Rockets, Are You Living on Purpose?

Are you living on purpose? If you’re a Rocket, it’s a safe bet that the answer to this question is a resounding, “Yes!”

Focused. Confident. Collected, and energizing. Rockets are natural born leaders on the team.

By definition, the Rocket is the Driven Athlete. What this means is your purpose drives every decision you make. And not only do you have a defined purpose, you are relentless in your quest to accomplish your chosen mission. By nature, Rockets square up and attack any obstacles in the way of their mission. Coaches don’t have to motivate them to compete; competition is what they’re here for. To quote author and philosopher, Ryan Holiday, “The obstacle becomes the way” for Rockets. They actually use obstacles and challenges as fuel for growth.

Sound about right? Good.

What’s super cool to understand is how you affect your team: if a Rocket’s focus and optimistic drive is harnessed and direct outwards, it can ignite a team, inspiring them to greatness. However, if not checked, a Rocket may be perceived as arrogant and turn-off those teammates that they should be inspiring.

In one of my favorite books, Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, the hero Howard Roark embodies the traits of a Rocket in a dialogue he has with quasi-colleague, Peter Keating.

Peter Keating: “Do you always have to have a purpose? Do you always have to be so damn serious? Can’t you ever do things without reason, just like everybody else? You’re so serious, so old. Everything’s important with you. Everything’s great, significant in some way, every minute, even when you keep still. Can’t you ever be comfortable—and unimportant?”

Howard Roark: “No.”

Roark’s response is courageous to many of us, but to a rocket, it is part of their very nature. They believe in everything they do and they execute it with passion, focus, and integrity.
How many times have Rockets heard “Take it easy, it’s only practice,” from less motivated teammates? (Remember Rudy? We’ve all seen the scene when Vince Vaughn, as pre-madonna running back Jaime O’Hara chastises Rudy for his relentless effort.)

Rocket’s know that greatness—and happiness for that matter—isn’t rewarded to those who “take it easy”. They won’t get along with teammates who deliberately plan on being less than they are capable of being.

Now back to The Fountainhead: Is there a better response Roarke could have used to inspire Peter Keating? Instead of “No,” could Roark have found words to inspire a fellow human to be his best self?

I believe so.

Rockets must make a conscious effort to share their confidence with their teammates or risk alienated them.

And if words don’t take, a Rocket must continue to serve their teammates by showing them the effort it takes to become a champion. They must show their teammates what is possible—and in time, the knowledge will give them the courage to achieve their own goals.

So, as always, the spotlight is back on you.

Are You living on purpose? Do you have the courage for your own greatness?

How can you give more to help your teammates actualize their potential? How can you Give More?

And if you have the time/interest, read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Regardless of what you think of her politics, you will enjoy this portrait of the struggle inherent to the process of embodying one’s greatness.

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