I am forever impressed and genuinely amazed by the laundry list of stellar talent, which is consistently showcased on the Living Fearlessly with Lisa McDonald global radio and podcast show! What is most remarkable however, is that talent is not always instantaneously ingrained upon birth. Talent is often discovered, honed and unleashed when both purpose and passion are infused and ignited! Furthermore, and as Tony Robbins states, “Repetition is the mother of skills!”
My recent guest on Living Fearlessly with Lisa McDonald – spitfire, Joey Bilotta – is an exemplary example for all of the above, and much, much more! Joey has not only refined his own skills so as to master his own love for sport, (namely ‘football’ aka soccer) he has further been driven and compelled to do so as a means of deepening and broadening his reach and exposure for those who share the same passion and purpose as himself.
As a servant leader within the arena of sport, Joey has continuously paid it forward to the collective, while also endeavouring to always play a bigger game on the international stage. Athletics at the highest competitive level, unfortunately always comes with an expiry date. Rather than making a full departure from soccer just because his own days of being a professional player had come to an end…Joey, instead found an innovative way to keep the burning, yearning desire…ALIVE!
As a former competitive athlete myself, (swimming) I can certainly appreciate firsthand, and personally attest to the key elements and core components of what is required for one to consistently level up – in not only sport but within all aspects of life! Sport is truly the springboard for developing mastery in ones overall journey as all competitive athletes will pinpoint and highlight. When one discovers that they are only ever in true competition with themselves, first and foremost – the entire trajectory of the game changes. It is within this inherent level of understanding, that athletes endeavour and remain steadfast to bringing their A-Game, regardless of whether the specific sport is an individualized one or rather, team based by definition.
Long after the days of arduous training and high-level competitions have ceased to exist as part of an athletes daily regimen – the acquired lessons and skill sets do however, carry over into every other facet of an athlete’s life, for it has become an automatically ingrained pattern of habit in which to do so. Athletes understand pushing beyond all perceivable limitations. Athletes have honed the resiliency muscle. Athletes have had to calibrate and re-calibrate their mindsets on a minute by minute basis until it is attuned and aligned with their vision and their identified goals. Athletes are always committed to fast-tracking their desired results and outcomes, and are continuously re-strategizing until their desired performance does in fact come to fruition. Athletes are relentless, fearless, and do not give themselves permission to make excuses for whatever may go wrong or fall short. It is an indoctrinated belief and philosophy that personal accountability and personal ownership underscores the right and the privilege to even classify oneself as an athlete.
Joey Bilotta is very much a champion and a winner both on and off the field. Knowing how imperative it is to be coachable, and Joey having chosen to be receptive to learning and incorporating all he was taught throughout his soccer career; is what in fact catapulted him on the well-earned, and well-deserved direction of being known and recognized for being the best of the best! Well Done, Joey!
The word ‘leadership’ has now become a bit of a buzz word in today’s global culture, which in many cases, has strayed from being used properly or applied appropriately. Leadership to my way of understanding and certainly when ascribing the word to others, increasingly has less to do with talent, and everything to do with both humanity and humility. Based upon my refined interpretation and my definition of leadership – Joey Bilotta fits the bill, for he has never been one to runaway when life has stared him hard in the face. Joey rises each and every time he is afforded the gift and the opportunity to be better, to do better, and to lead better. It is one thing to lead yourself into greatness…it is quite another to lead others into theirs.
For all the ways you choose to enrich and enhance the lives of others, Joey, I say thank you! For all the ways you continue to pay it forward and are of daily service to the collective our friend, I say thank you! Your investment of time, attention, energies, and focus…has, does, and will continue to harness current and future generations of equally phenomenal leaders. What a remarkable legacy you have nurtured and cultivated, Joey! I am not only proud to call you friend, peer and colleague…I am proud to be a better version of myself because of you! You are a gift and a beacon of light to us all! Much love and gratitude to you, Joey Bilotta!
On behalf of both Joey and myself, we wish to thank you for kindly taking the time to not only read this Feature Article, or for listening to the enclosed podcast link of our dynamic interview together – we wish to also thank you in advance for reaching out to us personally and professionally with the intention to further connect. It is an honour and a privilege for both of us to be of ongoing service to you!
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WHO IS JOEY BILOTTA?!
Joey Bilotta is a tri-lingual ex-professional American soccer player who graduated from St. Mary’s College on a full soccer scholarship in 1986. Joey went immediately to Jerez, Spain to begin his professional career, and played several seasons in the American Professional Soccer League (APSL).
After retiring from pro-soccer, Joey first incorporated EDUKick, Inc., in May 2001 in his hometown of Santa Barbara, California. He recently celebrated EduKick’s 18th year in business as the leading ‘Football’ (Soccer) and Education Academy in the world. EduKick now has eight EduKick academy venues worldwide in seven different countries.
Whether as a Program Manager, teacher, counsellor, coach, academy director or administrator – Bilotta, now has over 35 years of professional experience working with young people in education and/or soccer related programs. In fact, Bilotta’s first paid soccer position, while still a Sophomore at St. Mary’s College in 1984, was with Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, California.
Both Joey and myself, wish to express our wholehearted gratitude to all of you, for kindly taking the time out of your own hectic schedules to not only read this Feature Article, and for listening to our amazing radio interview together, (located in the enclosed podcast link) but also for any follow up contact and inquiries you may wish to initiate with either Joey and/or myself! We value and appreciate any and all feedback from our friends and community here at Thrive Global!