“There is no substitute for hard work.”

Asians are known for being smart right?

First of all, what is being smart anyway?

For argument’s sake, let’s say that at many schools, Asian students are at the top of the class. They excel on the SATs. When I have an exceptionally good idea, I joke around and say it’s because I’m Asian.

But here’s the truth…

Asians are not smarter than everyone else.

They just work harder. Academics are their number one priority. They put more time into it. Many of my tennis students are taking math and english classes this summer.

They’re Asian.

And they tell me that everyone in their class is Asian.

I know what you’re thinking, “it’s in their genes.”

What happened to me?! I had only average grades in high school and I failed out of college, twice. Was I adopted?

No, I didn’t work hard in academics. I worked hard in sports. (That’s funny, I got pretty good at baseball and tennis).

It wasn’t until I started studying what I loved that my grades skyrocketed. And then I became Pro of the Year.

So the next time you see an Asian person, don’t think “There goes a smart person,” or “NERD alert!”

Don’t think “There goes someone smarter than me.”

Instead, think, “There goes someone that works harder than me…in academics.”
“And I can too.”

Put in the time, get the results. Bottom line.

Thanks for reading.
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