Let's face it. I hate to be Mr. Gloom, but our children will not become professional soccer players. Is there a chance? Yes, but according to the NCAA, it hovers around 2%. Collegiate sports are not looking that good either ;o( So why do I even bother with travel sports; and the money and time commitment that comes with it? For me, it boils down to one word.
Right now, my son is passionate about soccer and wants to be the best player he can be. Even when he is not at practice, he is always kicking a soccer ball around our small apartment, watching soccer Youtube videos and mimicking the latest moves of his favorite players. If that is not enough, after practices, I literally have to drag him off the pitch.
You know what; I will continue to support him, as long as he shows that level of passion for the game. While I enjoy soccer, frankly I am much more passionate about building a better future for myself and my family regardless of their interests. Once our soccer time commitment ramped up, I knew that I had to find a way to merge both of our passions. That is how Sporty Slaps was born!
INVALUABLE LIFE LESSONS
My boys have watched every step of this venture take off. My oldest son has even given me some great marketing tips. After all, it's kinda hard to get inside the mind of your typical 7-year-old. The creation of Sporty Slaps has introduced important concepts to him such as globalization, money, trade etc. Each day, even my 4-year-old comes home with a different idea for the business; which is when I introduce the concept of RISK! Regardless of what happens with the business, this has been a great experience for them and something that we will cherish forever.
Starting a side hustle is not for everyone, but I do encourage you to always keep an eye out for opportunities to make extra money while doing something that you enjoy.
For tips, check out the Side Hustle School podcast. The stories shared on this show really inspire me.
Also, visit Torrance Harvey Enterprises. From our late night conversations in the dorms of Morehouse College's Robert Hall to now, Torrance is a multitalented brother who has always been an inspiration to me and everyone he encounters.
Finally, you can find inspiration is the most unusual places. Listen to Rick Ross discuss his motivation for starting his own business ventures.