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“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, selling 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? It’s your job to figure it out.
I am Dre Baldwin. Many know me through basketball — professional player, sometimes-trainer, video uber-publisherer. Sometimes I’m asked, “Dre, what is it that you actually do?” I’m an entrepreneur (a person who organizes or operates businesses)– author, professional speaker, marketing & branding expert, consultant, urban philosopher/motivator, model, grilled-cheese eater, and some other things. I’m from Philadelphia, PA — Mt. Airy, to be exact.. I used to sell water ice. (you don’t know what that is?!?!). I’ve been on some shows you may know of.
I’m an athlete at heart and always will be, so the gym/exercise is and will always be a mandatory time commitment. Outside of playing sports, I’m either reading, writing, selling something, or sharing with other people — through videos, writing, coaching, consulting, and face-to-face conversations — how to do one of these for themselves.
There are a lot of basketball players who may be better at the game than me, but none is a better marketer, promoter or salesperson. And no one has combined all of the aforementioned into one person as I have.
Why You Should Give A Damn:
I Created… The act of putting basketball skill workouts, drills tutorials & mental game content on the internet. I am THE YouTube Basketball Guru. Anyone you can name who also does it, came after me… 4,500+ YouTube videos… This website… “Work On Your Game”… My own lane.
I Wrote… A few books. Buy them… Every one of 4,000+ post on this site (new content daily)… My own script of success. The book on building a personal brand online for athletes — then diversifying that into much more than sports.
Playing Basketball – 1996-ish (age 14)
Believing In My Ability – 1997-98 (age 15-16)
Dunking – 1998 (age 16)
Blogging – May 2005
Pro Basketball – September 2005 (age 23)
DreAllDay.com – July 2007
Why My Story Matters:
I wasn’t born this way.
I came from being a pushed-around, laughed-at, 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” [FREE]) to kicked out of my college’s basketball program as a junior and playing intramurals as a college senior (won the championship!)… to a professional player. Along the way I have seen, done and learned a lot. I share it all through my writing, videos, professional speaking, and even direct conversations if you ever happen to run into me in person. My edge: I’ve gathered myself and come back on many occasions when it would have been perfectly reasonable to quit (and I know many more-talented-than-me people who did just that). This all being true, this site is not all underdog guts-and-glory — I hate that type of talk, for one. Listening to it is even worse than writing it. I have a high sense of self-importance, if you haven’t noticed yet, and there are no apologies offered for it (I’m actually giving a TEDxTalk on the topic soon — stay tuned). I wouldn’t be here — and neither would you — if I weren’t that way. On DreAllDay.com, I am sharing 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 (though I could not have always verbalized it). None of what I’ve done is personally overwhelming or dumb luck. I wanted all of it and I still want more, which is why I get out of bed in the morning.
2) You probably know someone who could benefit form hearing/reading what I have to share. So share it!
3) You or someone you know could benefit from doing business, collaborating 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 basketball programs here and the coaching/consulting I do.. I’ll be updating this soon, I want to help those who are up-and-coming (athlete or not) to learn how to, 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 4,000 videos to date and counting. I also talk motivation and mindset, which are really what made those 4,000 vids possible; it is a skill thing, but it’s not, at the same time. Read on and peruse the rest of this site for more insight — blog posts, the stuff I read, me discussing my own experiences, and organized lists of my videos. I even wrote my first book in December 2012 (it’s free to read the PDF). I’ve since published four more — check me out on Amazon.
When I was a senior in college I wrote out a 10-year plan of things I wanted to accomplish. That 10-year mark has passed: I’ve made some happen and I’m working on the rest (with a new list). One of my stated goals in that ten-year plan — written on a desktop computer that was soooo slow I’d leave it on overnight to fully load ESPN.com — was to have my own website that was for, by and about me. I didn’t even care of no one read it, as long as it existed. CHECK. Being a guest on the Oprah show? Not yet.
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 what was a VHS video tape and YouTube looked like a strong site that would be around for awhile. 9 years and over
3,000 4,000 videos later, here we are.
My accomplishments thus far in life I credit to 5 pivotal attributes: Self-Discpline; Boldness; Energy; Determination; and Hustle.
FAQ Answered (see the rest here): I became “good” at basketball when I began to believe I could play ball with any player in the World, on any stage. It took me a damned long time to get to where I could say that.
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 athletes what I didn’t have as a young aspiring player: Some direction and guidance as to how you can get better in basketball. 2) Show the world that you don’t need a 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. Motivation is what makes you go do something; inspiration reminds you of what’s already inside of you — then you go do something. When I was young I wrote down this list of things that inspired me: some Vince Carter dunk, a game when Micheal Jordan scored 50 points, a line DMX said in a rap 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.
It is God’s plan — my destiny — to be doing what I’m doing right now — basketball, websites, books, YouTube videos, everything else. 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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