My good friend, Bob Ryland (above) was the first black professional tennis player, and Arthur Ashe’s hero. When Arthur Ashe was 14, he said, “I only want to be good enough to be able to beat Bob Ryland.”
Whenever I speak to Bob, he compliments me on all the good work I’m doing, and I say, “I’m just trying to improve every day and make a difference in the world.”
Then he yells at me.
“Stop ‘TRYING,’ just do it! You ARE doing it! Eliminate that word from your vocabulary.”
There’s no such thing as “trying” to do something.
You either do or you don’t.
Thank you, Bob Ryland.