It’s not uncommon for professional athletes to find themselves without the necessary skills to succeed in another field after their time on the court or field ends. While many athletes struggle to find a way to live outside of their sport, the post-football life of Dalton Patterson, AKA D Patt, has been anything but boring. Patterson has found success as a business owner with both feet firmly planted on the ground. As an ex-professional football player turned business mogul, Patterson has created a legacy of excellence as he continues to defy odds with his entrepreneurial pursuits. With multiple business ventures under his belt, Patterson continues to prove that there are no limits when you put your mind to something. His impressive list of achievements spans industries including real estate, fashion, digital marketing, cryptocurrency, and forex trading.
The common thread through all of Patterson’s success is discipline and dedication. The son of ex-NFL player for the Denver Broncos, Dalton Simmons, growing up in an athletic family taught Patterson the value of hard work from an early age. As a naturally athletic person, he knew he wanted to pursue sports for the rest of his life and started working toward achieving that goal. But the path was not without its challenges. One major obstacle was not finishing high school with a high enough gap to go play D1 football, so Patterson had to play junior college first. However, he didn’t allow that to derail his plans. He played on and became a great athlete with good prospects, and that didn’t stop when he left the field.
After his playing days were over, he went on to establish himself as an entrepreneur. He moved to Los Angeles and set up his clothing brand, Spaceblvd, the first of what would become a business empire with many branches. Patterson took what he learned during his time in sports and applied it to various business ventures to prove that discipline and dedication can lead to success in many different avenues. As a black entrepreneur, he’s committed to uplifting members of his community in New Orleans and giving back in different ways. He does that by helping people build credit, start their businesses, and establish multiple passive income streams.
As someone who has accomplished a lot in different areas, Patterson has learned several lessons that he passes on to other ex-athletes who want to change careers later in life. The first one is to never give up on your dreams no matter the obstacles you feel are stacked against you. Nothing worth having comes easy, so you must be ready to work. The other lesson is to never settle for less than you know you deserve. Many people will try to convince you and show you how good you have it, but you are the only one who knows what you need. Patterson’s advice is to go for it until you get the prize.
Finally, Patterson emphasizes the importance of finding your own lane and developing your own personality. That will help you recognize your capabilities and pinpoint areas that need improvement. That’s how he has achieved so much in his life. In a world where athletes are increasingly judged for their performance on the field, Patterson proves that it is possible to succeed in sports and entrepreneurship. His goal is to inspire other athletes and show them they can also do it.
Written in partnership with Amir Bakian
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