Myron Rolle / Photo credit: BlackDoctor.org

Myron Rolle / Photo credit: BlackDoctor.org

As a college student, Myron Rolle never dreamed of becoming a doctor, but his talent led him to his passion. Rolle, an NFL draft pick, merged his love for football and medicine and went back to school to pursue a medical degree. In June, he’ll begin neurosurgery residency at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Amid the growing concern over football safety and concussions, Rolle wants to be an influence and talk with youth about the fundamentals of playing football so fewer injuries can occur.

Myron Rolle’s path to medicine

After Myron Rolle graduated from Florida State University, he completed a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, earning a degree in medical anthropology. In 2013, he was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the NFL draft. Rolle retired from the NFL to return to school and get a medical degree.  On May 20, Rolle graduated from Florida State University College of Medicine. In June, he’ll continue his medical education and residency at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. In an interview,  Rolle said that puts in the same work ethic in the medical field, that he put into football.

Rolle reached exceptional plateaus, but he doesn’t possess any superpowers. He’s no different than any other person. Here are four principles you can learn from him on how to succeed and win in life:

Be a team player

Being a team player extends beyond the area of athletics.  Being a team player means offering encouragement, and not pointing the finger when things don’t go well as planned.  As the saying goes, be a “we player,” not a “me player.”

Work hard

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Myron Rolle / Photo Credit: TheYoungEmpire.com

When something is your passion, you work hard and pursue it with everything you’ve got. Rolle loved football but he was a student, first. Rolle spent hours studying as a pre-med student, and graduated from Florida State in two and a half years with a grade point average of 3.75.

Be prepared for every assignment

Success happens when preparation meets opportunity. If you take time to prepare and seize the opportunity to sharpen your talent, you’ll achieve success. Successes won’t happen if you don’t put in personal effort and time. Desire plus discipline and determination determine destiny.

Ask for help

Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re weak. We all need help in some form or another to reach a goal. A mentor–a parent, coach, or teacher–can provide feedback on your skills to help you overcome obstacles so you can win in life.

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