What High School Athletes Should Do During The Coronavirus Crisis

What High School Athletes Should Do During The Coronavirus Crisis

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There has never been another time like the Coronavirus Crisis in our recent history. The cancellations and postponements are new to everybody, even the adults and the professionals.

This brings with it a time that no other person who was at one point a high school athlete, has ever seen before. Careers have been cut short and playoff runs have been stopped dead in their tracks. Three week long spring breaks and potentially no more meets, matches, games, or possibly even school.

So what can a high school student athlete possibly do during this time? Please don’t waste this time! There are an incredible amount of opportunities for you to learn something, or grow in some way each and every day.

1) Get Quality Rest

When I say get quality rest, I do NOT mean be lazy and sleep all day, every day while school is out. Quality rest means that you are going to bed and waking up at reasonable times, and getting the amount of sleep that you need in between those times.

You won’t have any 6 AM workouts for a while, and you won’t be staying late at the school for a game that will make you stay up even later just to finish school work.

This means that you have a perfect opportunity to be in bed by 10 and asleep by 11, and wake up between 7-8:00. I would almost bet that if you are a high school athlete, on average you go to bed around midnight or 1 am, and wake up at 6 or 7 am. 5-6 hours is not enough sleep. Use these next few weeks to get a quality 7-8 hours a night.

2) Exercise Your Brain

Keep your mind sharp by continuing to challenge it over the course of your down time. Just like the muscles in your body, your mind needs to stay active and be put to work in order to get better.

There are a handful of ways to do this, but reading and writing are two of the best.

Pick some articles from the internet about a topic that interests you or that you know you want to learn more about. There won’t be very many sports on TV to watch either, so this will also work as a great way to pass time if you are bored.

Open up your backpack and go over some notes from your classes so that when you get back, you are ready to pick back up where the class left off.

3) Exercise Your Body

Now that we know how important it is to make sure our mind gets a good workout too, we can talk about getting our bodies a workout.

Your school weight room will most likely be closed, meaning you won’t have access to weights or other workout equipment. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to get exercise and stay active without a barbell and a squat rack.

Go outside and play some basketball, offer to walk dogs, go for jogs, or knock out some push ups and sit ups in the living room – your options are almost endless. If you are someone who says you want to play at the next level and be better than your peers, this is the time where you will actually become better (or worse) than your peers.

4) Good Hygiene

It might sound silly and I’ll admit, it kind of is that this even needs to be mentioned, but nothing bad has ever come from someone washing their hands or sanitizing a bit more often.

Whether you want to believe it or not, this virus is contagious and spreads quickly. It has been classified as a global pandemic and is impacting a lot of lives. It is important to protect yourself and your family during this time so please, stay clean.

5) ACT/SAT Prep

This ties in a little bit with #2, but it is more specific so I wanted to touch on it as well. If you are currently a 9th-11th grader, you will have chances in the future to take one or both of these standardized tests.

These two tests will have a large impact on your ability to get in to college and which ones you will or will not get accepted to. They are long, and they are difficult, so they require quite a bit of time and attention beforehand.

If you are out of school for another week or maybe even more, you really need to touch up on some standardized test prep at least for a couple of hours. It will all be worth it when you take it again next time and your score is a few points better, which essentially earns you money for college.

6) Talk to Coaches

Stay in touch with your high school coaches. Ask them what you can do to better yourself specifically for their team during this off period. It will be aching them while they aren’t able to be with you and be coaching you.

If you reach out to them and ask if there are any workouts or any drills you can be doing on your own, they will appreciate that and respect you more than you ever know. It will show them that it means something to you and that you are someone they can trust when times get tough.

Even if you are at home and no where near your coaches, there are still ways to hear from them and receive coaching.

7) Recruiting

If you are currently a Junior or maybe even a Sophomore, you might be starting to hear from some college coaches that are potentially interested in recruiting you or offering you a scholarship. Spring is a busy time for college coaches as that is when they are typically freed up to hit the road.

