The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Vicky Lelgant in Los Angeles. Happy Birthday to an amazing artist.

What’s your vision?

I had a vision of an artist turning me into an anime character, for my website and promotional items, as well as for a comic book I am writing.

Enter Vicky Lelgant, a former tennis student of mine, who graduated from SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) and currently living in Los Angeles. I asked Vicky if she could take on this task. She said yes.

The finished product is seen above in my blog’s welcome message. I am more than pleased with it.

Some people dream and others stay awake and make things happen.

What is your vision? What do you want to accomplish? Who do you want to become? What steps are you taking to get you there?

Remember, the best way to predict the future…is to create it.


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“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

Well, today is the Princeton Sports Symposium at the university. There will be 59 speakers and 11 panels with experts in all areas of the sports world discussing various topics.

This is a HUGE networking event for me. I’ll be sure to get and give business cards, and will be giving away a signed copy of my book.

What’s the lesson today?

Nobody’s going to ring your (or my) doorbell and hand you success. You have to go out and get it. You have to take action.


Knowledge minus Action equals Zero.

The best ideas and the best skills are nothing if nobody knows about them.

Go create your future today…


In Zen there is a saying, “Chop wood, carry water.”

This means, focus on the task at hand.

Abraham Lincoln said, “Whatever you are, be a good one.”

Others say, “Stay in the present moment.”

When I give lessons, I tell my students to take pride in every aspect of the lesson, including picking up balls.

If you are taking out the garbage, be the best garbage taker-outer in the world.

There are no menial jobs, only menial people.

It’s all about excellence in the moment.

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“There could be some boy in the stands watching me play for the first time – I owe it to him to give it my best.”
-JOE DiMAGGIO, after a meaningless game at the end of the season

Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Stephanie O’Brien-Noonan.

You never know.

A true champion is someone drenched in sweat…when no-one is watching.

I don’t know who is reading my blog messages every day, but sometimes I find out.

Stephanie O’Brien-Noonan lives in San Diego. I went to high school with her and haven’t seen her since about 1993. Stephanie just sent me a message saying that she loves my daily messages.

I had no idea she was reading them.

So you never know who is watching you at work.

You never know who is watching you on the tennis court.

You never know who is watching you in school.

But guess what?

It doesn’t matter.

Focus on doing the right things. Be the best person that you can be. Help others.

At the end of your day, I challenge you to be able to say, “I gave it my all today,” and not have any regrets. Then do it the next day.

Those days will turn into weeks. Those weeks into months and those months into years. Then, at the end of your life, you will have left a legacy.

Be the best you can be…for you. And the world.

Abraham Lincoln said, “Whatever you are, be a good one.”

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Vince Lombardi said, “Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”

Aristotle said, “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

Abraham Lincoln said, “Whatever you are, be a good one.”

Can we all attain excellence, or is it reserved for the select few?

I believe excellence is already inside of all of us.

But what does excellence mean to you?

I’ll tell you what it means to the Greeks – Dia Phoron.

I love it.


Because literally translated, it means “follow through.”

Finish what you start.

Do what you say you’re going to do.

And be excellent.

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