES? In this entertaining talk, Doug explains.

Doug Lindsay: Bio



      
After 11 years homebound and bed bound, Doug Lindsay bet his life on the operating table to get the surgery he developed to fix his own rare condition. Medical consensus was that the surgery wouldn’t work – that it wasn’t even possible. But it did work, and it took Doug from wheelchair to walking. In all, Doug Lindsay worked with 35 senior faculty at 28 different institutions and developed new uses for five existing prescription drugs.

So, how did Doug do all of this while confined to a hospital bed in his living room?

“That’s what I talk about now. I use my story as a tool to train leaders in the skills it takes to make unlikely things happen. I speak about the role of hope and character in innovation, problem solving, and life.”

Just as he has from the TEDx stage, at Stanford Medicine X, and to clients across the nation, Doug explains the mindset it takes to lead and innovate in even the most challenging environments. He’s a proven expert in assembling and leading diverse, talented, and mission-focused interdisciplinary teams.

Once he got better, Doug wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the movie RUFF CASES, a full-length feature comedy. In RUFF CASES Doug’s character Max Spikeman, “The Dog Attorney,” becomes internationally famous when he represents a socialite whose dog bit someone. Doug used the same techniques and mindset to lead models, actors, and the world’s smallest horse as he did to lead some of the world’s top doctors and scientists. Doug’s speeches leaves audiences inspired, entertained, and with lessons they can live out daily.

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DOUG LINDSAY


Transformational thought leader on how to make unlikely things happen.

SPEECH TOPICS

① The Art of Impossible, the Science of Unknown

Doug Lindsay got sick at 21 and spent the next 11 years homebound and bed bound until he developed the surgery that doctors used to fix him. For years doctors couldn’t tell him what was wrong or what would help. But things changed when, from his hospital bed in his living room, Doug tackled his problem like a scientist. He figured out what was wrong, developed novel treatments to keep his condition at bay, and eventually developed the surgery that fixed him. In “The Art of Impossible, the Science of Unknown” Doug Lindsay takes you through the toughest emotional moments and the thorniest scientific obstacles that threatened his life and stood between him and regaining his health. This talk is an experience! Full of astounding moments and unforgettable wisdom. Few people have spent over a decade bed bound, developed their own surgery, developed new uses for five existing prescription drugs, regained their life… and can tell you what it took to do all of that with wit, humor, energy, and charm. Doug can.
② How to measure whether you’re doing your best?


Doug was homebound and bed bound for 11 years. For four of those years, Doug knew he needed a surgery. Every day he asked himself two questions: You need a surgery; why aren’t you calling the surgeons? And if you’re not calling them, how can you say you’re truly doing your best? The answer to the first question was that he was developing the surgery he needed because it didn’t exist. Doug’s answer to the second question was a boom of wisdom for anyone tackling big challenges. Doug developed a tool that lets anyone measure whether they’re truly doing their best. In this talk, he’ll share it with you.
③ Optimism and pessimism are both traps. Here’s what’s not.


In your daily life, it’s probably fine to be an optimist or a pessimist, but not when you face big problems. When you face big problems, both optimism and pessimism are traps. So, what’s left? Doug shows you how hope, science, and faith work together to build a resilient mindset that facilitates success and gratitude, and that lets you tackle your biggest challenges.
④ Bet on Hope – the arrogance of defeatism and the role of hope in problem solving, innovation, and life.


Doug will show you why it is arrogant to be defeatist when you encounter problems. Then, from there, he’ll reveal the role that hope plays in problem solving, innovation, and life. Hope doesn’t change the facts; it doesn’t change the odds of something happening; but it can change you assessment of situations – and that can change everything!

⑤ Lessons from leading models, doctors, & the world’s smallest horse.


How do you lead your betters? Doug worked with some of the world’s top doctors, scientists, and academics, so he’ll explain. And what can you learn from Doug’s experience leading first-time actors, people who had to grow into their roles? And, lastly, what is the one thing that enables a leader to lead up the ladder and down… all the way down to 17 inches tall, like Thumbelina, the World’s Smallest Horse and one of the stars of Doug’s movie RUFF CASES? In this entertaining talk, Doug explains.


BIO


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After 11 years homebound and bed bound, Doug Lindsay bet his life on the operating table to get the surgery he developed to fix his own rare condition. Medical consensus was that the surgery wouldn’t work – that it wasn’t even possible. But it did work, and it took Doug from wheelchair to walking. In all, Doug Lindsay worked with 35 senior faculty at 28 different institutions and developed new uses for five existing prescription drugs.

So, how did Doug do all of this while confined to a hospital bed in his living room?

“That’s what I talk about now. I use my story as a tool to train leaders in the skills it takes to make unlikely things happen. I speak about the role of hope and character in innovation, problem solving, and life.”

Just as he has from the TEDx stage, at Stanford Medicine X, and to clients across the nation, Doug explains the mindset it takes to lead and innovate in even the most challenging environments. He’s a proven expert in assembling and leading diverse, talented, and mission-focused interdisciplinary teams.

Once he got better, Doug wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the movie RUFF CASES, a full-length feature comedy. In RUFF CASES Doug’s character Max Spikeman, “The Dog Attorney,” becomes internationally famous when he represents a socialite whose dog bit someone. Doug used the same techniques and mindset to lead models, actors, and the world’s smallest horse as he did to lead some of the world’s top doctors and scientists. Doug’s speeches leaves audiences inspired, entertained, and with lessons they can live out daily.

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