How do you feel when I mention the following foods?…

Crisp Broadbean
Fried Spicy Peanuts with Anchovies
Dried Pork Sung
Fish Balls
Chicken Feet
Fish Eyeballs

Those of you brought up in an Asian household may be salivating. Those of you who weren’t may be nauseous. But does this mean that those things AREN’T delicious? No, it just means that you’re not used to them. You’ve never had them, so you don’t know what they’re like.

Life is the same way, many of us are so conditioned into a way of thinking and doing that we aren’t open to new things, ideas or people. If you keep doing the same thing, you’ll keep getting the same result. If your life is perfect, stop reading. If you stopped reading, stop lying to yourself.

To continuously improve, you need to be open to more things. Be open to other people’s ideas. Even though I’m a tennis pro, I like reading magazines like Golf, Yoga, Oprah, and others to get new ideas and see how they all relate to one another.

I know a Director of Tennis at a prestigious country club that has taught the same lessons for the past 30 years! Come on! I know that everyone has different teaching styles, but when you do the same thing over and over and over again, you don’t continue to improve and the enjoyment for the teacher AND student diminishes.

Now, I’m not telling you to go out and try chicken feet or intestine, but I AM telling you to try new things, be open to new ideas and look for new ways to do what you’re already doing. You’ll get better, have more fun and start to become an expert at whatever you do.

“Success lies just beyond your comfort zone.”

Thanks for reading.

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