The 2% way: Myron Rolle's tips for success

ABC News' Linsey Davis spoke with former NFL safety, neurosurgery resident and author Myron Rolle about his tips for success and his new book.
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-- FLIGHT TO QATAR FOR THE WORLD CUP IN NOVEMBER. >> OUR NEXT GUEST IS CERTAINLY A MAN OF MANY HAD, MANY TITLES, A CHILD OF EMIGRANTS, A FORMER NFL SAFETY, A NEUROSURGERY RESIDENT, HIS FOUNDER OF HIS OWN NONPROFIT JUST NAME A FEW. DOCTOR MYRON L, HE DETAILS HIS FORMULA FIX THE SAFE. HIS NEW BOOK ABOUT HOW PHILOSOPHY -- DOCTOR, IT IS SO IMPRESSED TO -- I'M SURE IS JUST CONTINUING TO BUILD. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US TONIGHT. >> THANK, YOU THANK YOU FOR HAVING. >> SO THE TITLE OF YOUR, ABOUT THE 2%, WAY IT'S BASICALLY A MINDSET THAT YOU SAY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL SUCCESS AS YOU WORK TOWARDS YOUR GOAL, JUST 2% OF -- ADDED TIME, EXPLAIN HOW THAT WORKS. >> ABSOLUTELY, WELL I GOT IT FROM A FRUIT. -- JUST A LITTLE BETTER, 2% OF INCREASE, 2% OF EDUCATION EVERY DAY ON THE FIELD AND I TOOK THIS MINDSET OF JUST GETTING SMALL IMPROVEMENTS TOWARDS A BETTER VERSION OF YOURSELF AND I TOOK IT TO LIFE. SO, ANYTHING I DID AND ANY VIDEO I WATCHED AND ANY PERSON I MET AND EXPERIENCE I HAD A TRIED TO HAD TO MY JOURNEY TO BE A BETTER VERSION OF MYSELF. SO, THIS 2% WAY, ESSENTIAL, IT MEANS THAT HAVING A BIG GOAL HAVING A LARGE TASK AND BREAKING IT DOWN PIECE BY PIECE AND MOVING FORWARD AND SEEING PROGRESS IN YOURSELF DAILY. >> SO, JUST GIVE US AN ACTUAL WAY TO BREAK THAT DOWN. SAY SOMEONE IS TRYING TO BE HEALTHIER. OR, SOMEONE IS TRYING TO BE A BETTER STUDENT. GIVES AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THEY WOULD MEASURE THAT 2% INCREMENT EACH DAY. >> WELL, YOU KNOW IT'S NOT SO MUCH ABOUT THE QUANTIFIABLE 2% IT'S MORE SO ABOUT THINKING -- IF YOU WANT TO BE MORE PUNCTUAL AND COMMUNICATE BETTER AND HAVING ACCOUNTABILITY TO OBJECTIVE LATE LOOK AT WHAT YOU ARE DOING BETTER DOING MORE. CROSSING OF THINGS ON YOUR. LIST RUNNING THINGS OFTEN CROSSING THE HORIZONTAL DAY. BLOCKING THINGS OUT AND THE BACKGROUND NOISE AND THE DISTRACTION STAYING FOCUSED AND DISCIPLINED. CHECKING IN ON YOUR PROGRESS AMONG THROUGH NOW. SIX MONTHS FROM NOW. A YEAR FROM NOW. SEEING THAT YOU MOVED FORWARD. >> YOU ALSO RIGHT ABOUT THE VALUES INSTILLED IN YOU BY YOUR IMMIGRANT PARENTS, THE IMPACT THAT THEY HAD ON YOUR VIEW OF SUCCESS. HOW SO? YOU, KNOW WE ARE FROM THE BAHAMAS, IT IS JUST A LIMITED RESOURCE, OUR NAME ROLLS IS ACTUALLY A SLAVE NAME. SO, A SLAVE OWNER, ALL THE SLAVES IN THE BAHAMAS TOOK HIS LAST NAME. SO, MY PARENTS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAVE THE BAHAMAS AND COME TO AMERICA WHERE THERE IS A PLACE WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF RESOURCES AN APPLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ME AND MY BROTHER TO GROW A STUDENTS AS LEADERS AS CHRISTIANS THINKERS. THEY WANTED US TO REALLY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL OF OUR