All In The Family

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Five Familiar Steps to Help You Become a Professional Athlete:

1. Be Conceived Around Christmas*

The older you are in your grade, the bigger and better you will be early in your career against your peers. Most important, this will afford you more playing time and more opportunity to increase your skill.

*Time of year can depend on country/school schedules/cut-off dates, etc. So do your homework — this date suggests a September month cut-off, not unusual in the USA public school system

2. Have Older Brothers

Siblings are more valuable than coaches or trainers because unlike the latter, they are always there. The difference in size, and thus skill, challenges the younger siblings to get better faster.

3. Have Once-Athletic Parents Who Never Made It Big

If your parents were too good at sports, there’s a good chance your athletic journey will be too easy. If your parents were almost great, you likely will inherit both good genes and the intense desire to train like a mad person, making up for your parents’ shortcomings.

4. Come From a Lineage of Tall People, Fast People… or Be Black

Preferably all three. Obviously.

5. Come From a Family That Cannot Afford Recreation

It will be helpful if the only thing you can afford to do is play the sport you like. No going to the movies, or taking music lessons, or playing video games. This step does not apply to the expensive sports, such as golf, tennis, or fencing, for obvious reasons.


James Littlejohn is not a professional athlete. He also did not meet any of these steps.


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