The #AskASocerPro show is a Live video podcast where 11 year MLS vet and Mental Strength Coach Quincy Amarikwa dives into the mentalities of highly successful individuals both on and off the pitch. In this weeks episode Quincy Amarikwa discussed about what is the mental strength league, how does he prevent over thinking, his advice on becoming a pro and more.
0:00-3:05 The #AskASoccerPro Show ep 104 is back with another Mental Strength Episode!
3:06-5:10 What is the Mental Strength League?
5:11-7:09 Quincy’s Interview w/ WNBA Champion Natasha Cloud for #IAMTHEDREAM
7:15-9:45 Some Of What Quincy Has Learned On #AmarikwaAcres During This Offseason
10:12-12:30 Have you listened to ep 40 of the Perfect Soccer Podcast featuring Aerial Chavarin?
12:45-20:22 How does Quincy prevent over thinking? @theoneknownasanthony
21:45-24:34 How Do You Learn How To Learn? @willthompson2021
21:45-24:34 What Cross-Training Did Quincy Focus On During The Pandemic?@willthompson2021
26:11-30:35 How To Exceed Expectations? @yojxrdan
26:11-30:35 How Tom Brady Created A System To Exceed Expectations? @yojxrdan
30:54-32:39 Quincy has been staying active with the NFLPA and New York Red Bulls
32:40-33:51 Did you know Quincy played with the New York Redbulls?
33:52-35:57 Quincy is beginning to see the impact from Black Players for Change come to light
37:20-41:05 What to do when overthinking is a problem with your game? @theoneknownasanthony
42:40-46:45 Quincy’s Advice On Becoming A Pro Soccer Player @ic156796
44:09-46:45 What’s Worse Than Not Having Access To Resources?
46:57-50:41 Is the Perfect Soccer App on the way?
52:58-56:25 Has Quincy been reading any books lately? @jjajj123
56:25-59:46 Importance of restructuring time to achieve short, and long term goals #Frequincy
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Quincy Amarikwa (00:00):
We're all here to ride the MSL waves. You mentioned strength lead. I'd like to welcome you to another episode of the hashtag ask eight soccer pro. Let's see. Oh, that's what I was going to Dean. What is going on? Everyone. Shannon. What's happening, Adam. Welcome the one known as Anthony. What's up, bro, for like, I haven't seen you in a bit, uh, C money, TX, M a L a Y. Joined George. What's going on, man. How's life been treating you, um, Liverpool app fan page set back with this profile. What up dropping the I'm in your head, a mood.
Quincy Amarikwa (00:53):
You know what it is? Um, I feel like I can't invert the images on the screen anymore. It used to be, you could, you could like switch back and forth and put that one up in the corner, but it doesn't, it's not letting me do that anymore. Or can I switch it around? Nope, I guess. I don't know. It's not letting me do that. And it makes it harder for me to see the comments on the page, but whatevs Diego. Welcome. Braheem welcome. Welcome. Welcome. Welcome. Connor Johnson joined in what's happening in, um, uh, the one on his Anthony. He said, you know, I'm always out here putting in work, LOL training with my team out here in the Bay area called Dublin Celtic. Yes. Love that. Um, and as everybody is joined in here, I don't know if you could hear my, my boys screaming in the background there.
Quincy Amarikwa (01:53):
Um, we'll let everybody start joining in here and then we'll kick it off. Cause you guys know what I do now with the new intro or episode, what are we ever said? One Oh four, just getting dialed in. There's been just a, a Riddick RADONC you list amount of stuff going on. I'm happy to get into kind of updates on what's been going on, uh, what, what movements are happening and, uh, cover last week, last week episodes, what went out this week and all that stuff. So if you guys are excited for today's episode keeps spamming that heart button, uh, drop the mind and your head emojis and drop a couple of questions. We'll have a classic MSL, uh, episode today with some just, uh, life updates, uh, uh, perfect soccer updates and all, all of that in between and let's get going. So everybody welcome to another episode of the hashtag.
Quincy Amarikwa (02:52):
Ask a soccer pro show. I'm your host twelve-year pro MLS cup champion, MLS comeback player of the year, UC Davis hall of fame member, black players for change founder and MSL coach Quincy America. You might be asking yourself, what is the MSL? You might be asking yourself, a lot of you already know what it is, but it is what we're here to discuss and break down every Thursday, 6:00 PM, PST 9:00 PM EST on the perfect underscore soccer, Instagram account, the mental strength league, um, in your head, uh, if those of you who are already down in MSL, you already know what it is, but for those of you who are just now tuning into this frequency, it's a game of mental 40 chest where you're either aware and an active participant or you're upon in the game, steady getting played. And, uh, that's what we're here to discuss, break down and, uh, you know, just crush here in 2021 and beyond.
Quincy Amarikwa (03:51):
Um, but for those of you who do not know what the MSL is, it is the mindset you need to accomplish your goals. You then should be asking yourself, why do you need to have this mindset? So you can learn how to learn, why learn, how to learn so you can know how, and when you are stopping yourself from achieving your goals and what to do about it. And when does this mindset start? The moment you decide to take responsibility for where you are, even if where you are, isn't your fault and put forth a plan to learn what you need to, to continue forward. So if you guys are ready for today's episode, I'm going to need you guys to continue to spam that hard button, dropping them. I'm in your head emojis for the MSL lesion out there, and I'm going to kick it off with today's sponsor a big shout out to Liverpool fan page for dropping the link below because today's episode is brought to you by perfect soccer.
