Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Amateur or Pro? - Be a Professional

If you’re a pro, you’re operating as a pro. You have to graduate from amateur to pro. You have a choice: Amateur or Pro. Decide which it’s going to be for you.

Pros are playing for big bucks, aren’t they? I don’t care what field, pros make the big bucks. If you want to make the big bucks, you’ve got to live like a pro. The tendency is you want to live like a pro but play like an amateur. Pro is the big bucks. Are you ready to go to the Pros? And how much is the big bucks?

Alex Rodriguez – A-Rod – gave up $29 million a year to negotiate for what he could get. He wanted $40 million for 10 years. He wanted $400 million over 10 years. He gave up $70 million by not signing with the Yankees with the lock they had in there. The Texas Rangers had to pay the difference.

Think about it – $40 million a year. Forty million dollars a year for 10 years. Playing baseball. Can you get that? Playing baseball.

Three teams talked to him. Boston, LA and the Giants. Then he came back to the Yankees for $275 million over the next ten seasons.

What do you think? I mean the guy is great at hitting the ball. He’s great at catching the ball. Forty million dollars a year. This is nuts. And how much money are you making a year?

Who are you being in the world? Amateur or Pro? As a pro, I need to keep practicing. It’s not that pros don’t keep practicing. Pros practice. A-Rod practices. You see him out there practicing all the time.

What are you going to practice? Practice shifting into an intention. Practice being your intention. Practice being the vision you have for your life. The key is the vision piece to begin with. It’s the reason to play the game. If not, go be an amateur.

You’ve been playing the game as amateurs. It’s time to be pros. You need to be professional. Are you going to be a pro in life, or an amateur?

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