Ever heard of democracy? “All are equal and have the same value. There are no hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges.” ZZZzzzZZZ
We will speak the only thing we consider democratic: time. All inhabitants of this planet have the same 24 hours a day. African, European, Asian, low, poor, tall, rich, ugly, beautiful, EVERYONE has exactly the same 24 hours.
What most people do not realize is that money can be recovered. TIME never. TIME is scarce, money is infinite: while there is a machine printing coins and creating digits on a computer, we are not able to do the same over time.
Decisions in Youth
How many people regret the decisions they made when they were young? There are fallacies propagated about “it is never late to begin.”
You can not start your career as a professional sports player at age 50 (except for golf). If you did not destroy high school games, shined like a star in the NCAA, FORGET (in the Brazilian case, it’s basically the same scenario in ‘young categories’ of top soccer club and be elevated to professionals).
Let’s say you’ve shone like a movie star and professional clubs want you just like a girl wants a Channel bag. Well, the scenario is as follows:
Being drafted (for Brazilians: being hired by a professional team) does not mean being a winner! After sifting through life and reaching a professional team, you need to face an even more competitive environment.
Let’s take Football as an example. The scenario for a player is more or less as follows:
A) Draft by an NFL team. Signs a contract that, on average, turns into USD 1,000,000.00 per year.
B) The career of an NFL player lasts, on average, 3 years. Yes, that’s right. THREE YEARS.
C) 1,000,000.00 USD per year x 3 years = 3,000,000.00 USD. However, this bracket is the highest income tax. Nearly half will be destined for Uncle Sam’s pockets. To facilitate the account: there are 1,500,000.00 USD.
D) Lifestyle is expensive. Women, cars, houses, parties, women, parties, women, women, women… In addition it has the percentage of the salary destined to the agents, the press advisers, the personal trainers, the personal psychologists, the alimony, the expenses of the wife, the friends who live without money…
E) After 2 years of NFL ‘retirement’, it is common for the player to declare FAILURE. This happens with 78% OF THE PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS.
After the choice is made, it is difficult to start again from scratch. While you dedicated your life to the field, your competitors were developing technical skills in the professional arena, evolving skills as salespeople, as entrepreneurs, ultimately making it happen.
A) If you are young and in the age range of 15-20 and have not yet exploded for the sport, THINK GOOD. You can join the ranks of those who bet everything on a sports career and who become a pawn in the ranks of the corporate world.
B) Even if you have incredible potential, be careful. After all the sieges of sports life, the professional world can leave you with nothing in a short time. Statistics are completely against you.
C) If you are a parent who cares about your child’s future, think carefully about the route your child is taking. TIME is the most valuable asset. It can not be recovered. Some choices are for life.
D) Be rational and try to allocate time in activities that dramatically increase your chances of success and not in activities that, despite all media glamor, are more difficult than winning in a blackjack game in Vegas.