MSUM Student Encourages Others To Find Their Passion


It’s not something that’s found often today. In fact, a study by Deloitte states that four out of five people are not passionate about what they do.

Mark Lindquist’s goal is to turn that number on its head.

Lindquist studies theater arts at MSUM. Like many, Lindquist didn’t discover what he was passionate about until later in life. When others may sit idly at their desk jobs wishing for great adventure elsewhere, Lindquist got out there and did what he believes everyone should do – he explored his options until he found what truly makes him happy.

Lindquist joined Americorp for a year, later enlisting in the U.S. Air Force and serving for six years post-9/11. While in the Air Force, Lindquist was selected as the lead vocalist and emcee for a group that toured the world and performed for over 350,000 soldiers on active-duty. Only then did Lindquist realize what life had in store for him.

“It wasn’t until I was 30 and had that experience that I realized this is my passion,” Lindquist said of public speaking, entertainment and service to the community.

Now majoring in theater arts at MSUM, Lindquist says that he is still learning many great things from the program and faculty, even after 15 years in the business.

Discovering our passions in life first and living our lives based on that is Lindquist’s message to the world. He says that living a life full of regrets is not an option.

“What if four out of five people had passion (for what they do)?” Lindquist asked. “I think that could change the world.”

Lindquist will speak on the topic at today’s TEDx Minot event. The title of his talk is “The most uninformed decision you will ever make.” It questions whether young adults are experienced enough to make a decision that will affect the rest of their lives. Specifically, choosing a major in college.

“What if the only responsibility you had when you were 25 or 30 was to find your passion?” Lindquist asked. “It goes against what society tells you to do, but it could change the world.”

Lindquist has a motivational speaking company called Breath Is Limited.

Read more about Lindquist, his company and his outstanding accomplishments