5 Questions With Taylor Rochestie

5 Questions With Taylor Rochestie

Personal Growth Magazine Asks Thought Leaders 5 Impactful Questions…

1 – What are your most productive daily habits during this pandemic?

It’s important to begin your day with a positive intake of information. We have to listen to the internal before we let in the external. Checking in with myself and how I’m feeling before checking my phone, the weather, the stock market, the news. It’s important that I define the day before I allow the outside world to dictate the way I feel.

I make a daily habit of putting my happiness on display and living in constant thankfulness. The pandemic has been so hard on so many people, but there are always things to be thankful for, and moments to display happiness. I suggest creating lists and goals for the future.

The pandemic has limited our minds, and we must remember to remain open to the potential that each and every day brings. As it is easy to feel lonely during a crisis, it’s imperative to reach out and connect with loved ones, sending words of love and kindness, breathing positive energy into the world.

2 – What did you have to sacrifice to get to where you are today?

While it’s easy to look back and see that I have sacrificed a lot, I like to bring a new perspective and reprogram the way my mind deals with the choices I’ve made. Each decision you make, you can choose to look at what you added to your life or what was taken away. Every step of my journey is part of a beautiful process to get me where I am today. I choose to focus on all the things that basketball has brought to my life, and I’m constantly thankful for the things I have, not what I have had to give up.

3 – What’s the biggest struggle that you’ve had to overcome?

If I try to pinpoint my personal struggle, it creates a level of comparison to other people and other adversities around the world. I do my best to turn any moments of pain into a personal call for action, turning perceived weakness into strength. I feel more for the struggle I see in other people, hoping to provide the most amount of love and happiness to their world.

4 – What’s your favorite quote and why?

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. I think this message is incredible on so many levels. It’s one of my all-time favorites. I believe that each day has purpose and that there is always someone listening and watching, looking to be inspired. I hope to walk in the light and give light to people that experience darkness. I believe in the power of love, and that we are all seeking it and deserving of its warmth.

5 – How do you keep your cool under enormous pressure?

When I know who I am, I’m never stressed about what I do. I live with constant perspective and endless thankfulness. I’m focused on the things I can do and not the things I can’t. There are no failures, just lessons. Life is meant to be lived. Mistakes can and will happen. Happiness can be found in getting what you want, just as easy as it can be found in getting what you get. If you’re constantly working towards creating a better future for yourself, you’re not worried about the things in the past. I’m optimistic about life, so whatever I may be facing, something incredible might be around the next corner.


Taylor Rochestie is a professional athlete who’s traveled the world playing basketball for over 11 years. Having lived in 12 countries, immersing himself in local cultures, and learning about the diversity of life’s “truths,” he offers a unique perspective in his new book A New 20/20 Vision for the future. Using a positive filter to all that he encounters, Taylor is unwavering in optimism and powered with a purposeful voice to inspire positivity and happiness. Rochestie is also an author, speaker, husband, and father who is currently overseas playing professional basketball.

Taylor’s website is at TaylorRochestie.com