I started playing basketball “late” at age 14. As I had not shown the potential for greatness at a young age, I was passed over for AAU travel teams, college scholarships, and personal instruction from local coaches who could've helped my development.
I made my high school varsity basketball team, FINALLY, for the first time as a senior — then sat the bench that whole season.
I walked on to play NCAA Division 3 college basketball (where I started as a freshman -- go figure), but still, most D3 athletes go pro in something other than sports.
My chances at a basketball career were slim to none.
Yet in 2005, just 5 years after sitting on that high school team bench, I was in Kaunas, Lithuania signing my first professional basketball contract at age 23.
I went to a pro basketball exposure camp (picture a job fair, but only for athletes -- and our resume is to play our sport to showcase our skills in front of pro team scouts and managers) and played well there.
I obtained the footage from that camp... on a VHS tape.
This started a parallel career for me that neither I nor anyone else knew existed in 2005.
By 2008-2010, I had already played pro balls in 5 countries and had several video posted online.
But I had two problems:
1. I was without a playing contract at the time.
2. All these free YouTube videos weren't making me any money.
At that point, I asked myself the two most important questions I've ever asked myself.
The answer to the first question made me a "personal brand" before we were even using that phrase.
The second question's answer led to my first products (sold online at $4.99 apiece), which put me in business.
I'm still at it.
The answers started me talking about what I call the Mental Game -- specifically, the Discipline, Confidence, Mental Toughness & Personal Initiative that is the foundation of what I do today.
The topic: how these Mental Game tools apply to your Business, Sport and your Life.
- From: Philadelphia, PA [UPTOWN!]
- I've done 4 TEDxTalks (see them here)
- Countries I've been to playing Basketball: Lithuania, Mexico, Germany, Croatia, Slovakia, UK, Montenegro, USA
- Finished the Miami Marathon twice [2017 & 2019]
- Vegan* [*unless a good Philly Cheesesteak is available]
- Food: Bananas
- Meal: Spaghetti w Meatballs/Italian Sausage [they make vegan meats nowadays]
- Snack: Caramel popcorn
- Drink: Water & Rita's Water Ice [it's a Philly thing]. Nothing between.
- Candy: Twizzlers & Skittles [though I've sworn off candy -- for now]
Dre, The life I decided to create when we talked is coming into being every day.
I am so incredibly grateful. You're the best. Thank you for changing my course by pushing me and challenging me. I honestly don't think I could have heard it from anyone but you at that point.
I was a really good basketball player physical but mentally I wasn't there... I went from good to unstoppable. Dre just doesn't cover Confidence. He covers Confidence, discipline, Visioning Success, dealing with negativity, mindset mistakes and much, much more! I have recommended Dre to anyone who wants to be serious in basketball or anything in life. Thank you again and Work On Your Game!
The positive gains from the experience overall have been lasting and are evident in my day to day life. A big take away was being reminded of how much control each of us have in maximizing our quality of life each day. There won’t ever be a need to repeat this process ever again. If you could benefit from learning how to be more organized, more confident, or whatever...heck we all can be better at something! Contact Dre ASAP and make good on your plans to improve if you are really serious about it. His methods are sound and his approach is both polished and professional.
I would sometimes let [lack of] self-confidence get in my way... Dre helped me get my mind right and become the person who I wanted to be. I highly recomend Dre for anyone who wants to to get on the path of getting your mind right and achieving the things that you really want to do.
Work On Your Game!
Commit to showing up day after day to do the work.
Put yourself "out there" -- boldly and authentically.
Remain Disciplined and Confident through setbacks.
Work On Your Game: The Book
Use The Pro Athlete Mindset To Dominate Your Game In Business, Sports, and Life
Whether you’re just starting out in business or looking to take your career to the next level, Work On Your Game provides the strategy you need to succeed from the inside-out. Dre Baldwin, or “DreAllDay,” as his fans know him, delivers an easy-to-understand four-part model for achieving any goal. It’s based on discipline, confidence, mental toughness, and personal initiative―and it’s proven effective.
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