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An Ex-NBA Player Offers 3 Tips for Entrepreneurs Preparing for Their Second Act

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I made my NBA debut in 2003 -- a very different era in basketball, sports and business. The internet was only starting to go mainstream. Social media activity was limited mostly to MySpace. And business was still conducted primarily by phone and in-person meetings.

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My formative years had revolved around basketball, but I harbored an internal sentiment that said any success I’d have on the court (or in the boardroom) would be a result of my willingness to learn and push my boundaries, by expanding my comfort zone. This is an important lesson for any entrepreneur starting a new endeavor.

It's a lesson that may also resonate with most entrepreneurs and business leaders: The more you put yourself out there, the better the results. Similarly, the more you give, the more you get. At this point, I've moved beyond my 14-year career with professional basketball; in many ways, I've started anew. But this same sentiment and mentality has been critical as I've sought and found the right opportunities to make an impact.

And I’m not alone in this, as the business path has become quite the trend among many current and former athletes. Below are a few recommendations for entrepreneurs, including the already successful ones who are pivoting or changing their careers:

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