You put in the time. You put in the blood, sweat, and tears. And now, you are finally a professional athlete.

You’re a master at your sport, and it shows. In order to be successful as a professional athlete though, you need to also acquire skills and talents outside of your sport. You need to be able to effectively manage your life off the field as well to be successful. The following are the top 5 tips for success as a pro athlete off the field.

Be Smart about PR

Professional athletes these days are usually on social media and have large followings. This is an indicator of the changing of the times, but it also adds new challenges for you managing your career. It is almost too easy to say or post something misguided online without thinking.

You need to be aware that what you post online and what you do off the field shape your brand. One of the best ways to make money as a professional athlete is through endorsements and sponsorships. When corporations consider sponsoring you, they look at you as a brand and who you are off the field. You need to make sure that your brand is acceptable to them, so that you can get good sponsorships like all of the top pro athletes.

 Eat Healthy

As a professional athlete, your body is your business. You rely upon your body to earn income for yourself and your family. Therefore, you need to do whatever you can to ensure the health and performance of your body for as long as possible.

One of the best ways to ensure athletic longevity is to improve your diet. Tom Brady is famous for his healthy eating, and he is still playing in the NFL at age 40. You should consider improving your diet, and perhaps enlisting the help of a nutritional professional.

Get the Best Contract

As a professional athlete, you are going to sign numerous contracts. You are going to sign a contract with a team or league. You are going to sign a contract with a talent agent. You are going to sign a contract with a financial manager.

All of these contracts require a negotiation and contribution on your part. You need to prepare yourself to deal with these contracts so that you can get the best deals that you can. You may consider negotiation training to help you with your contracts.

Be Disciplined

You are a professional athlete, so you obviously know how to be disciplined. You have trained for your entire life to be the absolute best at the sport you play. To be successful as a professional athlete, you also need to have discipline in your life outside of your sport.

You need to be disciplined about how you spend your money. You need to be disciplined about doing the activities you are required to by contract. You need to be disciplined about how you spend your leisure time. Being disciplined is a vital skill to the success of a professional athlete.

Manage your Finances

Now that you are a professional athlete, you are finally being paid for what you do. It is a great feeling to be getting those paychecks. In order to be successful in life as a pro athlete, you need to manage that money that you are earning now.

As an athlete, you are making money for playing your sport. That income won’t last forever though as you inevitably get too old to continue playing. You should enlist the help of a financial manager and advisor to help you save and grow your money to last you a lifetime.

Being a professional athlete is awesome, but it also comes with a unique set of challenges for success. You need to be aware and prepared for these obstacles you will face in your career. Use these top 5 tips for success as a pro athlete to help you.

 

by: Dennis Hung