Quincy Amarikwa (04:39):
The number one platform to talk to learn from and work with pro soccer players, sign up for your perfect soccer subscription today firstname.lastname@example.org slash subscription it's for youth players, pros, coaches, parents get access to everything you need on your soccer journey with the perfect soccer subscription. You guys know what it is or you don't. And if you don't, then you need to head over there. See what comes at the perfect soccer subscription and subscribe ASAP ASAP. If you want to be ahead of your competition, you need to have a perfect soccer subscription. Um, but yeah, uh, we're gonna get into a whole bunch of stuff today. What you see on my screen so far right now is I just recently had, uh, an interview with Natasha cloud over on the BPC and molests account. You see that up there in the corner, um, the replays up live there.
Quincy Amarikwa (05:26):
We had a great conversation. She's been doing a lot of amazing work in the, um, in, in just the social justice space, but as well as in the WBA, um, that was my first time meeting with meeting her and having a conversation. She's a great, uh, great has a great personality, great individual, great human. And we had a real fun, open and honest conversation. So if you guys didn't check that out, I highly recommend you do so. Um, she's a fall fellow champion. She won the WMB championship in 2000. Um, did anybody on the live right now happened to catch that replay or join in live? If so, what were your thoughts or takeaways from it? See, live or pull dropped them. I'm in your head emojis jaw one, two, three double Hyman. You're headed Joe emojis. J K underscore. Oh, 23. I have not seen you or yeah, I feel like I haven't seen you in a bit.
Quincy Amarikwa (06:21):
How have you been Timmy pig joining in Hannah joined us last week for last week's episode to break down why she is underrated and you guys know what that is all about. If you haven't checked out episode, what is that one Oh three that should be up on perfect soccer skills.com for you guys to check out. Um, while you guys are filling that out, going through everyone's comments and everyone's spamming that heart button loving that. Um, I was, I was, Oh, give some love to us soccer foundation for resharing, the, um, the conversation I had with, uh, Natasha as well as players coalition. They, they reshared as well too. So, um, shout out to everybody who checked that out in tuned in, I think that that was a, that was a big one. So, uh, let's see. Uh, George has said living the good life, um, competing in my first jujitsu tournament since 2006, next Friday,
Quincy Amarikwa (07:21):
Yo that's what's up,
Quincy Amarikwa (07:23):
You know, thinking of, uh, mixed martial arts as Serena shared with me a, um, a card she got from, uh, someone out here locally who, who runs a mixed martial arts gym. I, I definitely want to get back in to that. Uh, it's great. Off-season cross training. Um, and you guys know, since I'm in my free agency, again, welcome to the free agency. It's the year, the frequency in free agency. Uh, we'll see where I end up and, uh, doing a lot of cross training out on the ranch, you know, America acres doing a little cattle ranch in cattle farming, or we're looking into getting some horses here soon. We just did the, um, I got super deep into, uh, solar grid system. My father just got back to me about an SMA inverter that we were trying to figure out cause that tripped, um, Oh, so much going on, learn how to use Bobcat's.
Quincy Amarikwa (08:17):
We, we had bought a tractor, uh, eventually realized that it might make more sense for us to get, uh, a new, a newer one or trade in the one that we got me about, uh, dump trailers who, and checked out that, uh, the, who everyone, it has been a very productive off season and I'm excited to share a lot of the stuff that I've learned, uh, going real deep in the research in a bunch of other industries and in spaces that we can take the MSL into and that we can take, we have taken the MSL mindset into. So I'm, I'm excited for not only, you know, here in the short-term, but the long-term, especially the MSL lesion out there, repping the brand super hard, buying your merch. I've been seeing a lot more, um, orders coming in through the perfect soccer skills.com store. Um, I know people are still learning more about the soccer subscription, previous offers subscription and what that comes with.
Quincy Amarikwa (09:14):
Um, if you're interested in getting it, but you you're hesitant and you don't know why, or you don't, you haven't made that commitment yet. I'd love to get some of you guys' feedback as to why you haven't made the leap. What is it that you need to see, or what would you like to have as a part of the, a part of the program? Um, and, uh, any of you who have purchased or plan to purchase, please, uh, let us know why you're choosing to purchase, why you want to purchase in, um, uh, what you find of value of it. Let's see, uh, George said hashtag MSL at any age, you are more than correct. No cap, no cap coming from George ever. Um, Liverpool said Serena is in here, LOL. Yes, she is. She dropped in. So hopefully she had, uh, on, I didn't, I, I was saying that what she had shared with me, um, earlier, uh, what else did I want to also bring up?
Quincy Amarikwa (10:10):
Oh, okay. Yeah, if you guys hadn't checked out, um, the perfect soccer podcast was an episode 40. So for those who don't know, um, Paul has been, uh, helping me host the perfect soccer podcast for over a year. Now we've got 40, 40 published episodes. We've got a couple in the pipeline. I'll need to get the short list of who to be on the lookout for, but Ariel, um, or airy am I saying her name? Right? Ariel, Ariel. Uh, I'm butchering it. Uh, but I, I listened to her episode. It was, it was, it was, it was dope. So if you guys haven't checked that out, make sure you listen to that. I'm even going back and re listening to old episodes are not old. Episodes are not old because it's evergreen. Um, and you know what it is here at the MSL mindset. There's always something you can learn on the second, go around.
