I got asked a question, “what do you do if your parents don’t support what you want to do?”

I understand this because my Mom is Japanese and Japanese want their sons and daughters to go to University and get good grades. I say, always follow your heart. There’s 168 hours in a week.

You spend 60 hours sleeping, you have 100 hours to do whatever you want. 20 hours for hanging out with friends, social media, girlfriend, etc. You also have school and you’re left with about 20 hours in a week to follow your dreams. Don’t use that 20 hours to play FIFA, use that time to train. That’s what it’s all about. Focused training for 20 hours per week for 10 years, you’ll become an incredible athlete.

Did you know? Romelu Lukaku’s family insisted he finish schooling even whilst he had interest from top clubs all around Europe. “Dad said school was the most important thing but I said there had to be a solution where I could do both of them,’ says Lukaku, who was raised in Antwerp. ‘I loved football so much. Nothing else mattered. All Dad ever specified was that I play as a striker.”


Nick Humphries, 25, is a footballer who played in England (Wimbledon), Scotland (Montrose), Holland (Volendam), Hungary (Vasas) as well as with the Australian U20 national team. At 16 years of age, he was just an average amateur player with limited skills. Only one year later he was offered $120k+ in scholarships. Two years later he received a contract to play professionally in Europe. How did he get better? He trained in his own way! Learn more about the training program he’s creating to help players improve on their own terms.