Too many professional athletes refuse to prepare for life after sports; Brian Mitchell can help set them on the right track.
Making it into pro sports—NFL football, NBA basketball, Major League Baseball—is an incredibly difficult achievement, and one that is usually accomplished after years of sacrifice. For this reason, many athletes are inclined to think they've “got it made” once they're in the big leagues, and spend money like there's no tomorrow—or, to be more specific, like the day will never come that they have retired from the pros and have to come up with some other way of making a living.
Brian Mitchell knows this story inside and out. During his 13 years in the NFL, mostly with the Washington Redskins, Mitchell crossed paths with dozens of players who were blinded by the bright lights of pro football and assumed the good times would last forever. A career-ending injury or an unexpected cut after a bad season put these players right back where they started, only with even fewer career options than they had before.
What are some of the mistakes professional athletes tend to make? In his motivational speech, Mitchell touches on a few:
- Arrogance. You see it all the time on TV—pro athletes who should know better being disrespectful to the news media, to their fellow players, and even to the fans of their own team. A reputation for selfishness won't do much for a player once he moves on from the narrow confines of pro sports into the world at large, where his attitude will be a distinct liability.
- “Easy come, easy go.” Thanks to powerful unions, even a second- or third-string player in the NFL, Major-League Baseball or other professional sport makes more money than 95 percent of the people in America. Especially, if you come from an impoverished childhood, it's easy to spend every penny you earn while you're in the pros, leaving nothing on tap for an unexpected retirement.
- Ignorance. An athlete who is new to the pros can be forgiven for slacking off a bit and not paying attention to the details of life outside the game. By the time he's amassed two or three years of experience, though, he should be looking ahead to his professional and financial situation 10 or 20 years down the road, when he's no longer able to play.
The most important thing a professional athlete needs to learn—and a lesson that Brian Mitchell is happy to impart—is that a person's behavior on the way up will have a great bearing on the opportunities available to him on the way down. Do you have a reputation for “blowing off” fellow teammates, reporters, and even charities asking for your help? Don't expect to be treated any better once you're off the playing field for good; as the old saying goes, what goes around, comes around.
Call Brian Mitchell today at 703-434-0734 or email him at [email protected] to schedule a speaking engagement!