Today I will be giving a talk at Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education with Bob Ryland, the first black professional tennis player. It comes at a good time, just after the inauguration of our first black president and just before Black History Month.
We will be interviewed live on NBC Philadelphia at their studios and then by Comcast Sportsnet. There will also be several local newspapers reporting the event. Our talk begins at 7pm.
Now I know what you’re thinking…what does a Chinese-American tennis pro have to do with this?
I’ll tell you what. It’s not about the color of your skin. It’s about people helping people. It’s about giving people hope.
If I can fail out of college twice and become Pro of the Year and Mr. Ryland can overcome segregation and other challenges, imagine what YOU can do…
The message today will be…
YOU CAN DO IT!
Check back tomorrow for a full report.
Thanks for reading.
Today’s message is especially dedicated to all the great staff, parents, and players at Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education in Philadelphia, PA.
Yesterday, I began my talk at Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education by saying that all success in tennis begins on the six inch tennis court between your ears. Your mind is a powerful thing and it is your choice whether you use it in a positive way or a negative way.
There was a female tennis pro who, when very young, witnessed her mother have a heart attack and die suddenly in a dentist chair. And for 30 years, this woman refused to go to the dentist.
Finally, her teeth were in such poor condition that she HAD to go to the dentist. So she sat in the dentist’s chair, and something shocking happened…
The woman had a sudden heart attack and died in the dentist chair!
So she mentally killed herself. This is an example of how we can use our minds in a negative way.
You will never totally eliminate negative thoughts, but if you focus on them for so long that they paralyze you, there’s a problem.
Be your own inner coach instead of inner critic.
Thanks for reading.