Posted 08/13/2021 in Category 1 by DAVID CHARLTON

077 Before, During and After Professional Football

In this episode, I discuss with former professional footballer Danny Thomas, about the psychological qualities that helped him break into and maintain a career in professional football.   We also went on to talk about his debut, and we discussed the challenges of transitioning out of professional football and into the workplace.

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Key Learning Points:

  • Becoming a professional footballer and then sustaining a career are completely different things
  • For me it wasn’t just football, football, football, I always wanted to focus and apply myself correctly in other ways
  • I looked to generally challenge management, though not in a negative way.  I was never afraid to ask questions.
  • You have to deal with doing everything right, training well, sleeping well, eating properly and then sometimes not feeling right in a game and playing poorly, that’s football.
  • On retiring from professional football, you need to put forward your transferable skills and how they’re going to translate into the organisation that your hoping to move into.

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