Shift Shapers Podcast

10 Feb 2020

Ep #300: Developing a Badmuther Mindset – with Jeremiah Solven

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In this episode of the ShiftShapers Podcast, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman sits down with Jeremiah Solven, Founder of the Conquer Academy.

Today he shares his unique mindset which he honed when he was in his Ranger unit, the Badmuthers, and explains how a triangle of leadership, personal performance, and character are at the core of this mindset.

With this mindset, Jeremiah pursues his best version of himself and this is what he teaches to his students as well.

What You’ll Learn From this Episode:

  • 02:53 Jeremiah’s triangle: Leadership, personal performance & character
  • 06:10 A Badmuther mindset
  • 08:44 Tragedy and wrestling with feelings of failure
  • 13:26 Growth by taking the harder path
  • 16:18 Being a force of good & a culture of leadership


03:27 “I draw this out like a triangle. If you have the left side of the triangle is your leadership, the right side of the triangle is your personal performance, and then the bottom of the triangle is your skills and your character. What you’re trying to do in life is you’re trying to get to the top.”

06:57 “And one of the things we decided to do is, we said hey, we can’t control the outcome but what we can control is the process and the culture. And our identity as a platoon, I just said we were named after, our name was the Badmuthers. So we, as a culture, we embodied that and what a Badmuther meant was violence of action, professionalism, and grit. These are like the tenets of our culture.”

11:38 “And that was my last Ranger mission so I had to figure out what to do with that information. And I realized that night, years after wrestling with that night, that the common theme with everybody was that they embodied a Badmuther mindset. They didn’t stop moving forward. And so I felt like we lost. We actually won.”

15:10 “So how do you develop a Badmuther mindset? It’s by always choosing the harder path. So every time you get to a crossroads in life, you have an uphill option and a down. If you pick the uphill every single time, life gets easier. But the problem is that, for some reason as humans, we gravitate towards the easy path.”

18:07 “And so I couple all that into my coaching program. And I said, you know what I’m going to teach these things and my goal is just to bring more good in the world because it’s a simple goal. It’s simple but it’s not easy. And so I can tackle that for the rest of my life, chase it for the rest of my life and it’s almost like chasing perfection. It almost never happened, but the pursuit of it is intoxicating.”


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