I want to keep you from making the same stupid mistakes I made as a student athlete in high school and college. I have ADHD, something that I neither knew about nor understood until I was in graduate school where I studied to become a history professor. As a college professor I ask students on the first day of class: what do you want to be doing five to ten years from now? 70% of the student say they don't know but many of them took out student loans to attend college. Statistic tells us that half of the students who start college dropout and don't finish yet and the ones that don't finish still have student loans to pay back, now that is scary! What is your gift and and what's the best way to prepare to use that gift to serve others and earn a living in the process? Let's not assume that you need a college degree to use your gift to serve others and make a living. I have a PhD because it's an requirement for my chosen profession as a college history professor. So how did I do a total student athlete makeover?
I decided to work like it all depended on me, because it did and pray like it all depended on God, because it did. This work/faith strategy has been central to my makeover. It's given me the ability to bounce back from stupid mistakes. Second, I started reading like crazy using audio books because ADHD makes it challenging for me to read hard copy books (see my suggested reading list below). Third, everyone needs a good mentor and I’ve been blessed with some great ones. Finally, I started listening to Dave Ramsey's podcast and using his baby steps to financial freedom. Now I use my gifts and what I have learned to positively impact those around me. My mantra is, do the right thing, give your best effort, and care about others.
Dave Ramsey, The Total Money Makeover
Steve Harvey, Act Like a Success: Discovering Your Gifts And the Way to Life’s Riches
Bill Hybels, Simplify: 10 Practices to Unclutter Your Soul
Dan Miller, 48 Days to the Work You Love
Jon Gordon, Training Camp: A Fable About Excellence
Henry Cloud, Nine Things You Simply Must Do: To Succeed in Love and Life
Jon Acuff, Start: Punch Fear In The Face, Escape Average, Do Work That Matters
Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
Leo Babauta, Zen Habits: Handbook For Life
James Kerr, Legacy: What the All Blacks Can Teach Us About the Business of Life
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Emerson Eggerichs, Love and Respect in the Family: The Respect Parents Desire; The Love Children Need