The Athlete

Basketball has always been my first passion. It was my escape from a lot of the things that were going on in my personal life. Ever since I was in the 3rd grade, I knew I wanted to be a professional athlete and had it set in my mind that I would literally do anything to achieve that dream.

Through getting cut from the varsity team in high school to having multiple injuries and transferring to a school on the opposite side of the country for my last year of college, I sacrificed and went through a lot to reach that goal. But once I reached it, I realized how much it was worth every minute of struggle.

Playing overseas was one of the best experiences of my life. Through all of the ups and downs, I learned so much about who I was as a man and how to survive in a foreign country on my own. I gave so much to the game of basketball and it is still a huge part of who I am today. This is why I aim to give back to so many other athletes.

If you want to read more about my experiences playing pro ball overseas, check out this post here → READ THIS

The Author

Writing a book was never in the plan. Hell, I never even considered myself to be good at writing much of anything until my second year playing overseas. In my first couple of weeks there, all I had was a room, a computer (without internet connection), and a lot of time. I started thinking about how I got there, some of the obstacles I went through and how blessed I was to be in a position that so many other athletes wanted to be in. Why did I get chosen? How did I make it this far? These questions made me reflect, so I began to write.

The more I wrote the more inspired I got. I never thought that I would actually be able to turn my story into a book, but as I kept progressing I saw my story as something to help others who went through or possibly will go through some of the same situations that I did. 

I believe that everyone’s story is valuable because there isn’t anyone else who has been through the same experiences as you. If you can inspire and help someone else get through the things that you’ve already been through, why wouldn’t you? I remember what it was like not having guidance or direction through basketball and other things that I had to navigate on my own. My story is to help others get through their obstacles and show them that there is light on the other side of your dream.

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The Entrepreneur 

The only ever thing I ever wanted to do besides being a professional athlete was to own my own business. I’ve always had that entrepreneurial spirit even though I didn’t know what it was called at a young age. From selling candy bars and water bottles in middle school to shirts and shoes in high school, I am a natural-born hustler.

Entrepreneurship to me is about taking a huge risk on your future for a vision only you can see. This is what I’ve done my entire life. I’ve sacrificed and believed in my vision despite other people who doubted me. To me, it is also about patience, determination, and grit, things that I have prided myself on for as long as I can remember. I believe that it takes a special type of person to become a successful entrepreneur, but I think athletes have these intangibles embedded in them. All of this is why one of my main focuses is to help more athletes transition into entrepreneurship after their playing days.  

I started my first official business when I was 21 years old and I failed in so many ways. Through those failures, I learned a lot about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and I see how much it has contributed to my success today. To see why failing at my first business was one of the best things I could have done, check out this post → READ THIS

 The Speaker

Public speaking is said to be the number one fear of most people. Most people fear being ostracized. Most people fear being talked about. Most people fear what others might think about them. And I’ve fit right in with “most people” for a long time when it comes to this. But the one thing that I’ve learned is that people are going to say and think what they want about you regardless of what you say or do, so you might as well be who you are destined to be. 

Just like writing, public speaking was never something I saw myself doing. But I learned how much I am able to impact others through words and that is what this is all about. Through my experiences, and every time I have an opportunity to speak publicly, my aim is to change at least one person’s life.  

To me, that is what speaking is all about that. Words are extremely powerful and having the ability to present and pass on my message in front of an audience is one of the most inspiring and satisfying things that I have been able to do in my life. My experiences are never for me to keep. Everything I do is about providing athletes and others with the tools that they need to be successful in whatever they want to pursue in their lives.

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