“Your best work is your expression of yourself. You may not be the greatest at it, but when you do it, you’re the only expert in it.” – Frank Gehry
Work On Your Game.
This statement isn’t only for a basketball player looking to improve. Work On Your Game is for you — yes, you. We all have a game — whether it be trading stock options, playing keyboards, street pharmaceuticals, writing books, running marathons, or winning court cases. Every day in your game, you either get better or get worse. Your peers face the same challenge. That statement up there is the foundation of the answer to any situation you face in your game. The rest? You’ll figure it out.
I am Dre Baldwin. Most people know me through basketball — player, trainer, video-maker, author. I’m an athlete, so naturally I play my sport and go to gyms a lot. Outside of that, I do a lot of reading; some writing; spend much time on the Internet; and some other stuff that you may or may not be aware of.
Why You Should Give A Damn:
I Created… The act of putting basketball skill workouts, drills & tutorials on the internet. Anyone you can name came after me… This website… “Work On Your Game”… My own lane.
I Wrote… A few books. Buy them… Every post on this site (new written stuff daily since January 1, 2014)… My own script of success.
Why My Story Matters: I came from being a nerdy, Steve Urkel-like elementary school student to averaging 2ppg on the varsity basketball team as a high school senior (read about that in “Buy A Game“) to kicked out of my college’s basketball program as a junior… to a professional. Along the way I have seen, done and learned a lot. I share it all through my writing, speaking (video and public) conversations if you ever run into me. I steer back on many occasions when it would have been perfectly reasonable to quit. This all being true, this site is not all underdog guts-and-glory. I hate listening to that shit even more than I’d hate writing it. I share with you 100% of me, and dammit, that’s more than enough reason for you to care.
Why You Should Know Me: 1) Because my name and presence is a brand — just the way I always planned it. 2) You probably know someone who could benefit form hearing/reading what I have to share. 3) You or someone you know could benefit from doing business or sharing ideas with me. Reach out to me.
This website is all me, as you can tell. Along with what you see on YouTube and the programs here, I want to help those who are up-and-coming (athlete or not) to learn how, and be inspired to help themselves — the resources you have or don’t have is not the determining factor in how far you can go. The determining factor is how far you want to go. On YouTube you’ll see what a basketball player practices, how he practices it, and how much — over 3,000 videos to date and counting. Many of you got to this website from YouTube, so you have some idea of what goes on over there. Read on and peruse the rest of this site for more insight — blog posts, my discussing my own experiences, and organized lists of my videos. I even wrote my first book in December 2012 (free).
When I was a senior in college I wrote out a 10-year plan of things I wanted to accomplish. Almost to the 10-year mark, I’ve made some happen; I’m working on the rest. One of my goals in that ten-year plan was to have my own website — what with a desktop computer back then that was soooo slow I’d leave it on overnight sometimes to fully load ESPN.com.
My first YouTube upload was the actual highlight package I used to sign with my first agent, who in turn landed me my first professional contract in 2005. I uploaded it to YouTube — simply because I wanted to safe keep that video and YouTube looked like a strong site that would be around for awhile. 6 years and over 3000 videos later, here we are.
My accomplishments thus far in life I credit to 5 pivotal attributes: Boldness; Energy; A Strong Team; Determination; and Hustle.
I can play ball with any player in the World, on any stage. It had taken me a damned long time to get to where I can say that, and now I’m saying it. If you ever meet me and ask me, I’ll tell you the same.
I heard someone say that what you do proves what you believe. I Believe there are 3 things I do through this site and affiliated sites I was put on this planet to do 1) Provide for young aspiring players what I didn’t have as a young aspiring player: some direction and guidance as to how you can get better; 2) Show the world that you don’t need bevy of resources to become great at this game or any other game. You only need 2 things: 1 — To know what work is required of you; 2 — Desire & commitment to doing the work; 3) To inspire and be inspired. When I was young I wrote down this list of things that inspired me: some Vince Carter dunk, a game when Micheal Jordan scored 50pts in some game, a line DMX said in a song, etc. I always look for things that inspire me — people, places, music, ideas — and I envison, one day, there will be legions of very successful, accomplished poeple, in any field of life, that will say,
‘When I was coming up, this dude named DreAllDay, Dre Baldwin, inspired me, moved me, to go do sumthin. And I did something, and I appreciate that man.’
That’s why I do this. I could be like most players and just work out, play my games, and you wouldn’t know me from the next man or woman. It is God’s plan — my destiny — to be doing what I’m doing right now — basketball, websites, YouTube videos — how do I know? Cuz I’m here doing it. Otherwise, this would be someone else’s website, or maybe still a void out there.
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