Nobody owes you anything. You don’t deserve sponsors just because you’re talented. Talent is everywhere. It’s your character, work ethic, willingness to learn, educate others and how you represent yourself and the sport that will get you sponsorships.
Sponsorships are a two-way street. You need to be willing to put in the time to be a true Ambassador for the company by understanding who they are and what they’re working to accomplish, first. Then, sharing their content, talking about them with friends, tagging them on social media, using their products and/or services, checking in with them regularly and becoming a part of their company. And you need to do that all BEFORE you ask for sponsorships. Show them who you are and what you’re willing to do. Sponsorships are a trade, money, product or services for your services.
Donations are used to support a good cause. There’s nothing wrong with asking for donations for a good cause. Maybe you raise money to spread awareness for an organization and part of the money you raise goes back to the organization in some way. Maybe the rest helps put you in a position to spread awareness for the cause or help out others through what you can accomplish with the donation. These still take work on your behalf.
If you are asking people/companies for “sponsorships” with the intent to use the money or product only to benefit and advance yourself and your own cause, you’re asking for a hand out. You’re asking to use someone else’s hard earned money to chase a dream without giving anything back in return. This is NOT who we want to be.
Again, nobody owes you anything. If you’re struggling financially at chasing your dream, go to work. You can either do your research, educate yourself and come up with a proposal for the work you’re willing to do for companies you would love represent, or ride horses for other people, clean stalls, work for a farmer, work cattle at your local sale barn, help bale hay, work at a restaurant, etc. Find a job that will be flexible with their hours so you can work on the weekends or later into the night when you’re home and leave during the season. There are people out there who love to help people chase their dreams when they’re willing to put in the work. Be honest with your intent when you take the job. Bonus: there’s no better time than right now to get a job and set your hours. There are for hire signs everywhere, all around the country, making deals that have never been made just to stay open.
We, as members of the western industry were raised with the values and ethics of hard work, integrity, humbleness, honesty and independence. Something that is diminishing in our country. We all get to a point in life where we have to set aside our ego and our pride. That time is now. Remember who we are and how we got here. Get out there and work for what you want.
The good Lord didn’t give you your talents and your goals to use just for yourself. He gave you those gifts as your way to go out into the world and make a positive difference. He gives us gifts, talents and dreams we love so that we enjoy doing it and will stick to it during the hard times. So that we can learn lessons and share them with people that will lead us back to him. Don’t ask for handouts, turn to Him and He will put the right people in your life to make it happen. Let Him be the captain and He’ll make it happen, but He won’t hand it over!
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” Romans 3:5-6
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” -Peter 4:10
NOTE: Mark your calendars for Monday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 PM. Hailey Kinsel & Emily Beisel will be joining us on the RodeoKids.com Monthly Zoom and everyone is invited!!