5 Tips all NFL Rookies should know before they start their NFL careers (Or principles to apply in YO

This is an article that I wrote on the eve of the NFL Draft. I believe these tips are just as important for anyone in business no matter what you do for a career.

As we approach the NFL draft, and after witnessing (along with the rest of America) some of the atrocious behaviors of some veteran NFL players recently, here are 5 tips for NFL Rookies before they sign that contract with their new employers. (These same tips can be applied to anyone during their professional career.)

First, congratulations to these rookies (new employees) for getting the opportunity to hopefully be drafted or signed by a team (company). I know it is their dream to have a chance to play professional football! They are going to be a part of one of the most recognizable and powerful brands in the world…the NFL. And now, how they act, behave, dine, drink, tweet, post, etc. will be observed for everyone to see.

Their brand will now be a combination of their name and of the team (company) for which they will be playing (working). They will be branded as a part of this new team.

So before they sign that contract, here are five things that they should know about their new business careers… (because it really is a business, after all)

Your Reputation

You have worked hard over the last 4-8 years (or maybe longer) on your game (education) and your reputation. But in 5 minutes, or 1 tweet, post, or maybe one regrettable action, your reputation could be shot. We live in a world now where everything we do can be videotaped, photographed or audiotaped for everyone to view INSTANTLY. Your reputation (and brand) is priceless; don’t tarnish it. In fact, protect it with all your might. Don’t let one silly night or action damage you for the rest of your career.

Know the 4 C’s

Know how to make a positive first impression wherever you go. You can do this by what we call the “4 C’s of Business Etiquette”…

Confidence *** Class *** Character *** Conduct

I’ll add one more “C” that is just as important make them all Consistent.