I felt like this was exactly what I needed in life, and not in an arrogant way. I learned quickly from him that if I was going to do something in life, I might as well do it up as big as possible. What’s the point of doing something half-assed? So when I asked his advice on getting an agent for WPS he said confidently, “absolutely, that’s so bigtime.” I received similar answers for my contract with adidas, playing in Europe, having my own website, being featured in different news mediums, getting a customized “OCHO” license plate and so on.
When I look back on my career, I’ll be able to say I lived life as a professional athlete to the best of my abilities. I lived it up. I did, and continue to, do all I can with what I have. And I think that’s something people tend to forget. A lot of times I like to give my mom money, because that’s what many NBA and NFL players do when they get professional contracts. But instead of two million, it’s usually like two hundred.
In case I did a bad job getting the message across in this one, let me sum it up real quick: if you’re going to go to a concert; sit in the first row. If you’re going to rent Saw, rent all of them and watch them in one day, and if you’re going to be Batman for Halloween you damn well better be walking around with someone dressed as the Joker or Robin. Why not?? Do it and do it big. You won’t regret it.
In fact, I promise it will make for a better experience and a hell of a story when you’re older.