Find A Way with Merril Hoge
Today, Erik sits down with former NFL player and author of Find a Way: Three Words That Changed My Life, Merril Hoge. Merril shares an Aristotle quote that entirely changed his way of thinking as a young man, he discusses his journey to becoming a professional football player and eventual transition to broadcasting on ESPN, and how during his battle with cancer, the phrase “find a way” became a beam of light, hope, and motivation. Learn more about Merril Hoge.
Guided by his life philosophy, “Find A Way” Merril Hoge played in the NFL for 8 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears, worked at ESPN for over 20 years, and survived improper care of head trauma, that ended his career, cancer and open-heart surgery! These successes and challenges have helped Merril inspire others to persevere in the face of adversity along with achieving success. A leading advocate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The American Heart Association and Safety in Sports, Merril is an active contributor to shaping the communications regarding head trauma in all environments. He also sits on the board of the Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain injury research, and the author of Brainwashed along with Find A Way: Three Words That Changed My Life.
5x #1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 55 countries and reached over 50 million people this past decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Qualman is also the inventor of the bestselling board game Kittycorn.
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Super U Podcast | Find A Way with Merril Hoge
“I’m working on a hospital merge because the head health, mental health, the physical and emotional trauma of mental health and head trauma is a passion. I’m passionate that I’m working on this hospital merger and we’re putting on an optimum health formula that we hope not will be just in Hedden health, but for the entire body. That’s something I’m passionate about. And on the speaking platform that I’ve been on, it’s something I’m trying to evolve and grow. I’ve never really committed to that. And that’s why I went to the boot camp. So I’ll meet great people like you, and that’s helped me evolve in that. Now leave your people with something. It’s actually what I leave when I speak, it’s what I actually just started out with it. But I ended with it too, because of the power in it.
When Aristotle said, You are what you repeatedly do, that is a powerful statement, there’s not a soul that shouldn’t be gone, that’s powerful. You are to think of that power in that you are in charge of that. Getting people to realize they’re in charge of this tool, the greatest tool known to mankind, the greatest supercomputer in the world cannot hold more information than this. This is so powerful. How you feed it, though, will matter. So think of it. It’s that simple. Feed it good things, feed it powerful things. Write things down, like I’ve been doing this since age 12. If you’ve never done it, I just encourage you to try it, find a place to start… They can be the screensaver of your phone or your computer. Write it in a powerful manner. Something you’re trying to change accomplish a circumstance you’re dealing with and write it in a powerful I will and then so forth and so on. Looking at it every day, remind yourself about it every day, then take the action required to accomplish it or deal with it. To do something, and then a Walter Payton saying that I’ve used for my entire life to it’s, “Every day.” Not just when it’s convenient for you, not when it works for you. Every day, that will be what separates you that will be what ultimately garner you peace, because you now reflect in a mirror one day and go you know what? I did my part. And wherever that leads, you have peace with that because you can’t ask for anything more. That means you can’t control somebody else what they did or chose to do to you put that away. Ignore that. Did you do your part? That’s all you’re responsible for. Wherever that takes you have peace with that.
And Danny’s talk, Aristotle talks about excellence. What is excellent? Excellence to me is when you open yourself up and you’re like I did my part. And wherever that is, that is excellent. Now you might be the greatest of all time. That’s awesome. If you fall short of that, you’re still excellent, because you did your mark. And I just tried to get people to take charge of that and give them little tools to help them work on that processing. I think helps them give them a finer focus on you know, just the perspective of life versus getting caught up in all the things that they can’t control and so ambiguous to really what gonna drive you to peace.”
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