Ronda Rousey illustrates three aspiring personal characteristics


If you are needing some inspiration in your job hunt, your career, or life in general, then soak up some inspiration from the best female and number one pound-for-pound female mixed martial arts (“MMA”) fighter in the world – Ronda Rousey.  Yet, aside from pure and outstanding athletic prowess and performance, Ronda owns mental expertise that you can see in her fights.  The mental part, outside the octagon, provides even more inspiration because in witnessing the mental characteristics, one can emulate the same for one’s own success.


Most, if not all, of Rousey’s fights last only seconds and end in a submission.  And, most of them are online.  Insofar as the fighting, she is highly skilled having won an Olympic medal in judo.  She also trains very hard.  Watching her bouts, it becomes apparent that she is a determined fighter.  She overwhelms her opponents in the first few seconds of the opening round.  Resolute, she meets her opponent head on and immediately consumes her foe.  She either spots an opening or lets her opponent make a mistake and she steps in, envelops her, grapples to an arm bar (with strikes and occasional knees along the way) and the fight is over.  Studying her fight films, while typically only seconds in length, the visual cues provide strikingly obvious conclusions regarding her mental mastery.




First, the ground floor in Ronda’s success is prodigious preparation, and that is an understatement.  At first, one of her trainers did not notice her in the gymnasium.  Over time, he noticed that she was the first one there in the morning and the last one to leave every single, sweat-soaked, combative, aching day.  This is inspiration one – the ability to prepare oneself in the highest levels for performance.  Competition is fierce everywhere.  Image yourself seeking new opportunity in your career.  Over preparation breeds confidence and rockets you to dominate the competition.  A deep and powerful commitment to preparation positions the front-runner.




Second, the absolute, unrestrained, and dominant determination Rousey brings to her matches wills her to victory.  Outside the octagon, she is an actress and fun loving, even playful interviewee.  But when it comes to business, watch her as she walks to the octagon and study her face as she readies to overpower her adversary.  The focused, direct, sheer determination is clearly obvious in her.  Not the slightest hint of doubt is anywhere in her vicinity.  If determination propels winning, Rousey has it in spades.  Once prepared, mental determination is power.  The grasp of this power is further impelled by resolute endurance.




And finally the third mental mastery – fortitude.  Fortitude:  “mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously” (, 2015).  The unrelenting and straightforward pursuit of the goal – leading to supremacy.  This trait is strikingly apparent in Ronda’s demeanor.  Perhaps the most important of these three traits, it is easy to recognize how a strong mental and emotional state leads to the ultimate attainment of any goal.


Master these mental qualities.  Spend more time preparing and no time procrastinating.  Focus on determination and lean out wasteful actions.  Practice fortitude and be strong, never giving up on your objective.



©  Neal Huffman 2015 all rights reserved.

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Lincoln and his people skills

People Skill

Adhering to keeping his word and a reputation for honesty, Lincoln dealt with both friend and foe with goodwill and extreme patience. Having used his great oratory and communication skill throughout his life, Abe used communication to inspire, hearten, and lead the nation. Perhaps Abe’s greatest competency as a leader was his communication skill. Abe was determined, yet cool headed. He was deliberate, yet tolerant. He melded his aspirations in an internal locus of control taking unyielding accountability for his ideals. (Gienapp, 2002)

While the war raged and generals dallied, Abraham always exemplified patience. Lincoln took an active role in the strategy of the war and become one of the true great Commanders-in-Chief. Abe had a propensity for forbearance. Both Generals McClellan and Meade had opportunities to crush General Lee of the Confederacy and put an end to the war yet failed to do so. In spite of this, Abraham was non-judgmental. Abe deliberated at great length on issues and personalities. Lincoln sought to persuade, coach, and reason with his generals. Eventually, Lincoln was not afraid to sack non-performers who failed to get on board with the aims of the nation. Abe selected a performer, General Grant, to lead the army. General Grant and Abe concluded strategy to win the war. Abraham successfully implemented a learning culture, especially with Cabinet members in his administration, and empowered vision. (Gienapp, 2002)



© Neal Huffman 2015 all rights reserved

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What does a contract manager do in-house?

     Sally Kane, the Legal Careers Guide on, recently wrote an excellent article highlighting the non-traditional career possibilities from the viewpoint of a paralegal contract manager entitled, “Contract Manager: Careers in Contracts Management”.  Sally has amassed an array of articles about the legal field on this website where readers may also subscribe to a newsletter service.  The latest articles cascade down the center of the main page.  While on the left hand side of her page, there is a browse by topic section for quickly linking to articles by subject matter area.

     Under the header “Legal Careers”, look for the “Browse Topic” sidebar, and then point to the “Legal Specialties” section which contains eight stories on paralegal practice.  Here, a reader can look at informational insights into practice areas of trademark, litigation, or personal injury with many other categories.  The website also offers tips, resources, topics about salaries, and a reader can access job-hunting information. 

     The entire site is a valuable reference tool to keep bookmarked to find fresh content.  For the paralegal contract manager chronicle, Ms. Kane explains, “This ‘day-in-the-life’ profile of a commercial contracts manager outlines the job duties, benefits, challenges of this position as well as the employment outlook and skills required to succeed”. 

     Further, as the Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious periodical Paralegal Today, Sally is publishing a companion article on the above story.  See more at the Paralegal Today website where subscription information is available along with digital editions and many other free resources.  Check your local library for print issues.  Community College of Aurora carries Paralegal Today periodicals in its Learning Resource Center for paralegal studies. 

©  Neal Huffman 2012.  All rights reserved.