Leveraging Your Athletic Experience: Network
One of the most underutilized assets for an athlete is their network. What do you think of when you hear the word ‘network?’ LinkedIn, Facebook, all of your friends & family?
Well, I want to take it a step further. As an athlete, I want you to think about all of the people who have ever watched you play, cheered you on, been a fan of your team, your school or city, or you as an individual. People who have written articles about you, followed your career, some of whom you might not even know! These are people who supported you during your athletic career, and I guarantee you, they would still love to support you after.
I remember when I was building my life after sports and one day I got a direct message on Facebook…from my fourth grade teacher. What! She remembered having me as a student, had kept up with my life, my journey, and reached out to see if there was anything she could do to support me. All because of sports.
There is no need to struggle with:
finding a job
mental health issues
You. Are. Valuable.
Leverage that network, because it’s there for that very reason.
Purpose is not what you do, but why you do what you do. So what is your purpose beyond sports? Comment below. We’d love to hear from you.
Darryll Stinson is a former Division I athlete, dynamic motivational speaker and Founder of Second Chance Athletes. He’s been featured on FOX, ABC, NCAA, TEDx and some of the top podcasts in the United States. After going from suicidal to successful, Darryll uses his experience to help athletes and entrepreneurs shed their past stories, and create a massive impact that aligns with their highest purpose. When he is not working, Darryll enjoys spending time with his wife and three beautiful daughters. #girldad