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An Advisers Life – So you didn’t get drafted. What now?

The drafts are over. A few hundred players were taken in the USHL, NCDC and NAHL draft. That’s it. Just a few hundred in the entire world were drafted.

Think about that for a second. A few hundred players out of a few hundred thousand that were eligible to be drafted. It is like winning the lottery if you actually get drafted.

And now, you figured out that all the team pre draft camps, were just a waste of time and money. I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. Magic beans on aisle six are sold out, but there should be more available the same time next year.

Now, you are scrambling. Trying to figure out what to do next because you really never had a plan on what would happen even if you got drafted. You were so focused on getting drafted, you forgot the most important things needing to be done.

HTM clients didn’t forget though. Every single HTM client had a tender, main camp commitment, or signed a contract before yesterdays draft. Not one of them had to attend a camp to make those things happen, and not one of them wasted time, money and energy on getting in line to buy lottery tickets.

In fact, every HTM client saved a whole lot of time and money, while staying at home and training, getting bigger faster and stronger. Putting themselves in a position to have the best season possible this year. That is actually how things get done, and how you increase your chances to have a successful season so that next season you may actually get drafted.

If you need to win the lottery to get drafted, why are so many of you completely crushed that you weren’t picked? Why are so many of you so completely unprepared for not getting picked? Why are so many of you not doing what needs to be done in order to increase your chances in the lottery next year?

Anyone who actually believed that attending all of those team pre draft camps would get them drafted is in need of an intervention.

Now, after the last draft has ended, what are you going to do? Continue to complain? Continue to chase more “open” camps? Follow what the other boys are doing? Maybe listen to what other people are talking about and hope they are right? Yeah, all of that has worked so well in the past that you should repeat it.

Or, will you now, start to listen? In this case, pay attention to what you are reading here. Don’t be embarrassed that you haven’t paid attention before. It’s never to late to change course in how you go about doing things.

Sorting through the options available right now, and making the right choice is absolutely critical now. What are the criteria you will use to evaluate your options? What information can you obtain on each option to help differentiate one from another in order to arrive at the best possible choice for you?

Your plan of getting drafted did not work out, so what makes you think you can make the right decision moving forward? Are you acting on emotion? Are you getting all the information possible? Are their negotiables that you are not aware of?

There are definite warning signs for teams you need to avoid. Do you know what they are?

If you are even a little unsure of how to put yourself in the best position to take advantage of this season, in order to make next season better, then you are already at a disadvantage.

Information is the solution. Want to invest in a stock? Go research the stock. Want to buy a property? Go research the property, and compare it to other similar properties with similar information. Want to buy a new Mustang? Then don’t go to the Honda dealership and think a Civic is going to give you a Mustang response.

Finally, hire an adviser. Make the investment in yourself, and start seeing real results. Real results being not having to go to time wasting and expensive camps. Real results being that you a prepared to have a dominating season in 2022-2023 so that in 2023 when the drafts take place, teams will actually know who you are.

Joseph Kolodziej – Adviser

info@hockeytalentmanagement.com

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