7 Sports Career Lessons Learned from Harrie Bakst

Posted: July 8, 2011 in Expert Advice
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Harrie Bakst

Conducting Expert Interview with Harrie Bakst: Overcoming the Odds through Hard Work and Sincerity in-person was a unique experience. As you know, my first three interviews were done over the phone. While I certainly could detect the authenticity of my interviewees’ answers by listening to their voices, there was nothing like seeing Harrie’s facial expressions as he sincerely answered my questions. Hearing his story in-person really brought the interview to life. From Harrie Bakst, President of Carnegie Sports & Entertainment, we learned the following:

1. Reading sports books such as Moneyball can peak your interest in the industry and serve as a launching pad for your future sports career.

2. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Try to connect the dots and see the big picture  when analyzing problems. You never know when an idea will take off.

3. While it is important to gain industry experience through sports internships, you can still learn some of the most basic and valuable business principles from non-sports jobs.

4. The key to networking is maintaining relationships. Business cards are just a formality. It’s what you do with them that makes the difference.

5. Surround yourself with good people who you can rely on for advice and learn from. Latch on to mentors who want to help you take your career to the next level.

6. If you want to break into sports, focus tirelessly on your work ethic and sincerity. These two things are completely in your control. Never let anyone take them away from you.

7. Don’t let life’s most difficult challenges (e.g. cancer) get in the way of your goals. Beat the odds by believing in yourself.

  1. Al Lucia says:

    Harrie came and spoke to our Sports PR class at Columbia University last summer. Great guy with a great story, doing some really great work!

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