First and foremost, I'd like to start by saying that we are always thrilled to speak to a man who we know to be a great leader, and a really good friend, Jay-R Strowbridge. Jay-R has been a part of this programs growth for a long time now. He brings HOPE to many, he lives by FAITH, he is guy a that will definitely WORK hard, and he has a special way to display a Christ-like LOVE to those in need.
Jay-R has accomplished many feats in basketball, and in life in general. He is an ambassador, with the mindset that Failure Is Not An Option #F.I.N.A.O. Grinding Hard and Praying Daily is just a way of living for Jay-R and his wife Jeanette. Here is a bit of inside information on what Mr. Strowbridge has to share about his life as a PRO!!!
NLP: How has life after college basketball been?
It's Been a JOURNEY, But I Wouldn't Change A Thing. This Journey Has Been A Humbling Experience, But What Keeps Me Going Is Knowing that Every Day I Am Getting A Step Closer To My Goals And Dreams. I've Had Good Moments And Bad Moments, But What Has Kept Me Going Is My Faith.
NLP: What were you able to learn thus far about being a professional basketball player?
I Have Learned 4 Things Thus Far In Order To Be A Significant Professional Basketball Player. They Are
#1 FAITH - You Have To Believe The Dreams You Had as A Kid Can Become Reality. Their Will Be Dark Days, But Your FAITH Has To Be Stronger Than Your Fear. You Have To Believe Your Hardwork Is Not In Vain And Remember GOD Rewards The Diligent Worker. It Requires FAITH To Make Your Dreams Become Reality.
#2 RESILIENT - You Will Experience Rejection At Some Point In Your Career, But You Cannot Allow It To Penetrate. You Have To Be Resilient. You Must Refuse To Give Up Or Give In Until You Receive The Prize. Your Mindset Has To Be that Failure Is Not An Option.
#3 COMMITMENT - You Have To Be Dedicated To Your Craft. It Requires Waking Up Early, Staying Up. I Have Sacrificed Sleep In Order To Sustain Success As A Professional Basketball Player. You Have To Go ALL IN.
#4 PREPARTION - Preparation Is Extremely Important. Anyone Can Say They Are Going To Be A Professional Basketball Player Making Millions of Dollars, But There's A Differences Between Working vs Wishing. You Have To WORK While No One Is Watching. You Have To Be READY. You Have To Be In The Best Shape Of Your Life Because At Any Moment The Opportunity Of Lifetime Could Present Itself.
NLP: How much of a part does your attitude play in reaching your basketball goals?
Attitude Is Everything. Your Attitude Can Impact The Culture For Good Or Bad. My Attitude Is To Be the Hardest Worker In The Business And To Bring The Most Energy. I Have Embraced This Philosophy That I Will Grind Hard & Pray Daily Because Failure Is Not An Option. This Motto Has Became A Way Of Life For Me And I Have Been Able To Achieve My Goals With This Mindset.
NLP: Has the journey ever been easy? Explain.
The Journey Has Not Been Easy At All, But I LOVE EVERY MOMENT OF IT!!!! It's The Journey That Makes Us Who We Are. During This Journey I Have Made A Lot Of Sacrifices To Reach My Goals & Dreams. I Have Experienced Lost Of Friends, And Family Members During This Journey. One Point I Had Went 259 Days Without A Job. It Was Crazy Because The Year Before I Had Played In The NBA D League And For A German Team That Played In Euroleague (NBA Of European Basketball). Even Now As A Married Man It's A Grind Because You Never Know When The Next Contract Will Come, But I Experienced GOD's Faithfulness For Myself. He Was Jehovah Jireh When I Needed Him The Most. In This Process I Learned That My Job Is To Be Obedient And His Job Is To Take Care of The Outcomes.
NLP: How have you been able to remain focus on your dreams in spite of the challenges that life bring?
What Keeps Me Focus Is My Relationship With GOD And My Family. I Know HE Will Never Leave Me Nor Forsake Me. That Principle Has The Power To Override My Feelings. My Family Helps Me Remain Focus Because They Are My Support System. Also, They Are The Reason Why I Work So Hard. They Are The Main Reason I Am A Professional Basketball Player. It's Because Of Their Prayers.
NLP: What would you tell a child that wants to pursue basketball as a profession?
Hardwork Makes Dreams Come True!!!
NLP: How has your faith in God assisted you in your journey?
JESUS IS THE REASON I AM HERE NOW. I Experienced For Myself The True Meaning That "I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me."-Philippians 4:13 I'm Not Suppose To Be In The Position I Am Today, But He Had Showed Me That There's No Limits And No Boundaries For The Person Who Believes. It's Because GOD Heard The Prayers Of My Family, & Friends That I Am Here Today. It's Because Of His Grace That I Have Been Able To Travel Around The World Playing This Game I Love While Expressing His Love To Strangers.