You were the undisputed best in the small league. Not much changed in high school. High School? There was a small race, but you were still one of the best in your state. At college you first met athletic peasants … some of you in your school and many at the conference. You worked on the road to the center of the draft package and landed on a professional team. Finally! You have dreamed of this since these little league days are home. You are among your true companions. Players know the game as fast and powerful as you are. But wait … your patented work ethics is not enough to enjoy more. You … could you? Average.
You are not, you will never be Michael Jordan … or Tom Brady … or Kobe Bryant … or Derek Jeter … or Peyton Manning … or … well, right.
You will have an average career. Average among the best in the world, but still … average. This means average statistics; average duration; average career … average money.
Again, the average is a very well-offed individual, but if we take into consideration their average career, your posthumous life seems to be very long.
So what now? You are a trusted young man who is approaching a very good career. What's next? Of course, there are many examples of professional athletes who have gone well to post-pro-life. But there are some athletes who are close to their career (Lawrence Taylor, Bernie Kosar, Scottie Pippen and Antoine Walker). Most athletes find themselves somewhere in the middle. Follow the steps below to get closer to the first group and far from the second:
1) Find your passion. We know … your chosen sport, but your body will soon deny its current role and only Keyshawn, Troy and Reggies. What else? What do you think you can do on a daily basis for the rest of your life and be happy?
2) Evaluate your skills. What are you doing well? Communicate? Consensus building? what did you learn at the university?
3) Evaluate work alternatives in light 1 and 2 … Do not exclude anything at this point.
4) Examine all options … Research, talk to people, etc.
5) Remove 75% of the options (assuming at least 6 … if 6 or less, half field)
6) Explore the remaining options as soon as possible … tell your friends what you think and ask if they see you do this … why or why not?
7) Tighten 2 or 3 options and spend time with people in the shadows in each area
8) Select the 1 to focus on and train for the rest of the seasons
This process not foolproof. But it is extremely useful as a structure that will help the potential areas and opportunities on which it focuses.
The transition from a professional athlete to virtually any other area is difficult. There is nothing to do with competitors, lifestyle, and compensation for professional sports. But with a little anticipation and a bit of work you can keep following your passion.
There was a great reason we decided to describe this topic because we believe that professional athletes are natural pools from which own traders can come from. Many athletic skills and attitudes are very good in short-term trade. Discipline, patience and aggression are needed, traders and the highest athlete's characteristics often save. In addition, the ability to perform well against well-established keys is an incredibly useful character, and one that the highest athletes are generally abundant.
This analysis applies to other professions. At some point you can notice that you will not be a doctor, lawyer or engineer you thought you were. Worse, you may find that you simply have no passion for your chosen field (provided you've ever done so). You can go back, re-evaluate and resume a new field. Some areas can either go on forever or forever, or until you get a fairly lucrative level to leave each other.
If you are on a professional athlete's approach and / or retirement or a senior lawyer's office when you come to a place where you are considering your alternative career, use this process to identify and investigate new directions. You can find new ways to happiness … or at least satisfaction.