OPPORTUNITIES, SO I WALKED INTO THE HOUSE EVERYDAY, HARDWIRED, IN MY MIND, THAT I WAS NOT TO BE COMPLACENT WITH SEPARATE 30. THAT I WAS GOING TO BE A GOOD STUDENT. A GOOD. LATER >> YOU CERTAINLY HAVE CARVED A UNIQUE PATH FOR YOURSELF. LEAVING YOUR SENIOR FOOTBALL SEASON IN FLORIDA STATE TO ATTEND OXFORD UNIVERSITY AS A RHODES SCHOLAR, NO LESS, MORE OF -- GO TO THE NFL, LEAD THE NFL, ATTENDING MEDICAL SCHOOL. JUST KIND OF EXPLAIN THAT DECISION-MAKING PROCESS AND THAT JOURNEY ALONG THE WAY THAT HAS TAKEN YOU FROM HERE TO THERE? >> WELL, I WAS UP FOR THE NFL DRAFT AND I ACTUALLY SAID I DID NOT WANT TO BE IN THE NFL RIGHT NOW. I WANT TO GET MY MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY MASTERS DEGREE AT OXFORD. I MYSELF IN A NEW CULTURE AND MEET PEOPLE. HOPEFULLY DEVELOP MYSELF AS A LEADER. CAME BACK TO THE MY -- ONLY PLAYED THREE YEARS IN THE NFL WITH THE TENNESSEE TITANS. BUT, IF I HAD TO MAKE THE CHOICE AGAIN I WOULD. BECAUSE PEOPLE NOW TELL ME THAT I HAVE INSPIRED THEM BY CHOOSING ACADEMICS OVER SPORTS. IT IS MEANT A LOT, WALKING INTO THE NEXT CHAPTER IN MY LIFE NOW WHERE I WILL BE PHYSICIAN AND A SURGICAL RESIDENT HELP HEAL PEOPLE AND TAKE A BRAIN TUMORS, FIX THE -- REALLY GIVE PEOPLE SECOND SHOTS LIFE. IT MEANS A, LOT CERTAINLY BLESSING, ALL OF MY JOURNEY, MY WHOLE LIFE, IT'S LED TO THIS MOMENT. I'M INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL. >> IT'S REALLY JUST SO PHENOMENAL AND OPPRESSIVE WHICH YOU ARE DOING, WHICH YOU'VE DONE, WHAT YOU WILL CONTINUE TO DO, NO DOUBT, YOU HAVE SAID THAT THIS BOOK IS WRITTEN FOR THOSE WHO MAY BE OVERWHELMED OR WITHOUT DIRECTION AND MAYBE AND NEEDED A PLACE TO START. WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO THOSE WHO MIGHT BE FEELING THAT WAY? >> WELL, YOU KNOW, ONE THING THAT I READ ABOUT IN THIS BOOK IS ABOUT ALL OF THE SOUTH DOUBT THAT I HAVE. UNCERTAINTY, FEELING A LITTLE BIT OF CRITICISM, PREJUDICE, FEELING SOCIALLY AWKWARD CERTAIN SETTINGS. YOU KNOW? WHEN YOU ARE A SMART FOOTBALL PLAYER AND YOUR TEAMMATES ARE LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN YOU CULTURALLY, MAYBE YOU MIGHT FEEL LIKE IT IS HARD TO FIT IN. FOR QUESTIONS, EVEN WITH MY WIFE AND RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGES THAT WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH. SO, I GET REALLY PERSONAL AND VERY VULNERABLE IN THIS BOOK. I WANT TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO SEE THEMSELVES THROUGH MY STORY. I HAVE HAD CHALLENGES. YOU HAVE HAD CHALLENGES. BUT, THE WAY THAT WE MITIGATE THAT PRESSURE AND THAT STRESSES BY BLOCKING OUT THE BACKGROUND NOISE, GETTING A-LIMITED BETTER CONSISTENTLY AND WINNING EACH DAY AND TAKING SMALL STEPS THAT MOVING FORWARD. SO, I HOPE THAT THIS BOOK AND RUNNING A LOT OF PEOPLE AND BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE ONES -- >> WE ARE ALL EXCITED ABOUT THE BOOK, DR., BYRON AUTHOR OF THE 2%, WAY WE'VE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US, ALL THE

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