Quincy Amarikwa (11:02):
The perfect soccer platform just gets more and more valuable. The more time you spend on it, because you can, you can relearn from multiple angles from multiple pros. Um, over a long duration of time is making me realize like, um, I'm going back. And, uh, I, I was listening to, so, uh, Jalen, uh, was just re re posted on the perfect soccer account as well to, I forget what episode he was, was just talking about just like being in different positions in the organization and what he's seen over time. Definitely check, check that out. Um, and you guys know what I always talk to you about practice. I practice what I preach and if I don't, then I'm preaching to myself as well too. Cause I, I need reminders. I've been going back and re listening to some old, uh, ASCA soccer pro show episodes. I just recently really listened to, um, was it episode 56 with Earl Edwards Jr. On how not to be selfish. That was a solid episode and a great conversation. Um, a lot of insight, a lot of knowledge bombs. Um,
Quincy Amarikwa (12:11):
Quincy Amarikwa (12:13):
That's what I'm saying. I'm trying to do a better job of giving you guys updates of like all the stuff and content and things that are available. Cause it's just like, we just been over delivering value, leaving it, every exchange, having given more than we received for so long that that's just normal for us. You know what I mean? Yeah. You guys know what it is though. A quadruple I'm in your head. Emoji is dropped by J J a J J one, two, three. Uh, the Bronx blues dropped in with the Jesus' hands. Um, the one known as Anthony, uh, dropped a question. What do you do to prevent overthinking? Um, that's a big one. Let's see. So that was a process that took me a real long time to kind of I'll say perfect for lack of a better term. I won't say that it's
Quincy Amarikwa (13:09):
Quincy Amarikwa (13:11):
I won't say that. It's perfect, but it works for me. Right? So I tend to be someone who has to learn the hard way I got to learn the tough lesson because that's where it really sinks in. But I have to learn the hard way because I'm willing to do the work to, to figure it out for myself. Uh, not everybody takes that same approach and I don't necessarily recommend everybody take that same approach because sometimes a lot of the times you're, you're doing work that you realize is unnecessary in the end. But for someone like myself, I have to do a lot of quote unquote, unnecessary work to figure out what is necessary and what is valuable. So thinking more of like mining for gold, right? You're going to, you're going to end up digging a whole lot of dirt that you don't use to look for those nuggets of gold, where all the value is. Right. And that's how most people look at it. Uh, well the dirt isn't valuable. I'm looking for the nuggets of gold. Well, for me, I know the nuggets of gold are in there. I'm looking for the value in the dirt. How can I leverage and make digging the dirt worth my time? And if I happen to find nuggets of gold along the way, that's just additional bonus.
Quincy Amarikwa (14:34):
Yeah. That's an additional bonus. And if you, if you approach it that way, you're always working, but you're working towards you're while you're working, you're providing and creating value along the way. So you might not find those golden nuggets that you, you, you set out to, or you think that you'll find in this, in this area or this hole or this mine, but at least in the process of digging and doing that, you're creating jobs, you're creating, um, you're, you're creating opportunity. You're creating value, you're creating, um, insight. Um, and, and, and things that other people can take away. Even if what they're taking away is this mine, isn't the best place for me to find what I'm looking for, which is value in itself. Right. Uh, we talked a lot about it last year, 2020 was about the vision. I think a lot of people got woken up to a lot of new things, systems, processes, um, opportunities that they might've been blind to you before, or, or, uh, they were scared to try.
Quincy Amarikwa (15:37):
And, um, I think that's create a lot of new space for people to kind of explore and figure themselves out and, and having, uh, a platform and, and community where you can, you can do that and, and learn and grow. And that's part of the process and, uh, leave and come back and ride that MSL wave. That's what we're, that's what we're really doing here. So I appreciate everybody who's been along for it. And I say all that to set context as to you decide what overthinking is for you. So you get to the point where you feel it's worth, it's worth the effort, or it's no longer worth the effort. And, and the way that I've found to do that is, is, uh, is what I'm thinking through in the belief is what I'm thinking through, going to help me accomplish the task at hand, or is it going to slow me down?
Quincy Amarikwa (16:47):
Is it going to slow me down? And, and then it's, is, is it slowing if it's slowing me down, is going slower at this point in time of benefit or advantageous to me, or is it to my detriment? And, and that's something that comes with experience. And that's what we really talk about here on the show is how to tap into your experiences and increase your number of experiences. So you can, you can leverage those experiences to, uh, accelerate your learning and, uh, become more productive in a more, uh, and contribute, be a, you know, be a contributing human to providing value, being more sustainable. And self-sufficient so, uh, I know that was a good question because that opened up a kind of a lot of directions. You can take it. And I think that's the main point of it. Overthinking is when you you're taking it to a direction that there's no longer any you there's, no, you're not seeing any way in which it's a benefit to you, but I spent a lot of time in that space, in the space of where you can't see where it would be of any benefit to me or you at that point in time and figured out how to build in that space.
Quincy Amarikwa (18:24):
Because in my mind, I thought, okay, if we can figure out ways to be productive here and to find the silver lining in the positive, uh, positive, uh, aspect of being in this space, then I believe that will be a space that will be a value to people who end up getting there in one way or another over the course of their time in life and online, right? So we're here to evlv.online and, um, you know, it's a paradigm shift that I believe happened in humanity, and we're all going through like an accelerated learning process and to help, you know, get through difficult times. The MSL mentality has been very helpful for me in that process. And I've, I've been extremely happy to share that with anyone and everyone who is, who is open and willing to listen and, and would like to learn.
