The Question Everyone Wanted to Know

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Drum Associates’ new blog series by Tricia Liston discussing her path from moving on from her athletic career to a corporate career.

“Are you still playing basketball?” (I have played basketball my whole life, 24 years; at Duke and professionally in the WNBA as well as overseas.) In the last year, this was a question that I could not go a day without hearing. It’s a question I had heard my whole life, but it was particularly hard and confusing for me to hear it this past year. I, in my head, had decided that I was officially done playing basketball but had not moved on to another job nor had I declared this decision out loud. Looking back on it, I think it was because I was not sure how people would react. What would they say? What would they think of me? Would people close to me be angry? So, every time I heard the question, I would beat around the bush. Basketball was all I knew and I had no idea what came next. It was such a confusing time for me as it is for all other athletes who eventually move on in their lives away from their respective sports. There are so many emotions and thoughts that go through our heads. After all, we are putting something behind us that we dedicated our whole life to up until this very moment. Everyone comes to a point in their lives where they make a huge life decision or a pivotal change in their career path and it is one of the most difficult and intimidating things in life. There is no way around it but I have come to learn that the most powerful thing you can do is to be confident in yourself and your decisions and to keep moving forward.

-Tricia Liston, Drum Associates

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