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In his journey of overcoming numerous obstacles,
continuously adapting and improving the same basic
principles and methodologies that he started with at
12-years-old, he described the importance of filling
your mind with positive thoughts to zero in on your
goals and take action.

"DON'T GET CAUGHT UP IN THE THINGS YOU FEAR.
BELIEVE IN THE THINGS YOU TRUST."
The former ESPN analyst exemplifies what can be accomplished by
shutting out the noise and doing the work. It's about pooling resources,
asking questions, using analytics and data and finding solutions. We must
examine what we're doing and how we're doing it and adapt and change
our mindset to always "Find A Way."
During the one-on-one session with the Emerging Leaders, Merril
engaged in a professional development discussion, diving further into his
story to help past and current Emerging Leader Award winners apply his
methodologies for success to their quickly advancing careers. This exciting
point in their lives, when they've been recognized by their companies for
making an impact already in their young careers, means that they have an
opportunity to build on their successes, especially with pointed insights
from someone who continuously works to perfect his proven model of
setting and achieving goals.
"Merril provided an extremely valuable experience for our Emerging
Leaders," said Richard Putnicki, Executive Director, RMEL. "He was not just
a keynote speaker, and these Emerging Leaders are not just award winners.
Collectively, they represent a group of individuals that have achieved success through commitment and dedication. Most importantly, our award
recipients have been recognized as having the potential to be our next
generation of leaders impacting our industry. Merril shared how he identified and accomplished his first goal and then built on that experience to
continue channeling that success throughout his life. That's a vital and
important resource for their journey ahead, as they will be required to
'find a way' through the many challenges they will face, both personally
and professionally."

than they do," Merril adopted that mindset, stopping at nothing to reach
his goals. His corkboard reminded him every day of the task ahead. He later
described his rookie year, trying to make the Pittsburgh Steelers during a time
when it was imperative to know the playbook because there was no room
for error. He had written down, drawn out and categorized each play and
covered the wall of his room with his future. He spent the six weeks before
training camp repeatedly running through all of his plays. He specifically
made sure the plays were the last thing on his mind at night, spending a
solid hour and a half running through them right before bed. It worked.
Writing things down also factors into his communication strategies
because he says listening is a critical component of successful communication. When he started Your Call Football (YCF) with Mike Sherman, he'd been
head coach for 15 years for ages 8-18, but he had never been a professional
head coach. Even with all of his knowledge about football, he knew that
coaching and running an organization were going to take an entirely new
set of skills. By listening to those people who already had the experience, he
was able to collect their knowledge in volumes of notebooks, once again
gathering the tools that allowed him to "find a way" to succeed.

"WRITE THINGS DOWN. TAKE ACTION. DO YOUR PART AT
EVERY PHASE."
Merril gave Emerging Leaders specific examples and details of how he
has a daily plan and works toward short-term and long-term goals with
a cork wall in his office. He touched on inspiring moments from his own
mentors, Walter Payton and Chuck Noll, and spoke about the importance of
building relationships. His discussion also included responding to adversity
and significant challenges.
"I tell people to write it down. If you've never done it, you really should
try," Merril said. "It is the most significantly powerful thing I've ever done.
It's never been a waste of time and it keeps me on target."
As a child when pursuing his NFL dream, it all began with a corkboard and
identifying his vision to become an NFL player. He idolized Walter Payton
and made it is his mission to find out how Walter trained and what made
him better than anyone else because "he wasn't the strongest or the fastest
or the biggest...he was just the best." When Walter said, "I want it more

"IT'S ON YOU TO GO BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY TO
BUILD RELATIONSHIPS."
When asked by one of the award recipients about the importance of
networking, Merril shared that heeding the advice of Chuck Noll to "build
relationships with credible people" and "find your life's work," led Merril to
his broadcasting career. It all started with Merril doing unpaid interviews
with a local Pittsburgh radio station, which led to more formal in-studio
radio interviews. As he found his niche and opportunities began to grow,
Merril also did his due diligence, researching and talking to people and
figuring out what it would take to have a successful broadcasting career.
He was hired by ESPN shortly after he retired from the NFL, where he
achieved a 21-year career.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ELECTRIC ENERGY | SUMMER 2019

RMEL Board of Directors
Former NFL Star and Cancer Survivor Merril Hoge’s “Find A Way” Journey Sparks Intention at RMEL’s Spring Conference
Austin’s Experience Instituting a 5G Wireless Program
APS’ Fossil Unit Monitoring Tool Improves Efficiency, Generates Savings
Charging a Path Towards Battery Storage
Xcel Energy’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Future
28 Steam Turbine Cycling—Operator Considerations, Best Practices and Options for Optimization
Maximize on the New Energy Paradigm at RMEL’s 116th Fall Convention
2019 Calendar of Events
Member Listings
Foundation Board of Directors
Advertiser’s Index
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ELECTRIC ENERGY | SUMMER 2019 - Former NFL Star and Cancer Survivor Merril Hoge’s “Find A Way” Journey Sparks Intention at RMEL’s Spring Conference
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