Quincy Amarikwa (19:26):
So, uh, just a big shout out and thanks to the community as always, um, for, uh, participating, but also the questions. Cause, you know, you guys have a lot of insightful, insightful questions and you always give me some space to riff and kind of bring my ideas together and share my experiences. Um, and a lot of which were lessons learned, uh, the hard way, but I appreciate everyone. Um, always, you know, taking me with the right intentions. Cause I know our goal is for everyone to improve, grow and get better over time. But that doesn't mean that we won't make mistakes, say the wrong thing at some times look stupid, you know, be the dumbest person in the room and be the smartest person in the room. Um, and everything in between life is, uh, you know, ebbs and flows. Um, let's see, Paul dropped in what's up, Paul, uh, just was talking, dropped in the #frequincy. Um, I mean you're in emojis. Yes. Uh, we were just, we were just speaking about you. I even, uh, w where does I bring you up, Paul? Oh, yeah. With, um, yeah, with Natasha in the call yesterday, that was like I
Quincy Amarikwa (20:48):
Said, lots, lots of conversations, lots of stuff been going on, but been a positive. Um, um, let me see you, baby. George said you better get an MSL cowboy hat. Yeah. I got to get working on that, but I just been using my worker hat for time now. Uh, but a perfect soccer cowboy hats would be dope. Um, Timmy pig said, I need to grab some new merge haven't decided on what yet, or what are you thinking what's speaking to you right now? Um, John said we're even in a lot, Don said hashtag rent still free. We've been in there for time building lots of stuff. Uh, T dot Rocia 16 dropped in and say what up? Um, Ben, uh, Ben Winfield said big ups from DC. Thanks for stopping by appreciate that. Uh, will Thompson said, I love your ideas around learning how to learn, would love to hear some more of your insight on, on that in self-training during the pandemic.
Quincy Amarikwa (21:57):
Okay. So, well, some more insight on learning how to learn that really comes down to three S's of self-awareness. And I know a lot of, um, MSL, uh, a lot of the MSL community has already checked that out. So if you have not yet, make sure you head over to perfect soccer skills.com/s S S um, and that should forge you over to the three S's of self-awareness talk. That'll really break down the process of learning, how to learn and the value of that and, and why it's so important. And, um, and then self-training during the pandemic is like, Whoa. Um, that's like making the best of what you've got around around you. And, uh, I, I mentioned that earlier with George, when I was saying, in terms of cross training, um, you know, this off season I've, I've, uh, been using, um, fence posts as workout, uh, uh, yeah, as, as workout equipment, um, we got the new perfect soccer mini ball.
Quincy Amarikwa (22:55):
So I've been doing, um, uh, small ball work, foot work, and then plyos this, uh, this off season, um, just from better understanding and learning, um, learning from last year, last year, I test a lot of new ideas, a lot of new approaches and, and, and learned a lot from one being, being a lot older, um, in terms of, uh, first starting out. So this is, this will be year 13 and, um, being mindful of that and how to make sure you're maintaining your body. Like I got through in the entirety of 20, 19 and 20 Toni with, uh, zero injuries. And that is definitely a Testament to, um, the approach that I finally have gotten like dialed in on to better understand my, my mind and when I need to ramp it up and when I need to, uh, tone it down. So, um, yeah, so that's what I've been doing as for, in terms of self-training during the pandemic, um, just refining that process, um, and, and I'm dialing in on it.
Quincy Amarikwa (24:08):
And then also what I'm doing more now is figuring out how to break those down and add those to the training center, through the perfect soccer subscription. So, so yeah, taking all the ideas and the experiences in, in, in sharing them with you guys and putting them in the training center. So let's see what we got here. Uh, George said you can bring the MSL into the MMA space. Mental strength is applicable to that as well. Expand the brand MSL MMA. Well, if you guys helped me get the first official, uh, fight registered in sanctioned, we can do it. MSL verse MLS, hashtag rent, still free David versus Goliath match. Right? Ben, Ben, Ben Olson said, he'd be the first person to purchase the ticket. You guys just got to get the hype train going so we can, we can make that thing happen. Um, let's see what we got here. Uh,
Quincy Amarikwa (25:25):
Quincy Amarikwa (25:25):
Yeah, there we go. That I was going to pull up the other stuff. So I'll find the other things that I was Okay here. Um, the one on is Anthony said in response to the overthinking answer, I've had issues thinking too much, not just in society, but in soccer as well. Sometimes I think too much when I have the ball. Okay. Sometimes I think too much when I have the ball. Okay. Then the question I have for you is when do you know, you're thinking too much? What tells you that you're thinking too much? Like what's the trigger and how long, how much time are you spending in space overthinking before you realize you're overthinking? Um, and while, you know, or wait to hear back from you on that, Jordan said, uh, your Jordan said how to exceed expectations, well, to, to exceed expectations. You just have to, uh, under promise and over deliver. So if I think I can, you know, if I think I can jump 10 times, if I know I can jump 10 times and I bet you that I can jump five times
Quincy Amarikwa (26:43):
And we agreed
Quincy Amarikwa (26:44):
To that, and then you see me jumped in, I just exceeded expectations. I think the biggest problem is, uh, people aren't honest with themselves, which is the first step of the three S's of self awareness, self honesty. And there might be only capable of doing five jumps right now, but they'll make claims and make promises that they can jump do 10. And then even if you, somehow, if you get to 10, let's say you double your output. If you can only do 10, and like you ha you're super mentally strong and you push yourself super far and you can even, you get to 10 and that's doubling your output. You're literally just meeting expectations at that point in time. And that's not, as that's not perceived as great or advantageous or high level as the expectation is five and you, you go 10. So, uh, just like soccer, subjective, yellow cards are subjective.
