Alex Rodriguez

Baseball and business with A-Rod | Business Casual with Alex Lieberman

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Key Takeaways

  • Alex Rodriguez is disappointed by the US education system not teaching financial literacy
    • “It’s arguably the most important class than any young person can take today” Alex Rodriguez
    • 78% of NFL players experience financial distress within 2 years from retirement
  • In the past years, there has been a shift of power from the institution to individuals
  • What should pro-athletes do for their finances?
    • Surround yourself with the best people in the world and build long term relationships 
      • Do so during your career, not after it
  • Many athletes don’t invest in networking
    • Whenever Alex went to a new city, he would meet with local entrepreneurs
  • 3 main lessons learned from Magic Johnson
    • You always want to stay relevant
      • Television allows you to do that and stay connected to your fans
    • Go out for speaking engagements
      • It allows you to connect to the next generation of entrepreneurs and investors
    • Surround yourself with a world-class team
  • Alex’s 90% Rule
    • He’s happy leaving 10% of the deal on the table to encourage a long term partnership
    • “It’s not fun getting rich by yourself” Alex Rodriguez
  • A lot of reputation has to do with taking a long term view
    • What can you do for your partners?
    • How can you create more win-win scenarios?

Intro

  • Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) is a former professional baseball player (3-time MVP and World Series Champion), entrepreneur, and philanthropist
  • Host: Alex Lieberman (@businessbarista)
  • In this conversation, Alex Rodriguez talks about his transition from pro baseball player to entrepreneur

What Inspired Alex to Start a Business

  • Alex had always been fascinated with business
  • He remembers having to move to different houses as a kid because of the high rent
    • He promised himself that as an adult, he wanted to be a landlord
    • In his twenties, Alex bought 2 apartment units
    • With time, he grew that to over 10,000 units in over 15 states

Financial Literacy Among Athletes

  • Alex is disappointed by the US education system not teaching financial literacy
    • “It’s arguably the most important class than any young person can take today” Alex Rodriguez
  • Some stats
    • 78% of NFL players experience financial distress within 2 years from retirement
    • 12% go bankrupt within 10 years

What Should Pro-Athletes do for their Finances?

  • Surround yourself with the best people in the world
    • Do so during your career, not after it
  • Build long term relationships with them
    • Many athletes don’t invest in networking
    • They assume that things will just come to them
    • Alex was mentored by Magic Johnson
    • Whenever Alex went to a new city, he would meet with local entrepreneurs
      • Most people love sports, so they were happy to meet with him, and teach him some business lessons
  • Have a good attorney that is not over-protective
    • As an entrepreneur, you have to take some risk, albeit calculated
  • In the past years, there has been a shift of power from the institution to individuals
    • Athletes and entertainers can now create so much more value than in the past
      • They have access to platforms that big institutions need and don’t have

What Alex Learned from Magic Johnson

  • In his 20s, Alex had the chance to meet Magic and learn the lessons he learned from his business experience
  • 3 main lessons he learned
    • You always want to stay relevant
      • Television allows you to do that and stay connected to your fans
    • Go out for speaking engagements
      • It allows you to connect to the next generation of entrepreneurs and investors
    • Make sure to surround yourself with a world-class team
      • You are the average of the 5 people you surround yourself with
      • Alex looks for people with great values “Missionaries, not mercenaries”

Lessons from Sports, Applied to Business

  • As a pro-athlete, you don’t punch a clock
    • You have to work and prepare as much as necessary
    • You have to be able to persevere through hard times and be disciplined
    • All things that entrepreneurs also need
  • 2 Rules that Alex integrated into his business
    • 10-touches
      • Alex needs to have at least 10 interactions between considering partnering with someone
      • It’s essential to also meet with people in person before partnering with them
    • 90% Rule
      • He’s happy leaving 10% of the deal on the table to encourage a long term partnership
      • “It’s not fun getting rich by yourself” Alex Rodriguez
  • Alex’s discipline is key in making sure he complies with those rules

Lessons Learned in Real Estate

  • Like in everything, work side-by-side with an expert
  • Make sure you’re dealing with people with a solid reputation
  • Consider your long-term goals before making a deal
    • Are you looking for cash flow or to create enterprise value?
    • Your goals and available resources will help you define where to invest

Building a Repuation as an Entrepreneur

  • Alex taught a class at Stanford about Reputation management
  • Young entrepreneurs often seek short-term gains and don’t think about their partners
    • In the long-term, they make a lot of mistakes
  • A lot of reputation has to do with taking a long term view
    • What can you do for your partners?
    • How can you create more win-win scenarios?

Additional Notes

  • Similarities between professional sports and business
    • Require collaboration
    • Offer tremendous upside
    • Encourage healthy competition and long-term dedication
  • Alex and Marc Lore are buying the Minnesota Timberwolves for $1.5B
    • They will start running the organization from 2023
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