Do you still want to become a pro?

08 March 2018

9 years. 9 years. 9 years.

I’ve been writing in this blog for so many years but people don’t know what happened before 100-day challenge.

In 2009, the year when Michael Jackson died.. I rocked an iPhone 3gs.. and Ronaldo was still at United.

Here was Nick Humphries saying in true unedited form that he had a dream of becoming a pro footballer.

Every single week I wrote in this diary. In this blog.

I improved so much in a short space of time.

I would schedule my workouts, write goals, exercise, analyse, reflect rinse, repeat.

Now all of what was on paper is now online. I literally made the Train Effective platform because I saw the dramatic impact of what I was doing, and wanted to give access to that to people in an easy and simple way. SO OF COURSE I WANT TO PROMOTE THAT SHIT, IT WORKS. I went from a local amateur player to a professional trialist in two years. My confidence shot up. I want to give back what I learnt.

It’s the same reason on why I want people to come to London and train with us doing the in-residence program. John Moses is the guy who got me that extra step higher and not just compete with pros, but got me to be better than them with his training.

Why am I telling you this story?

In this process there were many times I felt like giving up. Like I didn’t know if it was worth it or not.

When I would in 2010 I literally played my worst match ever at an open trial and I cried. But later that same year I trained with the Australian national team. And I got scholarship offers.

When in 2012 I was 18, I was trying out for my first semi-pro club in Australia in the NPL. Two weeks in the trial, the coaches said to me that I was one of those they were not considering for the 30-man squad. Not first team. Not reserves. But I ended up starting the first league game of the season in the first team, and scoring the first two goals in that match. We won. I scored again. I was top scorer in the league at the beginning of that season.

When in the 100-day challenge, there were all these people doubting day 1, day 2, etc but by day 100 there is all your support to keep going.

Somehow I kept going. Somehow I kept grinding.

Now here’s where I’m at now. Completely transparent:

At 24 years old, it makes hardly any sense for me to keep pursuing this pro thing. It’s just romanticism.

I am a CEO. There is a dozen people working on Train Effective. Not just me.

It is a full-scale operation that is day and night.

This is not giving up.. following my dream led me to this awesome thing I’m building now.

But something keeps driving me to the gym, to run, to train, to hustle. Even when I am dead on my feet tired from working all day. I am still driven. There is still a fire inside me to ‘make it’ in this game. To give a golden end to this story which started all those years ago. To give myself and you guys a dream ending.

I 100% think its still possible. I really do.

But, how? When I am in the drivers seat of running this operation. When I know right now is the time and place of not just me, but everyone, to help Train Effective reach millions of people around the world.

I got no answer right now, but I’m going to do my best to keep sharing this journey with you.




  1. Anonymous says:

    Nick I believe in you, I am starting my own blog soon because of you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I cannot express all you have done for me. Thank You.

In 2009, I was an average soccer player with a dream. I started this blog to document my journey from local underdog to getting offered over $100,000 in soccer scholarships, a contract to play professionally and the experience of playing in Europe.
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