Quincy Amarikwa (27:38):
Fouls are subjective, right? Expectations are also subjective. And what might be a high expectation for you might be a low expectation for someone else and vice versa. So that breakdown is just breaking down how to create a system of exceeding expectations. But that also doesn't mean that that is a system. It doesn't mean your output is good enough. So let me break that down even more. So I just use the numbers number system. Is that like, okay, if you say, if you believe in, no, you can do 10 and you set the expectation at five and you, you exceed expectations and hit 10. Um, you could see that as good, but if what's required to make it into the pro level or get into this program, or this class is jumping 50 times, it doesn't matter if you exceeded expectations of five to 10, the requirement was 50 or the threshold was 50. So that's why pre long-term planning and slow and steady wins the race and slow, incremental improvements over time is, is the best path to success. And why I say the best path is because it, it creates the greatest opportunity for you to maintain success, which is the thing that is most difficult.
Quincy Amarikwa (29:07):
And that's something that most people don't realize. A lot of people get to a high level of success or proficiency, but very few get there and remain there for a long duration of time. That's a different level of discipline and mentality. Um, speaking of that, that's very similar to like a, like a Tom Brady, right? In, in terms of one getting to a level that nobody expects you to get to you. I forget what they said in terms of his, he was like a hundred and something pick in the draft or something to that effect, um, to then also learn and study his craft over time, figure out ways to stick around long enough to get a shot. And then once gets his shot, maintains it, and then figures out a way in which to parlay that into a prolonged career and, uh, in a more integral part of the system and continually evolving.
Quincy Amarikwa (30:06):
So, uh, I guess the, the theme of the theme of the episode is, uh, evolution, right? Um, and you guys already know what that is. That's the MSL mentality adapt or die. And, um, we were talking about how to continually evolve and grow over time, evolve your thinking over time, um, and how to go about doing that in a sustainable manner. But yeah, you guys are coming with it coming with it today, which I'd love to see. Um, uh, yeah, no, it was good seeing you guys back and forth, having some conversations in here. Um, speaking of other stuff that's been going on, I just attended the athletes and, um, workshop with the NFL PA. That was insightful. Um, I was trying to, let me see if I find the, we got to do gifts, get to make it, get it. Uh, it's going super fast. You did do some gift action. Put, put, put, put, put up
Quincy Amarikwa (31:16):
When the game is over and after his divorce, he will say some of those doors start there.
Quincy Amarikwa (31:20):
Yeah. Okay. So then that was the clip of it. I was trying to get it, but the gifts going way too fast, 80 faster. Um, but yeah, that was, that was a good workshop, uh, being a part of that. Um, wha what's what else being up? Oh, well, I don't have a screenshot of it. I show you guys. I just did the, uh, New York red bulls panel as well today. Um, which I think there'll be publishing here at the end of, at the end of the month, they're doing, uh, a panel for black history month and discussing, um, just the, the U S soccer system and how to improve it. And, and the overall the changes that, that each person at every different, you know, position as play from a player perspective and a player role to, you know, um, in the executive roles and positions to the staff positions and in other, so that should be coming out in the next, I want to say a week or two, I think Connor laid helped help coordinate that and put it together.
Quincy Amarikwa (32:29):
So, um, shout out Connor on that side. Um, that was very cool of him to do and put together. Um, yeah, I was thinking about it. I played with Connor for like two weeks when I was with a fun fact on, if anybody knows I've signed with a New York, red fool officially signed for like a day, but I was with them for two weeks or a little over two weeks before I signed. And then as I signed, we did a signing deal for me to sign with them and then trade to Toronto at that time. But I had met Connor while I was, while I was there. Um, that was a good time. Uh, my time with New York red bulls was short, but it was very, it had a very lasting impression on me. I really enjoyed my time while I was, while I was there. That was also while, um, TT was there, teary Henri was there. And, uh, know maybe one day I'll share some of those stories, uh, as to kinda what I learned from, from that experience. Um, yeah,
Quincy Amarikwa (33:28):
And I I've learned a lot from that experience. Actually, that's making me, self-reflect a lot of takeaways from that time is a short time, but I learned a lot. It was, it was, it was a great time we had talked about,
Quincy Amarikwa (33:39):
They're also got to see Andre [inaudible], who also played for New York red bulls. We had played together for the Colorado Rapids back in 2010. Um, he works for the league now, ours has worked for the league for a few years now, but it was also on the panel. So, um, definitely make sure you guys check that out. Um, when, when you get a chance, Amani, uh, Dorsey was, um, was also there. Uh, she's been doing some great work with the black women's players collective, and for those who've been sticking around for a while, you guys have heard and seen the, the partnership that BPC and BWPC officially came together on, um, to continue the mini pitch initiative with us soccer foundation and Adidas. So, um, um, yeah, so ed, ed foster Simeon, the CEO of us soccer foundation was on the panel as well, and Oh, um, Dennis Hamlet of New York, red bulls, um, as well.
