In this Episode of WUEconomics Outside the Box Podcast I had the chance to talk with two former professional Basketball players Chris Mc Naughton and Christof Henneberger about highlights, challenges, obstacles, the transition to work-life and how pro-athlete mentality prepares and fits into business world.
Among other stations, both played together for two years at s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg, the home club and town of Dirk Nowitzki and Maxi Kleber. Although both looked back at different careers and followed different ways afterwards, there are a lot of parallels.
We talked about the motivation, preparation and challenges of the career after the career. Chris and Christof talked about their career as athletes, the highlights, losses and how their sports life prepared them for their second careers.
Christof and Chris followed completely different paths and along the way they faced various challenges. Christof was studying to become a teacher in mathematics and sports before he became a pro athlete,so the future-plans were pretty clear. He has now been a teacher at Dag-Hammarskjöld-Gymnasium in Würzburg for over a year.
For Chris, the transition turned out to be tougher than expected, which is probably the case for most athletes because they have to start from scratch again in a new, competitive environment.
Moreover we talked about future goals, digital transformation and advice Chris and Christof can pass on to athletes, that are Looking forward to start their second career.
You become a Little funfact at the end: find out why Christof was called the mayor of Wuerzburg ;-)
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