For an outstanding athlete, there will come a time where more than one team/agent/financial advisor will be vying for their attention. The decision-making process can become muddled very easily if there is no plan, so here are some key things to keep in mind:
- Know what your goals are.
This seems so simple to some, but for many, it is something they have never sat down and thought about in a clear and concise manner. Without knowing what your goals are, it is impossible to reach them. Start big and break it down from there:
- What is your main goal for your life?
- What is your main goal for your athletic career?
- What is your main goal for how you interact with your coaches, teammates, agent, financial advisor, etc.?
- What are you looking to get out of this relationship?
- Know who you can trust.
This one can be difficult, but there are some solid signs that can indicate the trustworthiness of someone. The most trustworthy option may not be the best option for your career, but if 2 options are similar in opportunity, it is important to go with people who can be trusted.
Below are some indicators of both types of people:
|Treats/respects all people relatively the same||Mistreats certain people/people groups|
|Consistent and predictable||Variable and unpredictable|
|Has an accurate view of themselves||Has an inaccurate view of themselves|
|Will not talk negatively about people behind their back||Talks about people negatively behind their back|
|Will rarely get offended||Gets offended easily|
|Seeks the interests of others first||Seeks their own interests first|
|Will do their best to answer all of your questions thoroughly||Will try to dodge questions they don’t want to answer|
|Humble||Arrogant and condescending|
- Know what their motives are.
This will probably involve a combination of communication with them and an accurate understanding of your and their position. Don’t be afraid to ask:
- What will my role be?
- Why do you want to work with me?
- What will you be getting out of this relationship?
- Be honest and communicate openly.
This can be tough for some people, but one of the best things you can do is to be genuine and open through the process. No one likes to be blindsided with unexpected decisions; on the flip side, people appreciate and respect when someone tries their best to make the process as simple, clear, and easy as possible for everyone.
- Analyze and compare your decisions to choose the option that best fits your goals.
There was a reason for making goals earlier; they are the foundation and reason for the decision. If the option you are leaning toward doesn’t match your goals most closely, either your stated goals aren’t your real goals and you need to go back to #4, or you haven’t correctly evaluated your options.