Quincy Amarikwa (34:36):
And, um, he was at the original mini pitch launching at Newark New Jersey, um, kicking, kicking everything off. So it's, it's been, it's been amazing to see the, see and hear, um, hear about the, the work that's being done behind, behind the scenes, um, and the things that are in the impact that a lot of the systems, processes, initiatives, and programs that, um, you know, everyone has been actively working on and, and the inclusive, more equitable end goal. We're all working towards. Excuse me. So, yeah, just trying to give you guys more real, like in the moment updates as to stuff, cause sometimes I'm just like I'm in it and I'm just collecting data and trying to, you know, process everything, understand everything help as I can, um, connect people with the right people, um, share as best of guidance as I possibly can with my, you know, my current understanding and, and, um, everything that comes along with that.
Quincy Amarikwa (35:51):
So, um, let's see. Um, the real Elden said, yeah, Anthony meets you, man. Sometimes I freak out on the wall from overthinking and make some poor decisions. So it sounds like, um, uh, several of you ran into that. So as I scroll, I'll get to see a little bit more, um, and get a little bit more feedback from you guys. So maybe we could dive into that a little bit deeper. Uh, what's more fun playing soccer or setting up America acres who let's say they're I say they're equally fun. Cause I'm setting up America acres to allow me to play more soccer. So we just laid down. Um, uh, so like compacted concrete and um, across like a good, a good amount of space. And uh, I want to build, I'm going to build like a, like a frame so I can have the goal and I can start doing more like actual soccer skills training and drill training out there. So, um, that'll be dope.
Quincy Amarikwa (36:55):
Um, I think it's just about knowing what's going to happen before it happens. Be a step ahead of the game. Okay. I love this. I love seeing you guys kinda, um, have conversations, help each other because you already know teamwork makes the dream work and your network is your net worth. So I love seeing everybody networking and sharing insights and thoughts and helping each other out. Um, okay. So the one on is Anthony said in response to you asking what the trigger is definitely when I'm getting pressure and have no options to pass to you. I don't normally take people on. Okay. Okay. So I better understand how you play the game. So then, so then I let's see who had said earlier because they were on the right path or decision who said that. Okay. Oh, okay. I think you said, I think it's just about knowing what's going to happen before it happens.
Quincy Amarikwa (37:52):
Okay. So that was you thinking through the problem and issue and that's what I'm saying. Yeah. You're on the right path. So, um, if you don't have any options in the current moment, how did you end up getting into that position on the field? So was there a better way to approach your movement to get, to make sure when you did have the ball, you were in a position where you had options and if that wasn't the case, was there a better time that you could've communicated with a teammate to help get them into a better position so that when you received the ball, they're an option. So there's multiple ways to break it down, right? You could, you could share information if you have, you know, if you built enough rapport with the team and know enough respect with your teammates and people, um, are wanting to listen to you and hear you or, or, um, which is, which is one thing, right?
Quincy Amarikwa (38:48):
So like, let's say you have that. Then if you're able to, um, share information with them earlier enough to where they trust the information you're giving and they react based on that and get into better advantageous positions, that's one way in which you can always make sure there's options. Um, you can get into really difficult situations, but you could have, you could be working so well on your, uh, your, uh, first touch in ball control and ball skill to be able to maneuver and get out of those situations. Um, you can work on long range passing to over bypass that like you got a lot of options you really needed to break down the game to the parts of it that you enjoy most. And that you're most passionate about. Um, getting really good at, uh, because I think if it's between being a specialtist specialist where you're only, you're only really, really good at one thing, and you're below average at everything, or you're, um, above average, like average at everything, but not really good at any one thing. Um, I'd, I'd pick the specialist because the specialist is, uh, is a player that will be integral to a system, which means you'll be the most valuable, or you can become the most valuable piece of a system. Um,
Quincy Amarikwa (40:09):
Quincy Amarikwa (40:10):
That's, that's me, right. That's me, my approach and my thinking, uh, specialist is better than, you know, generalist. It's good, but, but at the end of the day, there has to be something that you are extremely, extremely good at which, which when it becomes, it comes down to a decision between you and someone else, they can't afford to let you go. Um, and that takes time to develop like, and you know, and your specialty can change over time. Um, but understand that it takes a lot of time, effort and energy to develop a specialty or expertise in any one particular, uh, particular thing. Um, let's see, uh, Willis said, uh, thank you for the great answers. Of course, thanks for sticking around and, and the questions.
Quincy Amarikwa (41:11):
Quincy Amarikwa (41:17):
I said Quincy with the drip, he know, you know what it is, um, uh, official coach Edgar dropped by going, well, how are you doing? Okay. George said, teary, Henri might be heading to born born Mo mouth born mouth. You guys already know. I don't know, like team names outside of MLS. So is, is, is teary already call it quits within MLS or what's the deal? Air Quakers mirror. Quiet Quakers. Yeah. America acres of mirror quake, Amera equate, Amera Quakers. I like that. [inaudible] that's a good one. Uh, Mark Tackett joined. What's going on brother? Uh, T a I Y E F a K Christian. Charles, could you Jr. Let's see what we got here. All right. Let's see. Okay. I don't know if, do you have any advice on becoming a pro soccer player? I'm 14. My dream is to be a professional soccer player.
