Hi, I’m Nick Humphries – a top-level footballer known for training and playing in England (AFC Wimbledon), Scotland (Montrose), Holland (FC Volendam), Hungary (Vasas SC) as well as with the Australian U20 national team.
At 16 years of age, I was just your average amateur youth soccer player with limited skills, connections and confidence. Then I decided that professional football was my dream. Just one year later I was offered $120,000+ in soccer scholarships. Two years later I received a contract to play professionally in Europe.
How did I improve so quickly? Because I trained in a way that no other player did and I will show how you can do that too. You don’t need fancy academies or expensive camps to become a better player.
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[quote style=”boxed” float=”right”]I’m 14, and I’m much more determined thanks to your blog. Reading about how you trained more and how it paid off for you inspires me! [/quote]
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In 2009, when I was 16, I was in my last few years of school and living in Europe as my Dad was on work exchange. When it came to culture, I learnt how crazy Europeans were about their football. For myself, I really loved playing and watching, but that was it. I was just an average player playing for a local club. I never thought of playing professionally. I never represented any national teams or my county for that matter.
One day my life changed. I bought a self-help book from Amazon called ‘The Magic of Thinking Big’. In the book, the author talked about how to make your dreams a reality. I guess at that time, I always dismissed any thought of playing at a higher level than I was. But from reading that book, I learnt that theoretically you could achieve your dreams with belief, hard work and persistence.
If there is one thing I love about football (soccer), it’s the passion. There’s nothing more exhilarating for me than hearing the chants and roars of supporters in a stadium packed with tens of thousands of people. In my free time, I would always be looking up YouTube video’s of these electric atmosphere’s. Liverpool fans singing “You Never Walk Alone” for example. I don’t know why, but sometimes I would literally get tears in my eyes from just watching them and still do.
I thought to myself “Nick, imagine if you were a professional footballer, walking out of the tunnel to a packed stadium. Imagine scoring a goal and celebrating with thousands of your home fans.” – I’d never been more excited in my life about the possibilities. So in September 2009 I decided I would go for my dreams and set out to become a professional footballer, the same time I began my blog.
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The next six months I worked harder than I ever did with football and over time my game improved.
Fast forward to 2014, today I live in Amsterdam, Netherlands and play alongside former players of the world’s best youth academy, AFC Ajax, and of some of the top academies in Europe. –
I want my story to mean something to all of you reading this. I was not born with special abilities or talent. I was not given the best coaching. I was never the best athlete out there. I am not some sort of special human being from Mars.
You can achieve ANYTHING you want in life through hard work, never ever, ever, ever giving up and matching all of that with belief. The point I’m trying to make is…
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