Douglas Battista | Self Discipline Is Key to Success

Douglas Battista is no excuses individual who believes that hard work and self-discipline are undoubtedly precursors to achievement.

As the President of North America Field Operations for Jenny Craig (a Nestlé Company), Douglas Battista knows a thing or two about success. Growing up in an Italian-American family in working-class western Pennsylvania, Douglas Battista was taught at an early age that working hard and treating others with respect were simple things he could do to pave the way to long-term success. Here, Battista presents a list of Italian- Americans who found success by overcoming their personal obstacles.

Jim Valvano

Jim Valvano was a college basketball coach, most notably for North Carolina State, which he led to victory in the 1983 NCAA Championship series. He is revered as one of the most inspirational voices in sports history, says Douglas Battista. He was diagnosed with bone cancer ten months prior to his death but did not allow this disease to damper his spirits. Douglas Battista remarks that “Jimmy V’s” acceptance speech at the 1993 Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Awards Banquet is regarded one of the greatest sports speeches in American sports history. Jim Valvano was a true role model who stood strong in the face of adversity and has received numerous post-mortem honors, including an induction into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Continue reading