Quincy Amarikwa (42:46):
, so that comes in from ice capital IC one, five, six, seven, nine, six. I can't see your whole question, but yeah, I do have some advice on becoming a soccer pro soccer player. Um, I definitely, we head over to perfect soccer skills.com/p S T M, and create yourself a, your free members, um, account and you get access to our books, um, and some of our training center resources, which will lay out for you, um, how to best approach, um, developing yourself. So you can maximize your, your likelihood or chances to playing at the professional level. So there's a lot that goes into it and it is a marathon, not a sprint. So for me to say that, excuse me, I could describe everything that's required to getting to the professional level in just one, you know, five minute segment I can not, but what I can do is direct you over to link kid that can set you on the path to get access to everything that you could possibly need on that journey. And I would doubly, incentivize or encourage you to get, to grab yourself or upgrade to a perfect soccer subscription, um, so that you can, um, fully tap into. Yeah, it was really, I'm just w w everyone, what is really making me think through is just like the amount of resources, insight, experience, and, um, access that players have today to be able to gain insights and, and get mentorship. And on this journey is just like, it still blows my mind. Cause I'm just thinking about, you know, where I started was just like,
Quincy Amarikwa (44:43):
Quincy Amarikwa (44:43):
Even if you wanted to search for answers to these types of questions, there wasn't even platforms that existed that allowed you to do so. It's like, it's a, I guess what I'm saying is don't take this for granted, right? Don't take these live shows for granted. Don't take access to the internet for granted. Don't take the access to, you know, these platforms for, to, for granted because like information and access is great, but if you're not executing on these ideas or this insight or this experience, you're, you're, you're just, I think it's worse. It's, I think it's worse than not having access in the first place. Cause you, you, you have access and you're not utilizing it. You're not taking advantage of it. You're not applying it at the very least, um, let alone even paying for it most of the time. Like, I mean, we, as humans, we, as humans can find things to complain about and things that are wrong with everything, which I think is just part of human nature, but
Quincy Amarikwa (45:49):
To focus on things that aren't okay
Quincy Amarikwa (45:51):
To focus your attention on things other than solutions to problems with the access to information, tools and resources we have to today, I just think is a very, um, poor use of the limited human time and experience that we, that we have here, um, together. And I'm, I'm very optimistic and confident that
Quincy Amarikwa (46:17):
Quincy Amarikwa (46:17):
As humans are realizing that and, and doing better, you know, but it's also good to have constant reminders, which is what the I'm in your head emojis, um, is represents, uh, on top of the many other, uh, ideas and philosophies of the mental strength league, Um, loving that spam in that heart button. Um,
Quincy Amarikwa (46:53):
Quincy Amarikwa (46:57):
Uh, the woman who was Anthony said ever considered making a mobile app for perfect soccer. Yes, I have. That does take a decent amount of money if I'm going to pay someone to do that. And, um, so I think it'd be valuable and worth doing. Um, I don't have, yeah, I don't have the money to invest in doing that right now. And, um, haven't been making enough money to make that investment in. So, um, I think the we've got the mobile application basically right now where you can log in and get access to everything. And maybe it would come down to if we, if I had more requests of people who were utilizing the platform and would, would enjoy an app and make sense or know what would make sense if, if we're getting like 50 to a hundred people who sign up for the perfect soccer subscription, then for me, that lets me know it's worth me taking that money and putting it into developing the app.
Quincy Amarikwa (48:06):
That's really what it is, right? Like a lot of the information, everything we share in a lot of stuff that I've shared for a very long time, it's free access. You can get access to everything on here for free, if you want to do the work to figure it out. Um, which is how it should be, to be honest. Um, but there also needs to be a paid. Uh, there needs to be a way for us, for, for me to make money on it so I can, so I can validate that continuing to invest my time and money into building these things out. Isn't just me building things that I think are cool because I think they're cool. And I would have used them if I were, you know, 12, 13, 1922, whatever. Now I've got to allow time for the audience to show me that it's worth continuing to invest in those things.
Quincy Amarikwa (48:58):
And whether that's, you know, a perfect soccer team member who, who knows how to code and how to make applications, wants to come on board and, and make one for the community that we can leverage and use to keep it free. I'm all for that. Um, but I do understand that those systems, processes, skill sets, those, you know, those take time and it, and expertise and money and, um, yeah, just 11 with you guys keeping it real. You know what I mean? Like at the end of the day, uh, businesses have to make money. Um, so they can continue to pay employees and continue to invest in R and D and create new products and services. And, um, we've made a lot create a lot, and there's a lot of amazing access tools or resources here, uh, but not making enough money to, to keep, uh, to, to, uh, yeah, I'm not making enough money at this point in time, um, to, to put the money up, to make those things happen.
Quincy Amarikwa (50:02):
So definitely if it's a community effort, if this is my way of asking, I'm saying, Hey, if you're someone who knows how to code or develop an app and you're wanting to, um, uh, make one for us in the community, um, I am all for that. And, uh, please send an email to email@example.com and let us know, um, you know, kind of stuff you've worked on. If you've done it before, like what you could do and how to, how to help make that happen. Because I do think it would be of great value to the community. And I'd love to make that happen if there, if we could do it. Um, Minnesota does dot X. I and said, just got permanently, moved up to my club's premiere team. Wish me luck. Well, good luck. Congratulations. And, uh, what do you think helped make that happen? Like what, what were you doing? Um, what were you doing to, to make that move and, and, and get to the level to be called up or, or pulled up. And I'm also can full comment as well. All right. Um, everyone, we've got about five minutes left here before we'll wrap it up for today's episode. So if you guys got any other questions, drop them in the chat now.
