This Vince Lombardi Quote Can Turn Around Your Sportscasting Career

Vince Lombardi said, “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of knowledge. It is a lack of will.”

I hear excuses every day from sportscasters trying to justify why they are stuck.

  • “I don’t have time for the extra things to stand out in the job market.”
  • “I don’t have time for extra prep.”
  • “I don’t have time to self-critique.”
  • “I don’t know anyone who can review my work.”
  • “I can’t meet people because of where I live.”
  • “I can’t afford to attend that conference.”

Anyone letting excuses stop them doesn’t want success badly enough.

Remember again the words of Lombardi, “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of knowledge. It is a lack of will.”

How To Apply The Classic Personal Growth Book “Think And Grow Rich” To Your Sportscasting Career

Jim Rome once said on his radio show that his dad made him read Napoleon Hill’s classic personal growth book “Think and Grow Rich.” Rome said every dad made his kid read it.

I thought to myself, “Not every dad, because I’ve never even heard of the book!”

Still, I figured if Rome read the book and he’s doing okay, then I would read it, too.Read More

I Believe This About Sportscasting Though Others Think It’s Crazy

I’m not a good artist. If you can relate, you might think I’m crazy to believe you can learn to be a good artist.

The key is simply to look closely at what you’re drawing. Break it into grids and draw one little section at a time. Put all those little sections together into the big picture and you’ll have a decent drawing.

Speaking of crazy, I believe something about sportscasting that some think is crazy.Read More

Advice to My 30 Year Old Self

Let me tell you a little about my 30-year-old self.

For part of my career at the old XTRA Sports 690 in San Diego, I cohosted a nightly show called The XTRA Sports Hour. It was like SportsCenter on radio.

I was able to crank out creative scripts in a short time. I’d finish quickly and have an hour or more before airtime.

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What To Do When Your Season Is Over

The best coaches and trainers know that how an athlete spends their off season is vital to preparing for a successful next season. If you use the time off to binge Netflix and eat donuts, you’re going to have problems when preseason begins.

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As a broadcaster, how you spend the slowest part of your year will either motivate you to achieve bigger goals or perpetuate a cycle of stagnation.
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Ask Employers For This Instead of a Job

Molly Fletcher is one of the few women in the world of sports agents.

When she was a guest on the Brian Buffini Show podcast, she shared about her days of trying to break into the industry. She told Brian, “My goal at every meeting was to get them to like me enough and respect me enough to either help me or hire me.”

Apply that approach to your sports broadcasting career.

Ask employers for advice, not jobs.

Asking for a job puts an employer on the spot. Asking for advice puts them in the spotlight.

Don’t ask for a job. Ask for advice, and you’ll present yourself as ambitious rather than needy.

Advice from Magician and Ex-NFL Player Jon Dorenbos Will Help Your Sports Broadcasting Career

I recently read a book written by former Philadelphia Eagle turned magician, Jon Dorenbos. It’s titled Life Is Magic: My Inspiring Journey from Tragedy to Self-Discovery.

If you’re not familiar with Jon through his football career, you may have seen him on America’s Got Talent. What makes his story unique is that when Jon was about twelve years old, his father killed his mother. The book is about Jon’s lifelong journey of forgiving his father and conquering the challenges that have come with his unique life circumstances.

One of Jon’s habits will be especially beneficial to sportscasters looking to advance their careers:
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How Kobe Bryant’s Legacy Should Influence Your Sportscasting

When Kobe Bryant retired from the NBA, he was asked about his post-career plans. He replied that he wanted to write books and make documentaries.

He said he wanted to inspire through stories.

Everybody loves stories. It begins in childhood with bedtime stories, and we never really outgrow them.

There are ways you can use stories to distinguish your sportscasting.
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Why and How to Build a Good Personal Website

A sports broadcasting employer shared this story with me.

A guy arrived for a job interview wearing jeans and a polo shirt.

The outfit is a fine choice if you’re going to pick up a gallon of milk. It’s a terrible choice if you’re interviewing for a sportscasting job.

I share this story because we all have extra time on our hands until the games resume. One way to use it wisely is to build a personal website.
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