It's June 20th, 2016. Almost half the year has gone passed. I just wanted to draft this update just to give you an idea of what is going on in my life, things I am thinking about and things I am working on.
When I was 17 years old I had applied to college and I had gotten accepted to Pace University in New York City. At the time there were two things that I was very interested in. They were computers and sports.
I had two choices for me. I could opt for a career in computers or I could opt for a career in sports. I really enjoyed sports. I even had a mentor already in the industry if I would have opted to go the sports route. However, I would have had to transfer or at the very least take my major classes at my school's upstate New York campus. Plus the pay for computer jobs fresh out of college was a lot higher than the pay for sports jobs.
So I opted for computers.
I regret that choice. I'm no longer in computers today and I'm not necessarily anywhere better off because of it. Plus I missed the huge explosion of sports journalism, reporting, etc with the proliferation of the internet. Who knows I could have been one of the talking heads on ESPN today either on television or at the very least the radio.
However, I am not because I opted for the easier choice. The career that would take less work and paid more money as oppose to the career around something I have been passionate about since I was a child.
Which brings me to this month.
It is June 2016 and I find myself with a similar choice. The New York Legislature has passed a bill regulating the fantasy sports industry and making it legal in this state. If the bill is signed by the Governor as expected, fantasy sports sites could be back up as early as July.
Once again I am faced with a choice. Do I go all in into fantasy sports? A relatively new industry. Or do I play it safe and focus on other business opportunities with more certainty?
I have been playing fantasy sports since I was 19 years old. I enjoy it. It is a huge passion of mine. However, there is absolutely some uncertainty. What if the bill is reversed at some point in the future? What if the federal government passes a law? What if an overzealous attorney general finds another way to shut it down? What if I'm just not good enough on the playing side or the business side.
All legitimate concerns.
However, I feel like I'm 19 years old again and I'm facing a similar choice.
This time though I am going to follow my passion and go the more difficult route that matches my heart.
If I fail? It won't be the first time that's for sure. However at least I would fail at doing something that I am passionate about and something that I would do for free.
However, what if I succeed?
I would achieve the freedom that I have been seeking since 2005 when I left computers to seek out an opportunity to build a business and work from home.
Earning a living playing fantasy sports, teaching others how to play fantasy sports and teaching others how to build businesses serving fantasy sports players.
Having the freedom to pursue ministry opportunities and opportunities to help others in need.
That is too much of a dream to pass up on.
So if the Governor signs this bill into law, you know what I will be doing for the second half of this year.
All out massive blitz for you football fans!
Some other things I am working on that I am really excited about...
I'm writing a book! It's going to be about struggles in life and how you can turn them into victories in life. My initial goal was to have it done by October, but with fantasy sports back plus what I am announcing at the end that is probably not going to happen now. It will get done though!
In the meantime because the book will likely not be done in October, I do want to have something available to you by then. So I am working on a Tele-Seminar that is going to be about the same topic. The Tele-Seminar will be available to you by October so keep an eye out for that! You can turn your struggles into triumphs and I want to help you in any way I can to do just that.
Finally, I currently work with a team that produces content to help Christians in the area of relationships. This year, we started a show called The Royal Court. I am happy to announce that every Wednesday night I will be hosting a one hour episode of this show! My first episode was last week Wednesday. I will be posting the episodes here on my website so you can all check them out.
So that's where I find myself right now. I look forward to continuing to add value to your lives in anyway that I can. If I can help in anyway feel free to reach out!