Due to current circumstances, I can almost guarantee that schools will keep coaches off of the road recruiting, meaning you might not get to see as many as you were hoping, or maybe none at all. This isn’t the end of the world.

Continue to use Twitter and other technology to contact college coaches and continue your recruiting. Ask for information on majors and campus life, get ahold of your GPA and test scores and be ready to communicate them as well.

8) Eat Right

More time on your hands, will mean that you have more time with your hands. Use them to cook some healthier meals at the house. If your parents have been to the grocery store and were able to get some food, give them a break and take over cooking.

It is a skill that will come in handy when you get to college and once you are done, so you might as well start learning. Cooking will also get you healthier and cleaner meals than eating out at a restaurant will. 

Take control of your diet and give your body the fuel it needs. Pop tarts, pizza rolls, and sour gummy worms are not what you want to fuel your body with. If you expect it to do great things for you in sports, you need to treat it and fuel it right outside of sports.

The best way to handle things during the Coronavirus Crisis is quite simple – stay calm, use spare time wisely, and continue to improve yourself day by day. Find new things to learn and new stuff to do.

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Trump Addresses Nation Regarding Coronavirus; Businesses Soar In Value

Trump Addresses Nation Regarding Coronavirus; Businesses Soar In Value

I want to show you the very real correlation between politics, business, and your ability to make money.

We all know about coronavirus. Donald Trump spoke for a couple of hours today in front of a team of doctors, businessmen, and other politicians about its implications and our strategy as a country. He invited multiple CEO’s and COO’s up to the mic to say a few words.

Executives from Target, CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, and a handful of others all shook the Trumps hand as they took the stage for a moment. All of these companies are agreeing to partner with the CDC and the Federal Government to expedite the coronavirus testing process.

The companies will be opening up their parking lots to be used as mobile drive through testing centers.

Everyone who spoke seemed delighted and happy to be working together, despite technically being competitors. Personally I think it is great that they are doing this and I think if it can really help speed up the testing process and provide a greater amount of tests for our population, we should do it.

However, I want to highlight one company that spoke today. LHC Group.

I didn’t quite catch what they do or who they are, but for some reason I was inclined to look up their stock value online.

I was amazed. As an investor, I was a little late.

via marketwatch.com

What this image is showing is the stock value for LHC Group throughout the course of the day. For whatever reason early on it was sliding, but can anyone guess what happened around 3:30 PM?

An executive from LHC Group was speaking at the Presidents podium. For 5 minutes at most, he was answering questions and giving statements thanking the United States Government for the opportunity to work together.

The image above is proof.

People will often make statements that politics don’t matter and that it is all just an act and another reality TV show. The image of LHC Group stock price is all you need to see to understand how real it is. That right there is an opportunity to make money! Just by paying attention.

If I bought LHC Group stock before the address started at $113, and watched it soar all the way up to $129, I would be an extremely happy man. Imagine being bought in with 100 shares. Your profits go through the roof.

I’m going to be very hesitant to give any definitive advice, because the market is so volatile right now and I’m not even doing much myself. So all I will advise you to do, is pay attention. Keep up. Watch the market and pay attention to the politicians and the corporations. It is a game you can play with your money that can pay off in huge ways.

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Educate Yourself So You Can Take Advantage

Educate Yourself So You Can Take Advantage

As a young adult between the ages of 20-30, I really hope that you can take this advice to heart. I really believe that the times we are going through right now, in March 2020, that there will be some opportunities for our generation/age group to win coming up in the near future. Before we win though, we have to know how to win.

Covid-19 or whichever of its ten names you want to call it, is deeply impacting the likes of the world right now. The President of the United States sat down in front of the country last night to talk about it, banned all travel from Europe to the US, the NBA suspended the rest of its season, March Madness is about to be played with no fans in the arenas (tournaments will get cancelled all around in the next day or so).

It is safe to say that the impact of the Coronavirus is very real and starting to hit very hard.

Another area that’s being hit is the stock market. It continues to dip as investors begin to dump what they have and take the cash before prices fall too low.

