My college teammates always used to make fun of me.
While they were out partying, I was swinging my bat.
In the dorm common area.
Or in my room.
Or outside on a nice fall or spring night.
This was nothing new. I have always dedicated myself to mastery.
In high school, I would not only hit during lunch, I’d stay after practice to get extra swings with whatever teammate I could get to pitch to me.
In college, a teammate and I blew everyone else away with the amount of extra batting practice we took. After every practice. After games. Even on off days we’d find the time to drop the cage down and hit.
I also had a library of books and CDs about hitting. I needed to learn everything I could from the masters (my personal favorite will always be Ted Williams’s “The Science of Hitting”).
My swing was my craft and my bat was my tool…and I was consistently sharpening it. No one was going to beat me because they outworked me.
And that’s how I became a college baseball player. Despite the naysayers telling me that a kid from a small Connecticut town would never make it, I had proved them all wrong.
Things didn’t go as expected with multiple injuries and a transfer mixed in, but after a monster junior year, I was excited to finish my career off with a big final season hitting clean-up.
Then, in the blink of an eye, it was all gone. I tore my knee before senior year and my career was over just like that.
I was devastated.
Giving up playing baseball was like having a death in the family.
Something was just missing.
Dealing with the stress led to some serious weight gain. I had too many poor eating habits.
After knee surgery #3, I was up over 270 pounds. My weight was spiraling out of control. I knew something had to change.
That’s when I re-dedicated myself to my old ways. Back to what I knew how to do and being the athlete I was. I may not be playing baseball anymore, but I’m back to my playing weight.
That strict discipline has also helped me professionally as I’ve used it to achieve success in both jobs and entrepreneurial ventures.
But a significant factor behind my physical transformation was finding my purpose. A reason to get out of bed in the morning that I hadn’t had before.
While I had found success when I sold my minority share in the sports agency I co-founded in a merger with another agency, and when I was making leaderboards for affiliate marketing projects, I had found success, but not purpose or fulfillment.
It wasn’t until I started back in the baseball realm that I found that excitement again. First with mental game coaching for ball players, and then successfully launching yearly online baseball events on various subjects.
I couldn’t believe how much easier it was getting through work and each day when I knew the purpose and the goals I needed to achieve. Something that seemed impossible (a large online event with massive amounts of speakers) suddenly became so simple. Each step brought more clarity.
And I thought that would be my life’s work, until I read a book by fellow Athlete Entrepreneur Jeremy Bloom. One page changed my life and how I wanted to do business.
Bloom’s book explained how athletes were having trouble finding meaningful work after retiring from sports. Something I related to. And I realized that after dealing with it myself, I did not want to see others deal with it, too.
Now I am helping others to crack that code and find a life after sports that they are excited about waking up to everyday.
No more snooze buttons
No more drudging to dead end work
No more sick feeling in your stomach every Sunday night
It’s time to find a new purpose for this new chapter in your life.
And that’s what I want for you. I want you to know that you can make a living using your athletics background as the foundation. That you can have clients or employers begging to work with you because they resonate with obstacles you’ve encountered. I want you to know that you are capable of so much more than what your inner critic is telling you.
You are an athlete.
You reached a top percentage of your field that most people can only dream of. You have no idea what else you are truly capable of.
You will need to tell YOUR unique story, develop your brand and attract those that you want to connect with. Whether its hiring managers, potential clients, or even partners and mentors.
It will change your life.