I love Myron Rolle’s story, and I’m so excited for you to hear it this week. Sports fans will remember him as a college football star at Florida State and for his time playing in the NFL. But while he was excelling on the football field, he was also cultivating an eventual career as a neurosurgeon.
After being recruited out of high school by just about ever major college football program in the country, Rolle attended Florida State where he became a First Team Freshman All-American, the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Rookie of the Year, and eventually a Third Team All-American. He ultimate chose Florida State because it was the place that best fit his plan to not only play football, but also become a Rhodes Scholar and study neuroscience.
He was projected to be a first round draft pick after his college career was over, but that same year he was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship and the chance to study at Oxford for a year. He faced a decision — take about $9 million in a signing bonus as a first round pick and start his NFL career, or take a year away from football to follow his heart and study at Oxford on the Rhodes Scholarship.
In this conversation, he discusses how he navigated that season of life and how he ultimately decided what to do. This decision, like everything else in his life, was guided by his faith in Jesus. He also details this story in his new book, The 2% Way: How a Philosophy of Small Improvements Took Me to Oxford, the NFL, and Neurosurgery. “The 2% Way” was a mantra he learned from a college coach, and he talks about how these small improvements can lead to big things.
If you’ve ever struggled with comparison, imposter syndrome, or just a general feeling that you’re moving too slow toward your goals, this conversation is for you.
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