From sav­ing to sell­ing

Late Tackle Football Magazine - - CAREER CHANGE -

Portsmouth doc­tor and, of course, my close friends and fam­ily. Ev­ery­one sup­ported me even though a lot of peo­ple thought I was stupid for do­ing it. “But foot­ball isn't what ev­ery­one thinks. Of course the pay is great and the life­style is even bet­ter. But most of the time, foot­ball is a very lonely place, of­ten hav­ing many hours alone, in ran­dom towns across the coun­try and be­ing away from the fam­ily. It gets lonely and up­set­ting for sure. “The mo­ment it re­ally hit me that foot­ball was over for me was when I went to Cam­bridge on loan to try and sal­vage my ca­reer. We lost at home to Grimsby and both goals were my fault. “How­ever, when the ball hit the back of the net, it didn't hurt me like it used to and like it should. “Af­ter that game I locked my­self in the kit man’s room for an hour be­cause I was too em­bar­rassed to see any­one. That's when I knew it was over.” He took a gam­ble and quit the game at just 26; swap­ping the UK for a life in the US where he now is carv­ing out a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in the highly-com­pet­i­tive real es­tate mar­ket of Las Ve­gas.

It’s tes­ta­ment to him that he’s been able to over­come ter­ri­ble lows his de­pres­sion brought him and make a name for him­self else­where.

Now a per­ma­nent res­i­dent of Las Ve­gas, John has a port­fo­lio of prop­er­ties he is re­spon­si­ble for sell­ing and is thriv­ing un­der a dif­fer­ent kind of pres­sure.

“I haven't missed foot­ball at all,” he said. “I've just moved on with my life and en­joyed my time trav­el­ling and learn­ing a new ca­reer.

“I look back with fond mem­o­ries. I al­ways loved train­ing, and took it very se­ri­ously. I was proud to be a foot­baller.

“But I saw an op­por­tu­nity to work hard and make in­cred­i­bly good money, with a great qual­ity of life else­where.

“Real es­tate is a lot like foot­ball. The hard­est-work­ing peo­ple and most pro­fes­sional will al­ways come out on top. I am on zero wage and com­mis­sion only. Ev­ery day is vi­tal and I thrive on that pres­sure.

“I see my fu­ture in Amer­ica for sure. I love the way of life and diver­sity of each place and state, and I couldn't imag­ine liv­ing in Eng­land again.

“I will def­i­nitely be a re­al­tor for life and could never imag­ine do­ing any­thing else ever again. I love it.”

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