“The best advice I can give a young person would be that everything you can and will achieve are only earned through hard work, diligence, perseverance and your attitude. I figured out pretty early in my life that no one owes you anything. You have to go out there and earn your stripes. You have to be willing to put in the ground work to achieve your goals. The only things that you can control in your life is your attitude, preparation and effort!”
I had the pleasure to interview Chris Manhertz Carolina Panthers, tight end.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?
I am coming into my fourth year of playing in the NFL. I am a former basketball player that decided to make the transition to play football at the conclusion of my senior year. Prior to that, I had ZERO football experience. It is by far the most challenging thing I’ve done and one of the best accomplishments of my life to date.
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
I’ve had the privilege of coming across some great people during my time in the league. Coming from the basketball court to the football field wasn’t the easiest thing to do in the world but guys like Drew Brees and Ben Watson made it a lot easier for me to adjust to the pros. They’ve led by example on multiple occasions and showed me what it is to be a professional and a sustainable player in this league. Those traits and qualities are still carried with me to this day.
What would you advise to a young person who aspires to follow your footsteps and emulate your career? What advice would you give?
The best advice I can give a young person would be that everything you can and will achieve are only earned through hard work, diligence, perseverance and your attitude. I figured out pretty early in my life that no one owes you anything. You have to go out there and earn your stripes. You have to be willing to put in the ground work to achieve your goals. The only things that you can control in your life is your attitude, preparation and effort!
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I am an active member when it comes to giving back to the community. As professional athletes we have a platform to make a positive change and influence a lot of people. I try my best to reach out especially to the youth and show them that anything is possible with hard work. Whether it be going to schools to talk to kids or participating in youth camps to let others know that there should be no limits on the on the things they can do.
Is there a particular person that made a profound difference in your life to whom you are grateful? Can you share a story?
I’ve been blessed and fortunate to have both parents in my life. They are the backbone as to why I’ve been able to achieve success due to the traits that were instilled at a very young age.
Can you share your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Why does that resonate with you so much?
“Whether you think you can or think you cant, your right”- Henry Ford
This particular quote resonates with me because it shows that your mentality and your attitude about things can greatly influence your outcome.
Can you Share “5 Work Ethic Lessons That We Can Learn From Athletes”?
- Do more than what is required of you
- It is not a mistake. It is a LESSON.
- Control the things you can control (attitude, preparation, effort)
- Stay in your own lane. You are the only person that can dictate your pace.
- The more you do something, the better you become at it.
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this. :-)
I would love to sit down and tap into the mind of Warren Buffet. I would want to know his outlook and some keys to what has made him so successful.