The Rose method
Hello to the fortunate future players/mentees of Rose Shoen,
I’m taking the time to not only write, but speak to you all who are in the process with Rose.
Straight to the point just how Rose likes it, no more nor less, she will be the person who will care for you & invest in you like no one else would. That being said I’m referring to time which is, as you know, of very high value to her. I’ll be sharing my experiences to show you what I mean by the previous statements. I started playing for Rose at age 15(I’m 24 now) until I was 17 before I headed to college. I was one out of very few who believed in us, she believed that we had potential when we didn’t see it ourselves. Things I’ve learned would have to be more mental rather than mechanical or talent wise. She believed everyone one had a shot at success with commitment, dedication, and desire to progress. From being on time, to picking us up from anywhere in the city to get you just show up & didn’t let us have the excuse to not having shoes be an issue let me tell you she’ll find or buy you some even if it was Walmart. That’s how dedicated she was to getting us to show up to practice or doing college applications, she developed accountability in our character. When it comes to training there’s no messing around with her, even if you throw up or hurt there’s always a way to treat it etc. I slowly started to learn there’s no time for excuses. I vividly remember practicing in the snow at 6am which led to a lot of mental strength doing things you didn’t necessarily want to but kicked your butt into gear. The character that was built through that process & its a process not a journey, she had everything calculated. Even though being brought up in a low income & very humble beginnings she showed us that it was our motive to work diligently & go aggressively towards what we want.
I Played two years in college at Walla Walla community college (Washington). I performed well in a college with elite coaches & players. Through the hard times in college I really would remind myself of what Rose had taught me, which was to be relentless. Due to that mentality, to be just ruthless in work ethic, I knew that mindset could trump any weaknesses. For example, I was never a great public speaker, I was the shyest kid but thanks to her I started my own business & ended up speaking in front of 2500 people eventually, scary but no excuses, just do it. From times of being depressed it just kicked in for me to compete in bodybuilding which I currently do now. I have used the hardships as a chip on my shoulder to grind harder. All thanks to Rose I have the biggest drive to do great things, so to those upcoming players, just trust & listen.
Yes you might not like her at the moment when she yells at you to keep going but when you accomplish such things you’ll reflect on her teachings.
Thank you Rose for being a role model and a person to aspire to, especially for women.