Brian Mitchell was one of those kids that dreamed from early on about being a professional athlete. He didn’t think it was going to be easy and he knew he’d have to work hard—and he did. And he succeeded.

Lots of people thought he was silly for thinking he’d make it into the NFL. Where would he be now if he’d listened to them? One of the biggest mistakes he’s seen people make in life is listening to others when they’re talking about what a person can or can’t do.

You have to believe in yourself. Don’t wait for someone else to tell you that you’re special, that you’re really good. What matters is that you believe in yourself and then do the work to show everyone else what you already knew—that you are special.

This kind of thing doesn’t end when you grow up, either. Wherever you go, you’ll find someone who is happy to tell you what you should think and believe. Don’t let them. If you allow them to tell you what to think, you’ll only be limiting yourself and hurting your relationships

Growing up in a small town in Louisiana, Brian Mitchell set his sights on becoming a professional athlete. After being drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1990, he went on to hold a 14-year career in the NFL and is second in the NFL’s all-time record books with over 23,000 combined return, rushing, and receiving yards.

Today, Mitchell has a successful career in radio and television. He also presents to groups of aspiring athletes, current pros, retired athletes, and more about goal setting, teamwork, and other keys to success. If you’d like to talk with Mitchell about a presentation for your group, email him at [email protected].

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