Say Yes: 6 Steps to Success

At 50 years old, I got laid off from my Retail Management Job at Niketown Los Angeles.  As my District Manager of ten years was delivering me the news, she said, “Roger, you’ve always been a good manager, but never a great manager.” How rude, right?!  She continued, “I know you are passionate about fitness. I think it’s time you align your passion with your vocation.”  That happened in May and by August I was at Santa Monica College pursuing a degree in Exercise Kinesiology .  Truth of the matter was, I didn’t have 4 years to get back to work, so I did what all of you did, I found AFNA.

While I was at Nike we had an all store meeting and I said to my team, “Can You Greet every customer you see in the store?  Say Yes!” and 80 people shouted YES! Back to me.  I became the Say Yes Manager at NTLA.  At SMC, I took a Sports Psychology Class and I had to do a project on Self-Talk and Motivation.  I transformed my Say Yes Attitude into a Say Yes Philosophy.  When I graduated from AFNA in 2014,  I had an opportunity to share my Say Yes Motivational Workshop at our Graduation Ceremony.   

Say Yes: 6 Steps to Success

  1. Set Goals
  2. Take Action
  3. Get Help
  4. Help Others
  5. Be Grateful
  6. Have Fun

Saying yes has brought me full circle back to AFNA.  Thank you for Saying Yes 2 AFNA.  What do you want to Say Yes to?