Don Roulo is the chief encouragement officer of Life Quest. He is a life, career and business coach as well as a Certified 48 Days Workshop Facilitator. He travels nationally and internationally to conduct business and career training as well as marriage and family workshops.
By DON ROULO
I am sure some people would not consider it fun to go watch a bunch of middle school girls play volleyball and it certainly would not be educational. This may be the case unless you are a proud parent of one of those girls and you happen to see life lessons in all that happens around you.
Well, I happen to be one of those proud parents and also try to learn from just about anything that goes on around me.
As we are about half way through the season I had some interesting thoughts other than the obvious ones related to volleyball. Four things struck me as I watched them play which can help anyone successfully reach their life, career and business goals.
Hustle. As often happens in volleyball, the ball doesn’t go where you intend it to go, so you have to pursue a loose ball in order to hit it. Whether you are on the court pursuing a loose ball or pursing your goal, make sure to go after what you want. It’s not coming to you. You have to go and get it. Whatever you want – go and get it. Go after it with everything in you. I am not talking about working 24/7 where there is no time for family, play or relaxation. What I am saying is when it’s time to work – go after it and hustle.
Spike the ball. I told my daughter when you have the right opportunity – spike the ball. I also told her it doesn’t matter if you hit the ball into the net the last time you tried, keep spiking the ball when you have a chance. When you have the opportunity to call and set a sales appointment, spike the ball – pick up the phone and call! Even if you missed the last time, keep spiking the ball.
Remember the basics. This year the girls are really emphasizing the fundamentals – passing and setting. They are experiencing some great success, but sometimes after we experience some success we can start to cut corners and take short cuts. All too often this leads to forgetting to do the fundamental things which brought us success in the beginning. Go back to the basics of what brought you success in the first place. (Glad to say the girls are sticking with the basics.)
Have fun. Winning certainly makes things more fun. I don’t believe everyone should receive the blue ribbon for participating. I do believe in keeping score to see who wins. The girls are doing extremely well so far, but more importantly they are having fun. Somehow, as we get older, we focus on working hard and winning, but we forget to have fun along the way.
I am often asked how you build a great business, family, or team. My answer is simple. Focus on building great people. Our job as leaders, or a coach, is to pull out the greatness in those around us. If we do this, having a great business, family or team will automatically happen. (By the way, the coaches are doing a great job with the girls this year.)
Who would have thought a bunch of middle school girls playing volleyball could teach us a lesson about success? Hustle. Spike the ball. Remember the basics. Have fun.
About the Author
Don Roulo is a life, career and business coach as well as a Certified 48 Days Workshop Facilitator. He travels nationally and internationally to conduct business and career training as well as marriage and family workshops.
One of his most requested workshops is called, Master’s Millionheirs, which trains and equips budding entrepreneurs to make sure they follow sound foundational principles to ensure success in life and business. He believes to achieve true success it is vital to “make a life, not just a living.”
As a business consultant, he has written business plans and worked to market products or services as well as organizing financial statements for investors. Because of his success in the sales and business arena, Don has been blessed with the opportunity to train, motivate and inspire others. His passion is to motivate and equip people to find their passion and achieve their goals and God given destiny.