Broyles Uses Road Maps to Achieve Goals

I first learned of Ryan Broyles when I read an ESPN headline about him being financially frugal early on in his career in anticipation of his future. I’ll admit that I know very little about football but I’ve heard of the perils of athletes who are paid well. Unfortunately, many too often spend large amounts of money early in their careers only to have less than ideal financial circumstances when they transition from sports. Ryan is different; he and his wife live on $60,000 a year, give or take. What makes this unique is that Ryan signed a contract worth more than $3.6 million, with more than $1.4 million of that being guaranteed.

I am inspired to know that there are professionals like Ryan who set the example for others. I’m a believer that each of us should be responsible for our careers and take action to position ourselves for success now and into the future. Ryan’s doing just that with his focused and disciplined approach to investing in his family’s future. I reached out to Ryan and asked him if he would share his approach to goal setting, handling setbacks and managing his reputation with us, to which he agreed:

WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO GOAL SETTING?
RB: My approach on setting goals are pretty simple like many others. I know where I want to be in a year, 5, 10 and 20 years down the road. I draw up a road map to each date so I know what it’ll take on a daily, weekly and monthly basis to accomplish those goals.

WHAT RECOMMENDATIONS DO YOU HAVE FOR HANDLING CAREER SETBACKS?
RB: In life there will always be setbacks. Life isn’t fair if you want to believe it. We have the “option” to look at setbacks in such a way to motivate and teach us or we can “choose” be defeated by those things.

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON MANAGING YOUR REPUTATION AS IT RELATES TO CURRENT AND FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES?
RB: Who you are inside and out is very important. You can only hide for so long. It takes a while to build a good reputation but a day to ruin it.

Now is an ideal time to give serious consideration to your professional and financial plans if you haven’t done so recently. Yes, life is full of setbacks but without goals we miss opportunities to reach our potential. Are you owning it? Have you taken charge of your career? Times have changed. Have you? Take the time to invest in your future. Consider the experience of others and if using road maps can work for you. Learn more about Ryan Broyles.

 

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