Quincy Amarikwa (51:41):
Okay. So, um, Minnesota said, honestly, I just go into every training and game with the mindset that I may not be the most talented, but no one will outwork me. I like that. I like that. You're highly specialized. Um, that's a good focus. That's a good focus. Cause that's something that's always within your control, how hard you work. And, um, if, if things don't pan out exactly as you're, you were hoping at least, you know, you can rest your hat on that. And then you can go to the drawing board and then think through and think through, and work on, Excuse me, think through and work on a plan of attack so that you come back stronger and better. So that's dope. Yep. Electrical said good luck, man. Um, what else was here
Quincy Amarikwa (52:46):
Trying to think?
Quincy Amarikwa (52:49):
The little ones started doing more of theirs, their soccer training and practice. Okay. Let's get one. Um, J J a J J one, two, three had asked, are you reading any books at the moment? Quincy and no, I'm not. And I realized that today that I I'm not reading any, I I'm not, I haven't been reading any, um, books, uh, because my wife has a new book that she's reading that I saw sitting in the car today when I was getting out. And I was like, I need to, I need to get some new books to read. Um, I've been, I've been, um, reading a lot of like articles and, um, listening to a lot of people speak. So like people speaking can be like, they're telling their life story. That's like a book, but like sitting down and reading a book. Um, I haven't, I haven't been, I haven't been doing that as much as I used to in the past. And I think it was also for me,
Quincy Amarikwa (53:53):
Excuse me. I'm trying to think through what I would want to read.
Quincy Amarikwa (54:02):
Yeah. Well actually, yeah, the most recent book I read was, uh, uh, an SMA inverter, uh, uh, owner's manual. So the thing is like 200 pages of just like how, how it works at layer. I was telling you guys, I was going super deep into each just, uh, farming and solar and all of that. So I've been watching a lot of like tutorial videos and, and reading owner's manuals. But I don't, I don't count those as like actual books. Uh, how about, uh, how about you what's, what's some books that you guys are reading. Um, yeah. What are some books that you guys are reading?
Quincy Amarikwa (54:44):
Quincy Amarikwa (54:44):
I'm hitting them in them limits today has been a, uh, an eventful one. Okay. Yeah. That's what it was pitch black had a, did the call. I was looking at my schedule. I was like, man, why am I tired? Yeah. Uh, pitch-black had a workshop called that they did earlier today. This morning, we did all the work with, uh, perfect soccer and getting that up to speed. We did the New York rebels panel, and then I had my meetings with, uh, my executive assistant and then my chief cultural officer and then prep for the show. And now we're doing the show. So, um, yeah.
Quincy Amarikwa (55:29):
Quincy Amarikwa (55:30):
He hasn't read any books is what you're telling me. I'm not seeing anybody dropping any books down here, I guess. That's all right. I guess that's all right. Uh, you guys got audio books, uh, audio versions of books, um, on the perfect soccer podcast and perfect soccer radio, I guess that's a great play for perfect soccer skills.com/radio. Um, okay. Said, uh, JJ AJJ one, two, three said reading, uh, reading. Can't hurt me by David Goggins and listening on audible. Okay. Okay. That's the second thing we talked about, uh, David Goggins last week or the week before, um, can't hurt me. Okay. Someone did someone send me that maybe have a read of that one? Um, Joe Jack said, you'll Quincy. I know we're getting to the near the end of the live. Here's the wanted to say thank you for another great one and have a great week.
Quincy Amarikwa (56:33):
Thank you very much, Joe. I appreciate that. And he dropped them. I'm in your head emojis and right back at you brother, um, uh, labor pools had been a busy day for you. Yeah. A productive day. I won't say busy, productive. Um, I'm getting real dialed in on, um, yeah, real dialed in, on breaking down. Uh, my schedule. So time management, I tell you guys time management is, is, uh, is a massively advantageous skill. And, um, it's figuring out how to re like, I don't even know how I talk. How do I say it? How to like restructure my time, um, to fit my short-term long-term goals, family goals, business schools, uh, soccer goals. So it can all work in, uh, the right #frequincy.
Quincy Amarikwa (57:34):
That's what has been about you guys dialing in on the frequency and I, and I think I've cracked that code. So I'm ex I'm excited for, uh, what, 2021. Um, Hmm. Joe Jackson said, I read a book about soccer mentality not too long ago after I read the perfect soccer player blueprint. Uh, nice. Thanks for the plug, bro. Um, yeah, I recalled the frequency. Exactly. So, um, maybe, maybe it makes sense if, if, if you guys are interested, I can do maybe like a private zoom call where we're breaking down or I'll show you like, uh, my week schedule, what it is that I'm doing, how I manage it, that kind of stuff. If you guys are interested in stuff like that. Um, yeah. Uh, thinking of thinking of new and cool ways that we can, we can peel back that curtain and share how things work and, and creating, uh, creating more experiences for the community.
Quincy Amarikwa (58:39):
So, so that we can all continue to thrive on moving forward, but that we'll, we'll call it a wrap. Um, for, I want to say we're episode one Oh four, check that for sure. Uh, before, before I started, but I think it's episode one of four, the hashtag has show and, uh, I want to thank everybody for joining us on the live. Um, uh, everyone's engagement for the entire hour was amazing to see. I can, I can tell that everybody is making a lot of progress and upgrading them that mental software. So thanks to everyone who, uh, stop by and who stuck around the entire, the entire episode or show. I will see everybody, same time, same place, 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM EST
Quincy Amarikwa (59:22):
On the perfect soccer account. And there's always, I mean, your head. Thanks everybody. See you next week.