Jamal Mashburn, this Harlem, New York kid who was a basketball phenom in the late 80’s went on to become am All-American at University of Kentucky and moved on to become a All-Star in the NBA with teams such as Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat and others before retiring. Mashburn always thought ahead of the curve to make sure the $100+ million that he acquired would only expand with positive business practices. Being smarter with his money unlike 70% of the professional player who retire, Mashburn invested early and big. As a kid Mashburn would see businessmen on the trains with briefcases and he would always wonder what was inside them. As he got older he realized what was in those briefcases was real business ventures. He never lost sight of one day being the grown up carrying one. Fast forward to today, Mashburn owns 80 restaurants, a successful realty company, an investment firm, a Toyota and Lexus car dealership to name a few businesses. Being an owner of an investment firm has taken Mashburn to new heights because he understand every idea doesn’t work for him. They will invest in only thing that make profitable sense to their company. More athletes should take the lead and follow Jamal Mashburns drive, focus and smart business investment decisions early in their career. Don’t wait to the money is low and no one knows your name.