We had the good fortune of connecting with Marcus Benitez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marcus, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
The most important decision I made was to invest 100% into my craft.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
So what I do for My profession is that I am a Basketball trainer. A lot of my clientele are professional basketball players that play out of the country. I also train a lot of top college players and also a few top players in high school in the state of Georgia. I was grateful enough to play basketball for four years out of the country. In between that time I was training kids for extra money just to stay in the gym. A lot of my close friends also play high-level professionally overseas. Every time that they’re home, they always come to me and asked to work them out, even though I was still playing myself. I was at a point in my life to where I believe all basketball players come to. I need to make a decision to continue playing basketball, work for somebody’s company, or continue to do something I love to do on my own. I’m grateful to have a few successful people in my corner to where they made me realize that that I have a gift of teaching the game. So I stuck to it and business been good. It wasn’t an easy transition because there are a lot of Trainer’s out, here especially in Atlanta. Good thing about this sport it’s a small world. Because of my résumé, and people been knowing me from hooping kind of help. I feel like once you have good value, things will come to you. Still was hard some days, because I thought in order to get my brand name out there, I had to take some losses. My losses are, not charging some players my worth, and paying for gym time and not breaking even, paying for equipment yeah I barely use. But I stuck with it and players started to see the value I bring and the big change in their game.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Yes my guy Noah Brown. Wasn’t for him and the long talks, I wouldn’t be close to where I’m progressing now.