We had the good fortune of connecting with John Clarke and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi John, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I think no one truly knows when to keep going or to give up. On the journey to success or whatever desire you have, the thought always crosses your mind as things become trying, which they will because to whom much is given much is required. What keeps you going though is your love for what it is you’re doing. True Love. If you love something, that thought is quickly erased by you putting in even more work toward your chosen path, because you’re afraid. Of what it’d feel like to have made the wrong decision. To not turn back and choose another path. That work will eventually get you to where you want to go, and only then will you have known that you made the right decision not to give up. I could’ve given up when I first started my channel and had 16 subscribers with all the negative messages I would get from those who see my channel as challenging their favorite player’s legacy, when all I aspire to do is give guidance to the ones who have none, while using real life examples of how the journey of basketball can be affected by each decision you make along the way. But I didn’t and now I’m proud of the almost 55,000 I have. Not much in the youtube world, but it’s progress. That progress along with my true love for basketball, writing, stories, youtube, and being creative, will get me to where I want to be. Until then, I’ll settle for me loving what I do. That way at least I didn’t give up on myself.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love to create. I’ve probably tried every avenue of creating, until I understood that imagining, researching, writing, and editing basketball stories is what I love doing. In basketball not many have a father that’s played in the NBA like Stephen Curry and the countless others in the league. Few even have fathers that are around and care enough to give them sound advice on what to and not to do. I sure didn’t. Because of that, along with the decisions I made, my journey took a different path. An overseas basketball career, ending in Japan and being the happiest I’ve ever been. I was lucky. For the ones who aren’t, my creativity through youtube videos can warn you. I’ve studied why I didn’t make it as well as why the others who have did. It gives me great joy to share what I’ve learned to younger hoopers.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Living in Japan Honestly there’s tons of places I’d take a best friend. Kobe in the morning is a beautiful, then probably a good pizza spot that I like here. Steak for dinner and back to work. If he’s anything like me he’d see all that as a waste of time anyway and want to get back to work, so that’s what we’d spend the rest of the day doing.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to thank God first of all. No story can be written if he didn’t allow the involved to see another day. I’d also like to thank youtube for allowing people of any race, creed or color a chance to build their own world and use their natural talents to be their own boss. Finally I’d like to thank each and every subscriber to my channel, because it shows what kind of people they are to go about the action of subscribing. You think, well, it’s just a red button you push to get access to content you want conveniently. No big deal. Except if you know anything about the world and youtube, you’ll know that now that the masses are aware of the gifts being a “big youtuber” can bring, everyone has a youtube and no one wants to see you grow beyond their reach of you. It’s also human nature. If I can still access what I want from you, without effort or supporting you, essentially for free, why would I go through the trouble. Therefore many will watch your videos every time and not think twice about at least pushing that button to say thank you for the work you’ve done. For the hours it takes to create and publish a video and the sacrifice you make being away from your family. So to the ones that did. I thank you greatly. And love and respect you all as good people.
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