The Road Ahead

The New Year is here! Everyone has his or her resolutions fresh in mind and motivation is prevalent. I have set goals for myself going into the year to keep me steadily putting 100% into everything I do and on track with my career goals (i.e. professional bass fisherman). My 2016 agenda consists of maturing my relationships with current sponsors, expanding on new relationships, giving back to the sport, improving on my tournament performance and, hopefully, I can inspire some people along the way.

In this industry, it’s all about who you know. Are you sick of hearing it yet? Good, because IT’S ALL ABOUT WHO YOU KNOW. Networking has unspeakable value. My first goal, already in progress in the first week of 2016, is to further my relationship with companies I am already associated with and to obtain some new contacts. I want to learn how to become a valuable asset to some of the best companies in the business. Seniority with companies is very important; companies want longevity in their relationship with you and it can be a slow ladder to climb.

Things like working shows, setting up displays in and teaching retailers about product are huge for helping with sales. Building a large following through social media is very important now days as well. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Periscope are all the leaders for online media. I plan on working to expand my following on all of these; some need more attention than others for me personally. One accomplishment I am proud to announce is my joining of the Biovex Pro Team!

Another initiative for me this year is getting more involved with the community. I want to give back to the sport that has given so much to me. I want to share my passion, faith and experiences to pursuing my dream with other people and spread the love for the outdoors. I want to participate in getting the youth more involved and also just anyone who is interested or already shares my same adore for it. Doing so by working events that involve the public. Getting involved in anything such as expos, camps, charity events, etc. Any sort of volunteering opportunity that’s available.

Last but not least, is my drive to perform better in the tournaments I am fishing this year. My goal is to limit the quantity of tournaments I fish in in order to drive my energy into placing higher and winning the ones I am fishing in. I am currently registered in the Bassmaster Northern Opens again this year and plan on fishing in the Denny’s Super 30 Tournaments on Lake Minnetonka along with any other local tournaments that fit into the schedule. I did not have the results in tournament standings that I know I am capable of over the last year and it has really motivated me to show that I do have what it takes to win. I am very proud and grateful of the opportunities I had last year and cannot believe God blessed me with them. The next step moving forward is to get some more credibility under my belt so that I can continue to progress towards my dream.

I am going to work harder than I ever have to get myself one step closer to where I want to be in the grand scheme of everything. If you are the smartest person in a room, you are in the wrong room. I have been making sure I surround myself with winners and successful people to learn from them and want to say thank you to everyone who supports and has helped me in what I am trying to do. Tournament losses and bad days can be disheartening, but it’s not supposed to be easy competing with the big boys. I want to encourage anyone else out there to pursue passions and live the life that makes them happy. Dreams do come true, maybe even in 2016.

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