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Tyson Hartnett
Tyson Hartnett is a former professional athlete, writer and entrepreneur. After achieving his Business Management degree from Rowan University, he played professional basketball in Europe and South America. Now, he is using his experiences to help athletes through the struggles and challenges they may face through their careers.

He founded a basketball training website for young basketball players to improve their skills, and also wrote a book about the mental toll sports has on athletes entitled Hoop Dreams His writing topics touch on entrepreneurship, motivation, psychology, athletics, and human development.

Most recently, he has created a program to help athletes through the mental side of their lives and careers. It can be found at

Entries by Tyson Hartnett

Why Athletes Have More Power Than They Realize

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 12:35 AM

The University of Missouri has woken up America to realize the potential of its athletes. And, from what I'm understanding, people are scared.

Hunger strikes and hundreds of students protesting for months sends a strong message. But when a group of athletes come together to make a statement? Game over.

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Reaction to the Democratic Debate From a Millennial

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 11:32 AM

After watching the first Democratic debate, it was not as entertaining as the Republican one, but politics isn't supposed to be entertaining. These people have the state of America in their hands. The candidates didn't make fun of each other and comment about who had the most money, and I...

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An Analysis of the NCAA Court Decision on Paying Athletes from a Former Collegiate Athlete

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 5:37 PM

On Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the NCAA should not pay athletes $5,000 per year. As a former collegiate athlete who has written extensively about this topic, I'm just going to be honest by saying that I agree...

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Power vs. Legitimacy: How the NFL and NCAA Have Lost Their Trust

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 5:21 PM

In Malcom Gladwell's recent book David and Goliath, he discusses the idea of power and legitimacy. He provides examples of police departments and governments with power, but how the people don't take them seriously. Yes, they can be put in jail, but to these people, it's not a big deal....

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How the 98% Actually Live

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 1:55 PM

Over the years I've read thousands of articles, hundreds of books, and digested copious amounts of videos, podcasts, and other information on motivation, human development, and life in general.

What I've seen from all these gurus, experts, writers, and other news stories is that what is reported are the extremes....

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People and Their Little Rules

(4) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 12:24 PM

Rules are everywhere in the world. You must do this, you can't do that, sometimes you can do this...

I understand rules are important, but rules are different than laws. Laws are more about keeping society in check, and punishing wrong-doers. If you steal money from someone, yes you deserve...

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A New Way of Playing Professional Basketball: Streetball

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 10:44 PM

In my experiences around athletes throughout my life, many of them don't have a plan once their sport ends. They spend their entire lives training and practicing, but once college or their professional careers are over with, they're unsure of what path to take next.

Demetrius Spencer, the CEO...

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Why Sports Are So Valuable

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 10:40 PM

Vin Diesel said in The Fast and the Furious, "I live my life a quarter mile at a time... nothing else matters." He was talking about car racing when he said it, but this is the mindset many athletes take towards their sport. Every day they're not playing is a...

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Why Athletes Go Broke and What We Can Do About It

(14) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 10:11 PM

Once you begin to play sports seriously, you will most likely spend a lot of time at it. Between games, practice and weight training, more time than you think will be spent striving to become a better player. Because of this, there's a good chance you'll have little time left...

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The Mental Abuse of Young Athletes

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 8:57 PM

Society's definition of abuse is mainly physical. If we can see a slap or a punch, we can replay it over and over, analyzing every move. We have concrete evidence of who's at fault and who's the victim. When it comes to mental abuse though, there is rarely evidence.

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Cultivating our Young Athletes

(2) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 12:13 AM

Young athletes are the wave of the future, and many of them will become the future leaders of our next generation. Whether we like to believe it or not, sports are one of the purest outlets we can find, and we look up to athletes more than anybody else. Politicians,...

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The Anxiety and Depression of Young Athletes

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 4:05 PM

Growing up, I lived my life one basketball game at a time. I went to school and I did my work, but my mind was always on the next game, and how prepared for it I would be. I thought I was alone in this thinking, but as I got...

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My Summer Playing New York City Streetball

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 1:34 PM

Everyone had a dream growing up. What was yours?

Maybe it was to play in the NBA, become a movie star or a famous actress. Maybe you wanted to be on the cover of Vogue magazine. My dream growing up was to not only play in the NBA, but also...

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Resisting the Incessant Pull of Materialism

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 4:48 PM

A few weeks ago, I was at the park in New York City and someone stole my stuff. They stole my bag, phone, wallet, keys and other things that I valued.

I'm sure you've felt this emptiness -- when something meaningful is taken from you and you don't know what...

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The Wide World of Startups

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 10:48 AM

It seems like everybody has a startup these days. Or if they don't have a startup, they have at least a blog. Or if not a blog, they have an idea for a startup, where, "If we only get the funding, we could be the next Facebook." Of course they...

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It's Okay If You Don't Read This: My Indifference to Likes, Views, Shares and Re-Tweets

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 4:02 PM

I recently read a New York Times article on what was happening in the journalistic atmosphere. The article was about how since everything is primarily online these days, writers are being lightly nudged in the direction of how they could get more likes, shares, views, re-tweets, posts, whatever. This was...

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Cultivating a New Type of Sports Coach

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 11:47 AM

What is our infatuation with athletes? I think it's because they are physical specimens who can play their sport much, much better than we can. Professional, college, even high school athletes give us an outlet to cheer, scream and vent our personal frustrations with other people who are on the...

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An Open Letter to Former Rutgers Basketball Coach Mike Rice

(10) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 5:44 PM

If you are unfamiliar with the circumstances surrounding Mike Rice, watch this video first: Coach Misconduct at Rutgers

Mike Rice is continuing to insist he's innocent: "I never abused anybody"

Coach Rice,

I contemplated writing this open letter to you about 10 different times. Ultimately,...

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Why College Athletes Should be Paid

(32) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 7:41 PM

There has been major discussion recently if college athletes should or shouldn't be paid while they are in school. The first thing opponents say is, "They're already getting a scholarship! That's more than anybody else! Don't be greedy!"

Fine, let's not be greedy and look at how much a scholarship...

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Why Success Is Overrated

(6) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 7:09 PM

"10 Steps to Success"

"3 Ways to Succeed as an Entrepreneur"

"45 Words That Start with the Letter L That Will Skyrocket Your Success"

What do all of these titles have in common? They all apply to our society's need to succeed.

Whether it's the new Tony Robbins podcast, the...

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