The subject of my blog this week might feel or sound somewhat to you but this is the exact thought that has been on my mind in the last few days as I have continued to work very hard in promoting my book Road Map to a Successful Football Career selling on Amazon and of course good news; The book is now selling at bookstores in Nigeria.
The past week has been filled with lots of activities regarding the book and creating awareness across every platform that is offering me an opportunity to come and talk about it, about what inspires me to write such a book at this time, I have always said to anyone that cares to listen or ask why I have to go through that stress according to them for the generation that doesn’t read, I am hoping the youths will not confirm this unbelievable notion that the older generation has of them. Someone mentioned that his observation for a while now is that most of these teenagers are not interested in going through the process of making their dream a reality, that they want everything fast but I vehemently disagree with this individual.
I was on a live Facebook session via the page of an old friend and colleague based in Manila Philippines named The Parrot Post with over 14,000 followers a few days ago, you can watch the video via this link. Though it was watched live by only 4 persons but as at the time of writing this blog the viewing is over 800 and hopefully it will gain more traction with the sharing of the link on this blog. Why did I mention this, the fact that only 4 people had the time to watch the live video on a page with over 14k followers most of them teenagers tend to support the statement made by that my friend above. That our youths are not seeking knowledge on how to make themselves better and walk an easy path to their career when someone that has gone through what they are about to go through is giving them an opportunity to get there faster by owning a book of fewer than 100 pages and read so their journey could be smooth.
So I ask again, how do we make our youths become readers?
For me, I do not intend to stop anytime soon with my intention of preaching the right path to this younger generation, my dream is to make sure the book gets into the hands of 1 million people between now and the next 12 months. How this will happen? I have no perfect plan yet but I have got an idea which I am sharing a few here.
I have been reaching out to some reporters with large followership in the United States and other countries via Twitter to let them know the importance of this book for young people growing up with the love of the game, in the United States, for example, I found out there are 4.2 million players (2.5 million male and 1.7 million female) registered with U.S. Soccer. As of 2012, about thirty percent of American households contain someone playing soccer, a figure second only to baseball. Increasing numbers of Americans, having played the game in their youth, are now avid spectators.
with the stats above I believe my dream of selling a million copies of the book in 12 months is a reality just that there’s a lot of work to be done so in case you come across this blog and you know someone that can help with their platform to make this book known to the general public, do it for me, please.
The other thing I am working on at the moment is to make the book become a digital training course where the same information in the book will be presented via a video and let as many young people across the world that are soccer lovers to have access to it and go through the process of them achieving the ultimate aim of becoming a football success. This is very necessary at this time as not many people are aware that the effect of the current COVID 19 pandemic has had on the game is huge and that football clubs across the world will start adjusting their pocket and looking for better and more affordable ways to keep their clubs or school programs afloat.
One of the major areas of change will be that everyone will start looking inward. European clubs will be more interested in signing a European player that may not be as talented as a Brazillian but because the homegrown player will be affordable and easy to manage than his foreign counterpart. This will go across every other league in the world. I predict it will be like this for the next 24 months so for you as a player in any part of Africa, Europe, Americas, or Asia hoping to jump on the next flight when the whole pandemic is over and a vaccine is found. THINK AGAIN because it is not going to happen.
Now is the time to start looking for opportunities around your continent and the only way you will be aware of what you need to do is to constantly seek knowledge, read my book and follow me on all social media platforms @bayonlearashi because I will be sharing what you need to do to get you where you need to be in your career.
I look forward to sharing more updates with you in the next few days as I am shifting a little attention to my other company’s Midas Football Academy with a great announcement coming soon as well as finally creating the MVP of ScoutBallers.
You can always reach me via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for any questions or advice and remember that when you get a copy of Road Map, you will receive from me the database of over 2,000 football contacts at U.S Colleges and Clubs in different parts of the world.
To your success.