Some semi good news can be understood using this analogy –

The stock market is like a dog on a leash, and the economy is like the person walking the dog. You’ll see the dog darting back and forth left to right, sniffing everything he can find, while the human is just walking at a controlled pace, in the same general direction, rarely deviating from the path.

Right now is no different than a moment that the dog takes off after a squirrel, and the person walking it has to just grab the leash and pull back in a little bit. The big picture – the human – is still under control. The economy is still under control. Cash is still here, jobs are still here, labor is still here.

But, while the dog is running wild in front of the person, there is money to be made or lost. You can place money in the stock market and hope that it increases in value. Find a company that you believe in, that you use, and that you think has a solid future ahead of them. (There are tons and tons of lists and ways to find the best stocks to buy at any given time. The Motley Fool is a great place, Yahoo! Finance another.)

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I am telling you this because in my opinion, we have around a year left of a somewhat crash. I think we will see a small correction after the election – no matter who wins – and then it will slowly dip back down after that. We have probably a year until the market hits the lowest point that it will hit, and at that time, people in our situation, need to be ready to buy.

You have a year to learn as much as you possibly can when it comes to finance, economics, and investing, because there will be a pot of gold opportunity waiting for us there when the market bottoms out.

But why is the market being so low a good thing?

I’m glad you asked. When the market is low, prices are low. We all love a good sale, right? New pair of shoes went from $129 to $89, you’re much more likely to buy them, and you know you are getting something for a great deal.

Stocks are no different! If you know that Company A is a great company and usually worth $40 or $50 a share, but right now is down in the $20’s, you need to see those stocks as if they are on sale.

If every other rational investor sees low priced stocks this way, what will end up happening?

They will all be buying these stocks that are on sale! If everybody is buying, that means the companies and the stocks will become more valuable.

You (and everyone else) bought in while the market was down, and purchased 100 shares at $20 a piece, now they are up to $40. You originally paid $2,000 for something that is worth $4,000. Now, you have the ability to sell those shares and cash out for the $2,000 profit or you can leave it invested or find other places to continue growing.

The options are endless, but they are options that need to be taken advantage of.

Too many people complain about how much they didn’t learn about finance and investing in high school, but don’t ever try to gain more knowledge on it. You have to find this stuff on your own and you have to make this stuff happen on your own. Your high school didn’t owe it to you to teach you this stuff, but I truly believe you owe it to yourself to teach yourself.

I definitely won’t claim to know everything, but I will always be doing my best to learn more. I just want to present the ideas to you and allow you to work on your own to learn more about whatever it is you want to learn about. It’s all out there, go find it and dive in.

Thanks.

Semi-Uninformed But Great Financial Advice, I Promise

Semi-Uninformed But Great Financial Advice, I Promise

Before you read this any further, I have excellent financial advice that you are going to want to hear. If you are under 30 years old, this is *specifically for you.

First things first – who am I and why do I think I have the merit to speak on this. I am a 25 year old HS Business Teacher with a Business and Personal Finance Certification, I am 4 classes away from an MBA, I minored in General Business, I own a company and have owned two others before this one.

To be quite honest with you, I don’t have a ton of cash to my name – if I did I would’ve spent it on a down payment for a rental home months ago. I have a baby girl on the way, and really only one thing has been on my mind lately.

How can I get her as much money as possible in the next 18 years?

Great question! I don’t know the answer to it.

I do know, however, how to find out ways to learn the answer.

Do. Your. Research.

Stop scrolling through IG for a minute and open up investopedia.com. Haven’t heard of it before? Here is your intro – click on the link.

Log out of Netflix and listen to Dave Ramsey instead.

I can’t sit here and tell you the best options to purchase or how to identify the best home deeds to purchase in rundown neighborhoods.

What I can tell you though, is that you need to start learning this stuff. You need to start taking your finances and your financial position seriously.

As I mentioned, this article is mostly for those around my age – under 30. Our generation needs to do a much better job of going out on our own and learning, doing, and winning. Take strides right now that move you closer to where you want to be, and further away from everybody else.

