“Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records.”
-author unknown

I had a very important talk yesterday.

I forgot my notes.

Yesterday was Day 1 of the USTA Northeast X-Sectional Training Camp at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. There were sixteen of the top 10 and under players from the Middle States, Eastern and New England sections of the USTA.

I was one of the coaches for the singles and doubles play. At the end of the day, I gave a talk to the players, parents and coaches, but I had a little bit of a challenge.

As I was being introduced, I was getting organized and looking for my notes, and then I heard, “…and here’s Ed Tseng.”

I had to go on; no time to find my notes.

So I had to make a decision.

Was I going to freeze up, or trust my instincts and do what I’ve done over thirty times in the past year?

I went with my instincts.

I think it went well. Very well.

Sometimes things don’t go as planned. You can’t control that. You can only control your reaction. Sometimes you have to improvise.

If I relied on my notes during my talks, I probably would have been in big trouble. But I try to be more mindful and speak from the heart. That is why I was able to confidently go on and give my talk.

What do you do? What potential challenges might you face?

But more importantly…

How will you react?

Thanks for reading.


It is many a child’s dream to play in the US Open.

Today, I will be playing at the US Open, Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in their brand new indoor facility.

Am I playing for money?

Is it a tournament?

I am hitting with sports agent, Ian Rubel.

I work hard, but I play hard. See, success is not about money. There is nothing wrong with making money, but many people think that in order to be happy, they need a lot of money. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Success is about enjoying the journey.
Working hard and playing hard.
Making a difference in the world-every day.
Making the best of every situation.
Being nice.
Having gratitude for all the big and little things in your life.

In these tough economic times, it’s easy to say, “Why me?” but it’s all perception. Even though you may be out of a job, there are people in the world that don’t even know if they will live long enough to have their next meal. Bob Ryland, the first black tennis pro, went through hell, but if you look at him, he is always smiling and laughing.

Don’t look for success in money or material things.
Don’t look for success in the future…

Success is already inside you. Enjoy today, it’s all we have right now.

Thanks for checking in.


Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Whitney Kraft.

Ever shoot pool? High level pool players not only focus on their current shot, but they look at the follow-up shots as well.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Ed, shouldn’t you stay in the present?”

Yes and no. I was at the USPTA Eastern Fall Conference yesterday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and Kevin Kane gave a great talk on how to go from tennis pro to head pro to director to general manager at a club. Most pros stay in the present – they just want to make the most money now instead of looking at the big picture. But if you want to make it long term, it’s in your best interest to look down the road.

In pool, it’s good to focus on your shot, but if you don’t have a good “leave” for the next shot, you are done. If you do look one or two shots ahead, you can set yourself up for a win and make your life easier.

Life is the same way. I know one of my goals is to become one of the top speakers in the world and start my own mental training/sports facility. And all the steps I’m taking today are helping me move in that direction.

So stay in the present, but know where you want to go so you can set yourself up for greatness.

Thanks for reading.