That Guy: Yogi Roth

It’s a rare trait to find someone characteristically inspiring. Someone whose DNA allows them to be a true dreamer, go against the odds, and have a fire burning inside. Yogi Roth is certainly one of those unparalled individuals.

He describes himself as an "adventure-preneur," a person who lives life without limits. Founder of WinForever, he provides people the mental skills and traits needed to compete in life. In a nutshell, he's inspiring others to dream big and take it one step further by seeing those dreams through. Within mere minutes of talking to this guy or even glancing at his Twitter feed, it's apparent that inspiration and goodness are coursing through his veins.

If you could describe yourself in three words, what would those words be?

Dreamer, Adventure-preneur, Storyteller.

Tell us about a girl in your life who rocks.

My sister, Maya. She ranks first by birth, but also by brains. Easily the smartest of us three, she's also the most competitive, believe it or not. Whatever she does, she has to do it better (and faster) than it's ever been done before. She taught me how to hate girls, love girls, [and] get over girls. She also taught me how to write and how to stay authentic and true to myself no matter what I do. And her most lasting gift to others around her is the one that guides me day by day. Life, she said, is about teaching and that's how you change society, one mind at a time. She graduated from Ithaca [College] with an English degree, moved to Harlem, and began to teach at 21 years old. Fast-forward 10 years and she has a master's degree from New York University and a Ph.D. from Columbia while being the principal at Uncommon Charter High School in Brooklyn. But through it all she remains humble, honest, fun, and loving, while never apologizing for her desire to educate.

What are your dreams/goals/ambitions?

To live life, be curious, and compete at an uncommon level while at peace. And, if lucky, I hope to influence people in a cool way.

What are you most proud of?

My brother, Ravi. He is the strongest person I've ever known and a true hero. He lives his life without fear and is in a relentless pursuit of his dreams.

What do you find most sexy about a girl?

Well, I will admit that I find just about everything sexy about a woman, from their laugh to their soul. If I had to narrow it down (and you cannot hold me to this), I'd say that I am a huge fan of a woman who can joke with someone and embrace some humor directed at her as well, as a relationship without laughter is, well, boring. Also, I love a woman who has an opinion. Maybe its the storyteller in me, but I am attracted to someone with a POV. Finally, Im a sucker for a great smile. Always have been, always will.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Exploring, laughing, surfing, influencing, creating.

What is the number one item on your bucket list?

This may alter by the time you publish this, but would have to say to drop in and truly live in another culture for some time. While I travel, I try to really get a feel for the culture and right now, Barcelona and Rio are pulling me back for a second time for a longer duration.

Who has been the biggest male influence in your life and why?

I've been so lucky to have some amazing mentors during my career in sports and entertainment. Ranging from coaches to broadcasters all the way to writers, directors, and actors. But through it all, my dad has had the most influence on me. His principles around respect, humility, and honesty are hopefully portrayed in my moment-by-moment actions. If I can be one-third of the man, husband, father, friend, mentor, and teacher that he is to our family and those around him, then life is good.

What is the biggest risk you've ever taken and what did you learn from it?

Never really thought about it, but I guess those around me might say it was walking on at Pitt because I had a desire to play Division I football regardless of what others advised or leaving the college football coaching profession because I wanted to explore other elements of life. Not sure if I would consider either of those a risk. Ultimately, I hope to live my life without limits, thus embracing risk, which may allow me to not really concern myself with it.

What is one stereotype about men that isn't really true?

Mmm, never really thought about it. Would actually bet a lot of them are true. Maybe it's that men also seek a life partner, someone to share experiences and adventures with even though we don't say it a lot. We just have to get to that place in our life and for most of us, it takes longer than one may hope.

*Interview conducted and compiled by Lauren Rhew* 

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