After retiring from professional sports, you’ll be faced with many questions: What am I here to do? How can I best be of service? What is my purpose?

These are questions that I've been thinking about for the last couple years, during my transition away from sports. 

Ever since I walked away from football I've been trying to figure out who I am and what I should be doing with this life. I've always felt called to make a big impact in the world, but how?

The path to clarity after retiring from sports

When I first decided to give everything away to charity, buy a van, and travel the country, I wanted to feel the freedom of the open road. I wanted to finally feel what it was like without the pressure of pursuing greatness at football, something that took a lot of energy, created a lot of stress, and wore me down both physically and mentally. 

Don't get me wrong, I loved football, it provided me with so many lessons. It taught me:

  • How to be a man 
  • Mental strength
  • How to overcome both adversity and failure. 

Most importantly, it provided purpose.

retired professional sports athlete community purpose
Ali Marpet and Joe Hawley

Trying to figure out who I am and how I should spend my energy now that football is in the rear-view has been the focus of my journey over the last couple years. Although I realize that this is going to be a lifelong journey, I finally feel like I'm getting clarity on how I can show up and be of service in a purposeful way.

The importance of community when discovering your purpose

I've realized that the one thing I could have used during my transition out of football was a  community of like-minded guys. Guys that are focused on becoming the best versions of themselves, working to create a better world, for themselves, their families, and their communities.

How much smoother would my transition have been if I could have connected with guys who are focused on similar aspects of self-mastery, health and wellness, cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset, looking to fully embody the highest versions of themselves? 

I know that it would have made a huge difference in my ability to find meaning and purpose outside of the sport I had spent my entire life pursuing greatness at. 

The one thing that every athlete misses most is the locker room, the camaraderie, the connection to guys who are going through a shared experience.

The Härt Collective for retired athletes

I would have benefited from this type of community so much and I know I'm not alone. That’s why I created The Härt Collective.

"The Härt Collective is an exclusive community for former male professional athletes built to provide a safe container for like-minded men going through a similar experience to come together in support of one another on their journey to find meaning and purpose post-athletics."

I've put a lot of time and energy into this community and I'm excited to share it with the world. 

Check out the website to learn more!