This Is How You Get 2% Better With NFL Player/Neurosurgeon Myron Rolle

Myron Rolle

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Every Monday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, interviews authors, experts, entrepreneurs, athletes, musicians, and other inspirational people about the strategies that help them think, feel, and do their best in life.

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Meet Dr. Myron Rolle

Dr. Myron Rolle is a former NFL player turned neurosurgeon. In college, he received a Rhodes Scholarship, which caused him to have to make a choice between getting drafted into the NFL or continuing his education. He opted to continue his education.

He joined the NFL later but only played football a few more years. He decided to go to medical school and he’s now working as a neurosurgery resident at Havard-Massachusetts General Hospital. 

He’s also the author of a new book called "The 2% Way." In it, he describes how striving to become two percent each day helped him achieve his goals on the athletic field, in college, and in life.

Why Dr. Rolle Is Mentally Strong

Dr. Rolle shows how striving to become just a little better each day has helped him to accomplish so many things in his life. And he generously shares his strategies with other people.

In addition to helping people with his knowledge, he’s also sharing resources. He is the founder and chairman of the Myron L. Rolle Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting global health, wellness, education, and other initiatives supporting children and families in need.

He talks about the importance of having a purpose, giving to others, and working hard to reach his greatest potential. 

What You’ll Hear on the Show

  • How Dr. Rolle first learned about the 2% way and how he started applying it to so many different areas of his life
  • How to break down a big goal into smaller action steps
  • How to acknowledge the people who support you
  • How to stay motivated when you’re tackling a tough challenge
  • Why it’s so important to keep working on yourself
  • How to find meaning and purpose in the things you do (and why that matters so much)
  • How to stop comparing yourself to other people
  • The science behind why the 2% way works so well

What You’ll Learn About Mental Health and Mental Strength

A lot of people talk about self-acceptance and how it’s important to be satisfied with who you are. Other people talk about the continuous desire to grow better. This can be a little confusing at times.

Fortunately, you can practice both self-acceptance and self-improvement at the same time. You can love yourself for who you are right now while also acknowledging that you can continue to sharpen your skills. 

Dr. Rolle’s 2% better strategies don’t mean you can’t love yourself right now. Instead, adopting his philosophy simply means you want to keep growing every single day–which might bring more meaning and purpose to your daily life. 

Quotes From Dr. Rolle

Dr. Myron Rolle

If you make those small little levels of improvement, those small wins a month from now, six months from now a year from now, you can look back and say, look how far I've come.

— Dr. Myron Rolle
  • "You don't have to be a hundred percent better tomorrow. You don't have to accomplish all of your goals tomorrow. Just take a small step every single day. Break it down piece by piece."
  • "You don't even know the people who are watching you as you move through life. As you move through work, as you move through a community, they're like, ‘man, there's something special about that young woman, something special about that young man. And, maybe if I can grab a little bit of what they have, then I can be better.’ And then it's just like a ripple effect. It continues on throughout the generations."

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By Amy Morin, LCSW
Amy Morin, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.