Dre Baldwin is the CEO and Founder of Work On Your Game Inc. He invented his Work On Your Game framework as a “roadmap in reverse” to help professionals with mindset, strategy, accountability, and execution.
In just 5 years, Dre went from the end of his high school team’s bench to a 9-year professional basketball career. He played in 8 countries including Lithuania, Germany, Montenegro, Slovakia, and Germany.
He has given 4 TEDx Talks on discipline, confidence, mental toughness, and personal initiative and has authored 33 books. He has appeared in national campaigns with Nike, Finish Line, Wendy’s, Gatorade, Buick, Wilson Sports, STASH Investments, and DIME magazine.
Dre has published over 8,000 videos to 142,000+ subscribers and his content has been viewed over 100 million times. Dre’s daily Work On Your Game Podcast has over 2,600 episodes and more than 7 million downloads.
Listen in for some great takeaways about the impact of Dre’s life experiences to help entrepreneurs formulate the mindset, strategy, and systems to build a business.
You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in…
- Learn more about Dre Baldwin and “Work On Your Game” [2:40]
- What Dre’s journey as a professional athlete taught him [9:31]
- How to build genuine self-confidence when facing adversity [12:48]
- How he got the nickname “Dre All Day” [15:53]
- What inspired Dre to give away FREE content on YouTube? [19:17]
- The 4 principles of “Work On Your Game” [30:21]
- Dre’s tips for people trying to break out of their old mindset/habits [31:07]
- Dre’s #1 piece of advice for his younger self [32:27]
- What Dre did today that put him in the mindset for success [33:24]
Learn more about Dre Baldwin and “Work On Your Game”
Dre taught himself how to play basketball. He didn’t make his high school basketball team until his senior year and spent most of it on the bench. He was a walk-on candidate in college and played in a Division III school.
He had to find someone to represent him to help him find somewhere to play professionally. More players take this career path than is truly talked about. Most athletes have to grind their way up.
Dre started putting videos of him playing basketball on YouTube well before it was popular and began building an audience. He started creating products and courses and consistently released content.
He began to build his name on YouTube—but not as a professional athlete. That was the foundation of “Work On Your Game.”
How to build genuine self-confidence when facing adversity
What is confidence? According to Dre, it’s your belief in your ability to do something. Where does confidence come from? It’s a result of discipline. The discipline you have will feed your confidence. If you put in the work, it will build confidence. But sometimes you need to borrow the confidence from someone who’s already succeeded.
Who’s your favorite player? How do they walk into the gym? What kind of energy do they have? Assume their posture. Put yourself in their mindset. Go perform based on your discipline and build your confidence in yourself. You’re becoming what you desire to be.
What structure do you need in place to do the work daily? Will you show up and do the work?
How Dre began monetizing his content
Dre was involved in network marketing for a while—and while it’s no longer something he’s doing—he feels that network marketing taught him things about entrepreneurship that he’d never learned in college while earning his business degree.
80% of network marketing is helping everyday people learn about business. The things he learned were eye-opening and made perfect sense. It’s also why he started reading personal development books by Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, etc. Dre read “Think and Grow Rich,” “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” and “The 4-Hour Workweek” and started implementing the principles he learned.
One of the recommendations was to run Google ads for a product that didn’t exist yet to prove the concept. When someone clicked the option to buy the product or course, a page would explain that it wasn’t ready yet but that they could get on an email list to purchase it when it was ready. If enough people clicked on that button, you’d have a viable product that you should start selling.
It’s how Dre proved that his courses would sell. Then he started sharing about the course on YouTube. That’s when he realized he could take an idea in his head and convert it into money.
The 4 principles of “Work On Your Game”
These four principles are the foundation of everything that Dre does:
- The discipline to show up every day to do the work
- The confidence to put yourself out there boldly
- The mental toughness to keep showing up and doing the work when success is late to the party
- The ability to make things happen instead of waiting for them to happen
But how do you break out of old mindsets to work on your game? Dre emphasizes that you have to break out of your old habits and routines. How do you do that?
Read books that give you a different perspective. Change the actions that you take. Challenge your long-held beliefs. If you don’t like the results you’ve been getting, change what you’re taking into your mind and heart.
Learn more about how to “work on your game” in this episode of Mitlin Money Mindset®.
Resources & People Mentioned
- Text 305-384-6894 to get a daily motivational text
- POP!: Create the Perfect Pitch, Title, and Tagline for Anything
- Think and Grow Rich
- Rich Dad Poor Dad
- The 4-Hour Workweek
- Work On Your Game University
- Work on Your Game Podcast
Connect with Dre Baldwin
As CEO and Founder of Work On Your Game Inc., Dre Baldwin has given 4 TEDxTalks on Discipline, Confidence, Mental Toughness & Personal Initiative and has authored 33 books. He has appeared in national campaigns with Nike, Finish Line, Wendy’s, Gatorade, Buick, Wilson Sports, STASH Investments and DIME magazine.
Dre has published over 8,000 videos to 142,000+ subscribers, his content being viewed over 100 million times.
Dre’s daily Work On Your Game Podcast has over 2,600 episodes and more than 7 million downloads.
In just 5 years, Dre went from the end of his high school team’s bench to a 9-year professional basketball career. He played in 8 countries including Lithuania, Germany, Montenegro, Slovakia and Germany.
Dre invented his Work On Your Game framework as a “roadmap in reverse” to help professionals with mindset, strategy, accountability and execution.
A Philadelphia native, Dre lives in Miami.
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