A Letter To My Younger Self: Stephen Keel

I recently was prompted to reflect on 10 things that I know to be true now, that I did not know 5 years ago. First of all, this is a great exercise that I would encourage all of our audience to do. Additionally, it got me thinking and I wondered,

What would be different in my soccer career if I knew everything I know now, when I was a youngster?

In short... A LOT! Gosh almighty, 4 years of high school soccer, 4 years of college, and 4 years as a pro, it would be CRAZY if I hadn't learned a ton. Since it doesn't do much help to reflect on where I COULD be, I got excited about the knowledge we can pass on to the next generation.

Think about this (ready for some math?). We have 39 mentors contributing to our content and our curriculum. Let's say on average, our mentors have 5 years of experience as professionals (which is probably a very conservative estimate). That is 195 YEARS of experience to pass on as professionals. It gets better! All of our mentors went to college... that is another 4 years of experiential learning which equals 156 years of growth! Another 156 years if we count high school. WOWZA! 

OVER 500 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE FROM OUR MENTORS

Combine that with oversight from Dr. Lee Hancock who has devoted his life to sports psychology and building into athletes... I KNOW we are curating some invaluable knowledge for the younger generation of players. As a pro, I have been very deliberate on learning from seasoned pros and picking their brain about 100's of different scenarios. Because of this, I am playing today. 

My encouragement to you is to take advantage of those around you who have been there. If we get to be apart of your journey, all the better because seeing growth in our clients is what makes us tick. It is why we do what we do. 

With that, here is just one of our mentor's "Letter To His Younger Self." Hope you enjoy!