If you don’t keep up with the market and the national economy you really should, because there is money to be made out there and if you don’t take advantage, you will be extremely upset with yourself in 10-20 years.

Recently the market has taken a slight hit, and has dropped a little bit. When this happens investors get nervous and do one of two things – they sell everything they have to limit their losses, or they buy more to try and take advantage of the low prices.

When prices drop and everyone buys, what happens to the value of the company? It goes up, because more people bought in to it. Now where is the price? High again, right?

You can see this is how the natural flow of the market occurs. When something happens that scares everyone or excites everyone, things tend to overreact – for better, or worse. Prices can go up and everything can be extremely valuable, or prices can drop and the entire NYSE can seem like a dumpster fire from a distance.

The Dow Jones tracks 30 large American companies, and responds based off of their respective performances. In the last few weeks it has dropped, and continued to drop.

Courtesy of barrons.com/quote

Some of the words and the symbols might seem foreign to you, but it shouldn’t take to much financial literacy to see the decrease on the chart above. The image you see is the value of the Dow Jones year to date (1/1/2020-3/11/2020).

Courtesy of barrons.com/quote

This second image might look identical to you, but it isn’t. It is a completely different index called the S&P 500, which instead of compiling 30 companies like the Dow Jones, the S&P 500 compiles – you guessed it – 500 companies. What this creates is a small snippet of the bigger picture, which is the entire market and NYSE.

When these two indexes are falling, it is often implied that the market is falling as well. For people like you and I, this can be a phenomenal opportunity, here’s how:

Get your mind right, right now. Learn as much as you possibly can. I wouldn’t advise doing too much right now because the market may continue to slide due to COVID and Trump and Bernie and Russia and a million other things.. but my advise is learn.

Take a minute to read up on investopedia.com every once in a while. Download Robinhood and Acorns. Mess around a little bit and become familiar because as a young adult, this is the time when you will make the moves that will impact the rest of your life.

If I make the right investment right now, or if I put my money in the right place right now, I can have college paid for for all my children. If I play it right, I could buy a house that will provide me monthly income for the next 20 years.

So can you. None of this can be done without learning what to do first. Internalize as much as you can, and be ready to act soon.

Many people feel that the market is not done dropping, and for people like you and I, that is wonderful news.

Get out there and learn something, and let’s make some serious money.

Thanks.

If The Internet/Social Media Suddenly Quit Working…What’s In Store For You?

If The Internet/Social Media Suddenly Quit Working…What’s In Store For You?

We all know how important social media platforms, and the internet as a whole, are to our lives. They help elevate us and allow us to reach people on the other side of the world instantly. Without a doubt, we are the only humans to have set foot on this earth that have this ability.

Aside from all the negativity that social media garners, it truly is an incredible tool for us. People make their livings on all different platforms of social media in what seems to be an infinite amount of ways.

A problem arises when we suddenly no longer have these things though..

What would become of our lives if suddenly we had no internet, or if we had no social media?

Are you able to survive and thrive in ways that don’t involve a computer or a cell phone?

You may be thinking about how you don’t make any money from social media or the internet because you have a real job.

How many emails do you send a day for your job? How many potential clients do you find and communicate with via Instagram or LinkedIn?

I would guess that it is a decent amount.

Today, July 3, 2019, a handful of the major social media platforms are down.

People have been struggling to send messages on Twitter, post pictures to Instagram, share posts on Facebook, etc.

It isn’t the first time something like this has happened, and it isn’t the last.

So, and not to get apocalyptic or anything, what will you do when the internet stops working?

*Side note – Also, what will you do when the banks fail? Cause that’s gonna happen a lot sooner than we think. I may write about this another time but not today.

Are you able to survive, make money, and continue to improve without the internet?

Do a quick self reflection and ask yourself how dependent you are on social media and the internet.

Build your life and prepare for a future of chaos only to realize that it is truly a walk in the park. It is so so so much better to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

Hope I didn’t scare you…

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