Three years ago, I woke up and decided to change my life.
I was miserable at work and uninspired with my day-to-day. I knew that the path I was traveling down wasn’t the path planned or even intended for my life. I knew that I held the map to take me away from my unhappiness, and so, on July 1, 2011 I woke up and decided to travel somewhere new. For me, at the time, that somewhere new was creating RulingSports.com.
The last three years have been a journey. A whirlwind, a trip of amazement, a host of new opportunities. To sum it up, it’s been amazing. Really, really amazing.
I started RulingSports.com with the intention of utilizing the platform it gave me to get out of the job situation I found myself in. And it did just that. About a year ago, I accepted an offer from the University of Miami to teach sports law and sports governance. As I sit on campus to write this, overlooking Lake Miami, I know that I wouldn’t be here if not for the decision I made on July 1, 2011 to start RulingSports.com.
RulingSports.com has been so critical to my career success. It was critical to my success for two important reasons: First, it allowed me to be heard and second, it allowed me to connect with others. This little website has served as a launch pad for me to make my opinions heard and relevant. The website propelled me to new grounds and better opportunities, like at The U, and with Forbes, Sportsdigita and the Huffington Post. These opportunities, in turn, led me to wonderful people. Givers, leaders, movers, shakers. The best of the best.
I tell people this a lot, but when I woke up on July 1, 2011, I had no idea what awaited me on this side of things. I was so, so, so miserable in the months leading up to that genesis. I wasn’t myself. If I knew just how life could be–and would be–here on the other side, I would’ve eased up on myself. I would’ve cut the universe some slack. I would’ve relaxed. I would’ve enjoyed. Because, I would’ve known that with patience and hard work, anything is possible.
Perhaps what I’m the most grateful for in terms of the experiences I’ve been given over the last three years, is what I’ve learned. Every day, because of my work with the University of Miami and Forbes, I am able to talk to brilliant people. From these people, I glean ideas. I learn tricks. I see success.
If there’s anything I’ve learned within the last three years, it is this: To stay relevant, one must continue to grow. When I launched RulingSports.com in 2011, all I intended it to be was a sports law blog. Sports law was my bread and butter then. Staying true to that platform was critical in the website’s infancy, because it allowed me to brand myself.
I’m grateful for that bread and butter, but it’s time for me to adapt and expand my horizons. There’s more I want to do, and there is much more to me than sports law. In the coming months, RulingSports.com is going to take on a new look, a look that is more representative of who I am and where I am at now. Sports law will still be part of the site’s focus, but it will not be its entire focus. I have so much more that I want to offer the sports world that I am finally ready to share. I hope you will travel along with me!
Three years. It went by in a blink of an eye. This has been an amazing journey. I told someone today, that there is little in life that gives me the thrill like covering a sports story. I’m at my happiest when I am walking around the concourse leading to a team’s locker room, preparing to get a story. It’s exhilarating for me. The rush it gives me is like few other things I’ve experienced in this life. When I’m on the sidelines or in the press box, life makes sense. I truly believe I was put on this Earth to be a storyteller. And I thank God that I realized this and pursued it instead of succumbing to the notion that it was a silly dream or unattainable goal.
What I would tell you, is to pursue your passion. Believe in yourself more than anybody else. Let go of the naysayers. Remove the jealous people from your life. Give something, just one thing, your all. Whether it’s love, an education or a job. Do something with the full belief that you will succeed in it. Do not take “no” for an answer. Don’t quit until you get there.
Because once you get there–which you will–it’s great. So, so great.
Thank you all for an amazing three years. Each of you has played a very special role in making this dream of mine–as crazy as it may be–come true.