“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 isn’t solely for athletes.
Work On Your Game is for you. Yes, YOU.
No mater what we do, we all have a game. Every day, you’re getting better or worse at that game. Your competition faces the same reality. Work On Your Game [#WOYG] is the mindset required of you to be the person you need to be to have the life you want, in and outside of your game.
I created Work On Your Game to help people get their minds right.
To build their Discipline to show up every day and do the necessary work to get the results you want.
To attain the Confidence to out yourself put there as boldly and authentically as you can.
To display the Mental Toughness to continue showing up, doing the work, and putting yourself out there — even when the success you planned for hasn’t yet arrived.
Now, all of that is great to have. But it’s useless without the Personal Initiative to make yourself move without circumstances or other people forcing you to move. This trait separates the doers from the talkers.
I used to play basketball professionally. After a late start in the game in my Mental Toughness. Airy (Philadelphia neighborhood), I got the wild idea that if I showed up to the playground basketball courts more often, and stayed around for longer, than the other, much-better-than-me players, I may be able to catch up.
Sounds like a basic, common sense truth, right? Well, it is now, when you can go online and find hundreds of people telling their story of doing something like that. But in 1996, there was no such proof. As a matter of fact, there was still no proof of it 10 years later in 2006.
Which is when I created it.
I published my first workout/training video in 2006 to this new video site called YouTube. It was grainy footage transferred from a VHS tape (ask your parents) of me playing in my first pro basketball exposure camp (think job fair, for athletes). By 2009, I’d began publishing new videos every single day — again, something that appears normal now.
It wasn’t then.
Neither was it normal for an athlete who didn’t quite “make it” to be able to make a name and even make money for him or herself in their sport. The athletic training/workout video genre that I created in 2006 made that possible. Working On Your Game, in and of itself, is a thing now.
I didn’t do that just out of the kindness of my heart: my career path wasn’t as smooth as you might expect from soon who really did “make it” in basketball. I started putting more time into those videos and the early versions of this very website because I wanted more power and control over my own destiny.
In basketball, I made the pros. In the process, I created a platform for all those who don’t to still be “somebody” in the game.
I am Dre Baldwin. You may have come to know me through my videos, my daily podcast, social media profiles, saw me speak somewhere, or maybe I called you cold to sell myself. My expertise is in the Mental Game; my method is via being the internet’s preeminent uber-publisher.
Sometimes I’m asked, “Dre, what exactly is it that you do?” It’s hard to explain, but I can tell you who the people who seek me out are.
- You’re not at your best yet, and you know EXACTLY why: between Mental Toughness, Confidence, Discipline and Personal Initiative, something is missing. You know what it is, and why, but you don’t know how to fix it.
- You’re an entrepreneur who knows you need to have your mental game in order before requiring the same of your staff. Higher levels of discipline and personal accountability would help a lot. You know your business will never grow any further than YOU grow as a leader.
- You want to do your own thing, work-wise. But you haven’t jumped in the pool yet, lacking confidence and not really believing your stuff is worthy of attention, let alone someone’s money. People just don’t know you exist, and you’re the reason.
- You’re an athlete, needing to improve your Mental Game. You let little things — a bad game, coach yelling at you in practice, a lack of tangible progress — get you down too often. Maybe you have ideas of becoming a pro – but you have no idea how.
Though I am from Philadelphia, PA — Mt. Airy, to be exact — I now live in Miami, Florida. I’m usually working, meaning I’m writing, recording, editing, calling, or coming up with ideas for one of these. In between work, I’m reading and listening. I wake up well before the sun daily, and still work out every day.
As with all of us, there’s more to my story, and I share it all through my writing, videos, speaking, coaching, and podcasting.
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). I share not only what happened, but what I dealt with mentally, and the HOW and WHY of coming back each time.
My intention is to help you learn how to, and be inspired to, help yourself. The physical 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 and who you’re willing to Become to get there.
When I was a senior in college I wrote out a 10-year plan of things I wanted to accomplish. At the time, I only had a hand-me-down desktop computer that was so slow I could type ESPN.com into the address bar and take a nap before the site loaded.
That 10-year mark has passed. I’ve made some happen, and I’m working on the rest (with new lists).
One of my stated goals in that ten-year plan was to have my own website that was by and about me. I didn’t even care of no one read it, as long as it existed. Check.
Be a guest on the Oprah show? Not yet.
I like to say that what a person does proves what they believe. What I’m here for:
Provide for aspiring athletes, hustlers and ambitious people the direction and guidance for how you will be who you need to be to Work On Your Game and get what you want, in ALL areas of life.
When I was 17, I wrote down a list of things that inspired me: a Vince Carter dunk; a Micheal Jordan 50-point game, DMX rap lyric.
I envision that there will be legions of successful, accomplished people, who say,
When I was coming up, this dude named DreAllDay, Dre Baldwin, inspired me, moved me, to go do something for myself. I did it, and I appreciate Dre for it.
That’s why I do this.
It is God’s plan — my destiny — to be doing what I’m doing right now.
How do I know?
Because I’m here, doing it. I will give you more for feee than you can buy from anyone else. Give me your time and attention, and I will help you Work On Your Game. Guaranteed.
What To Do Now:
- Get on my email list, and choose any or all of the four free giveaways I offer.
- Subscribe to my Free Daily Work On Your Game Podcast, which covers Mental Toughness, Confidence, Discipline and Personal Initiative.
- Bookmark my Home and Help, Blog and Videos pages, which have a ton of free content – videos, posts and podcasts – that I made for you.
- Follow me on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat to see more of my day-to-day and behind-the scenes life.
- Take a look at my Books and Courses paid resources for those of you ready to go even deeper.
- Save my Direct email address: Dre@DreAllDay.com. Reach me there anytime with any questions, comments, or challenges that I can help with. Messages to that address go straight to me, always.
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