An Oversized Football Boot And The $3,094,780 Sale
From a young age, all I wanted to be was a professional football (soccer) player. I was good. I trained hard and was focused on playing professionally from about 7 years old.
School and learning was not top of my agenda. I didn’t need it, I was going to be a professional player raking in the big bucks. Sure, I turned up to classes, but I wasn’t really there if you know what I mean. I left school and took a part-time job to pay the bills in a sports store, which gave me more chance to train with my club and prepare for a life of riches.
Then an opportunity arose, all my hard work was looking to pay off. I’d broken into the first team at my club at 17, and I’d been offered trials with 2 English Premier League and 1 Championship team. My bags were packed and ready to go as soon as my local season ended.
From a Professional Football Player to No Career At All !
Two weeks before the end of the season, we were playing an away game and the worst thing you could imagine happened… I turned awkwardly, and I fell to the ground in agony.
In a split second, everything I had worked for since I was 7 years old was gone in that moment. I’d broken my left ankle AND fractured my right ankle…at the same time.
I tried to rehabilitate, but I wasn’t the same again. There were aborted comebacks, but I just wasn’t anywhere near the same player I was before the incident. I needed a new career at 20, and I needed it fast. That’s how I got into sales.
After almost 15 years of being a sales guy, I decided to open my own business…