I have spent a good part of my career studying successful people, in all walks of life. One thing that these successful people have in common is they all have coaches. Pitching coaches, life coaches, music coaches, business coaches, academic coaches, etc.

Nobody can do it on their own. A coach can see things the player/client/student cannot.

Learn from your coach’s experience.

And when your coach isn’t around, coach yourself. Pick yourself up instead of beating yourself down.

“You can do this!” is better than “That was a stupid thing to do!”

Fire that negative coach in your head.


I know something about you.

You want to become successful at something.

Perhaps it’s in sports.

Perhaps it’s in business.

Perhaps it’s in school.

I know something else…

The reason why most people do not become successful.

They don’t take action.

Knowledge is only good if you use it.

It’s the start that stops most people.

You know what you need to do, so don’t think about it, just do it.

With all the great athletes I have encountered, I noticed a quality that they all share.

They all do what they need to do, when they need to do it, whether they feel like it or not.

If you’re a runner, just start running.

If you’re in sales, just start making those calls.

If you’re a student, just start studying.

It’s that simple.


Do yourself a favor and watch this!



Regardless of title, bank balance or age, each individual has the ability to be a force for good. One person can make a difference. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” (From Success Magazine)

Is it good enough to be great at your sport or job?

Or is part of greatness making a difference in the world, being a role model or inspiring others?

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to be the best in the world, as long as you are being the best FOR the world.

Go all out. Lead by example.

Start today.


Here’s a great bit of advice from the business world…

“When everything gets really complicated and you feel overwhelmed, think about it this way: You gotta do three things. First, get the cow out of the ditch. Second, find out how the cow got into the ditch. Third, make sure you do whatever it takes so the cow doesn’t go into the ditch again.”

Now, you may not have a cow to worry about, but you probably have challenges at work, at school, in sports, in music or in your relationships.

Follow the same steps and you will be pleased with the results.


Yesterday Alex Rodriguez finally hit his 600th home run. An amazing feat. Or is it?

Admitting to have taken performance enhancing drugs because of “an enormous amount of pressure to perform” is ridiculous.

I don’t know about you, but as much as I love the Yankees, I can’t fully enjoy A-rod’s accomplishment.

That’s like using an aluminum bat in the majors.

Yes, Rodriguez will soon surpass Sammy Sosa and Willie Mays, then approach Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds.

But at what expense?

Cheating? Lying?

Professional athletes are role models, whether they want to be or not.

I know Alex is trying to walk the walk and is more focused on teamwork as of late.

That I can respect.

The cheating and lying?

Not so much.


“Set your goals high and don’t stop until you get there.”


I have a confession.

I like taking notes at movies.

The movies I like to watch are inspirational. They have a lot of great quotes. Recently, I went to see The Karate Kid, I knew it would have some good quotes. Here is my favorite…

There is no such thing as bad student only a bad teacher.

The “evil” kung fu instructor’s motto was “No fear, no mercy.”

Mr. Han’s (good kung fu instructor) motto was “Win or lose, it doesn’t matter. Fight hard, earn respect…Kung Fu is about making peace.”

I know coaches that tell their players to call the ball out when it is close. They teach them to be jerks on the court. They think winning is everything.

Is it?

When I work with athletes and business professionals, I ask them, “At the end of your life, what do you want to be known for?”

The answer is never, I want to be #1 in the world, or I want to be a millionaire with five homes and a boat.

The answer is always something like, “I want to have been a role model; someone who made a difference and led by example. I want to be known as someone who went all-out, regardless of the situation.”

We may not all be coaches, but we are all teachers. We may be teaching our children, our friends, our parents, our fans, our employees or a stranger on the street. But what are we teaching them?

Roger Federer said, “It’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.”

People say, nice guys finish last.

I say, nice guys are winners before the game begins.


I saw a sign today that read…

“First we will be the best, then we will be first.”

This is a great quote, but unfortunately most people have it backwards.

Most people think that they need to be first to be the best.

That’s the wrong focus.

When you focus on being first, you probably won’t become first.

But when you focus on being the best by giving the best effort/service/attitude, you will be first at whatever you do. And don’t worry if you don’t become first right away, stick with it because I’d like to see who’s going to beat you in the long-run. I guarantee there won’t be many still around.


Today’s message is especially dedicated to my grandmother, Fung Shee Pan. Happy Belated 104th Birthday!

Whenever I speak to someone trying to reach peak performance at sports, work or school, I always ask them one question.

That question will determine whether they make the big leagues, become CEO or honor student.

And that question also applies to you. Here it is…

Are you going to go all-out or are you going to hold back?

Who do you want to be like?

Are you doing what they’re doing?

Now, don’t get me wrong, if you’re a professional baseball player, it’s a long season. But the secret is, go all out when you are practicing/competing and go all-out when you are resting.

If you want to make the major leagues, you can’t have a minor league approach.

Go all-out today!

Thanks for reading.