“It’s never crowded along the extra mile.”

At the end of a practice, do a little bit more.

At the end of your workday, do a little bit more.

At the end of your study session, do a little bit more.

Why should you do this?

Because nobody else is.

Read the following article from the OC Register:

Thursday, June 18, 2009
Pixar grants girl’s dying wish to see ‘Up’
Company sent DVD so Huntington Beach girl, 10, could watch it.

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Colby Curtin, a 10-year-old with a rare form of cancer, was staying alive for one thing – a movie.
From the minute Colby saw the
previews to the Disney-Pixar movie Up, she was desperate to see it. Colby had been diagnosed with vascular cancer about three years ago, said her mother, Lisa Curtin, and at the beginning of this month it became apparent that she would die soon and was too ill to be moved to a theater to see the film.
After a family friend made frantic calls to Pixar to help grant Colby her dying wish, Pixar came to the rescue.
The company flew an employee with a DVD of Up, which is only in theaters, to the Curtins’ Huntington Beach home on June 10 for a private viewing of the movie.
The animated movie begins with scenes showing the evolution of a relationship between a husband and wife. After losing his wife in old age, the now grumpy man deals with his loss by attaching thousands of balloons to his house, flying into the sky, and going on an adventure with a little boy.
Colby died about seven hours after seeing the film.
With her daughter’s vigil planned for Friday, Lisa Curtin reflected about how grateful she is that Pixar – and “Up” – were a part of her only child’s last day.
“When I watched it, I had really no idea about the content of the theme of the movie,” said Curtin, 46. “I just know that word ‘Up’ and all of the balloons and I swear to you, for me it meant that (Colby) was going to go up. Up to heaven.”
Pixar officials declined to comment on the story or name the employees involved.

Colby was diagnosed with vascular cancer on Dec. 23, 2005 after doctors found a tumor in her liver. At the time of her death, her stomach was about 94 inches around, swollen with fluids the cancer wouldn’t let her body properly digest. The rest of her body probably weighed about 45 pounds, family friend Carole Lynch said.
Colby had gone to Newport Elementary School and was known for making others laugh, family friend Terrell Orum-Moore said. Colby loved to dance, sing, swim and seemed to have a more mature understanding of the world than other children her age, Orum-Moore said.
On April 28, Colby went to see the Dream Works 3-D movie “Monsters Vs. Aliens” but was impressed by the previews to “Up.”
“It was from then on, she said, ‘I have to see that movie. It is so cool,’” Lynch said.
Colby was a movie fan, Lisa Curtin said, and she latched onto Pixar’s movies because she loved animals.
Two days later Colby’s health began to worsen. On June 4 her mother asked a hospice company to bring a wheelchair for Colby so she could visit a theater to see “Up.” However, the weekend went by and the wheelchair was not delivered, Lisa Curtin said.
By June 9, Colby could no longer be transported to a theater and her family feared she would die without having seen the movie.
At that point, Orum-Moore, who desperately wanted Colby to get her last wish, began to cold-call
Pixar and Disney to see if someone could help.
Pixar has an automated telephone answering system, Orum-Moore said, and unless she had a name of a specific person she wanted to speak to, she could not get through. Orum-Moore guessed a name and the computer system transferred her to someone who could help, she said.
Pixar officials listened to Colby’s story and agreed to send someone to Colby’s house the next day with a DVD of “Up,” Orum-Moore recalled.
She immediately called Lisa Curtin, who told Colby.
“Do you think you can hang on?” Colby’s mother said.
“I’m ready (to die), but I’m going to wait for the movie,” the girl replied.

At about 12:30 p.m. the Pixar employee came to the Curtins’ home with the DVD.
He had a bag of stuffed animals of characters in the movie and a movie poster. He shared some quirky background details of the movie and the group settled in to watch Up.
Colby couldn’t see the screen because the pain kept her eyes closed so her mother gave her a play-by-play of the film.
At the end of the film, the mother asked if her daughter enjoyed the movie and Colby nodded yes, Lisa Curtin said.
The employee left after the movie, taking the DVD with him, Lynch said.
“He couldn’t have been nicer,” said Lynch who watched the movie with the family. “His eyes were just welled up.”
After the movie, Colby’s dad, Michael Curtin, who is divorced from Lisa Curtin, came to visit.
Colby died with her mom and dad nearby at 9:20 p.m.
Among the Up memorabilia the employee gave Colby was an “adventure book” – a scrap book the main character’s wife used to chronicle her journeys.
“I’ll have to fill those adventures in for her,” Lisa Curtin said.

Thanks for reading.


G’ day from Down Under! How you going?

It was about 80 degrees here in Sydney yesterday…Summer. It is currently December 10 @ 2:08PM in New Jersey and December 11 @ 6:08AM in Sydney. Very strange.

I settled in to the Four Seasons yesterday, walked around the Rocks area, had lunch at one of the top 50 restaurants in the world, and took a tour of the Opera House.

There were many blog messages I could have created from yesterday, but I’m only going to talk about one…

Exceed Expectations…

If you read my book, you know about this one. Do a little bit more than what’s expected. On court, in class, at work, in your relationships.

This is my first time staying at a Four Seasons and I am impressed. How many times have you checked in to a hotel in the morning and your room wasn’t ready? That’s pretty much always the case. Well, our room was all ready for us. The service is top- notch here, from housekeeping and the staff to all 34 sparkling floors. There is a roof-top pool, full-service fitness room and spa and a few restaurants. Anytime you go near a door, someone opens it for you. Everything is the best here and that’s why they are the Four Seasons. That’s why so many people stay here.

Do I need this type of service? No, but that’s not the point.

The point is that you have to be better than everyone else. If you put a certain quality in your work, people will see that. What would you rather drive, a Rolls Royce or a Kia?

If you are the first to get to practice and last to leave, do you think that your coach won’t notice that? If you hustle more than everyone else on your team, do you think that your coach won’t notice that?

If you talk to your teacher after class and talk about the topic of the day, they will notice.

How about applying this to work? Relationships? Playing music?

We live in a society of “good enough to get by” so if you do just a little bit more, you will stand out from the crowd and be one more step closer to peak performance.

Greatness does not lie in doing something once. Greatness lies in doing something consistently.

Today: markets near Chinatown, harbor cruise and show at the Opera House.


Thanks for reading.


Today’s message is especially dedicated to Ms. Kontos’ wonderful students.

Do you do a little a lot or a lot a little?

Let me explain…

If you do a little a lot, you are doing a small amount often, or frequently.

If you do a lot a little, you are doing a large amount not very often, or infrequently.

Situation #1: You practice tennis one hour a day, six days a week.

Situation #2: You practice tennis six hours a day, one day a week.

Who will perform better?

Situation #1: You study for one hour a day, six days a week.

Situation #2: You study for six hours a day, one day a week.

Who will perform better?

If you cram for an exam, you may get decent results short-term…at best.

But if you do a little bit every day, you will get great results, long-term.

Don’t cram the most important exam you’ll ever take – LIFE.

Do a little bit every day. Get a little better every day.

See, the purpose of this blog is not to give you something to eat…it’s to make you hungry. Hungry to become better and hungry to become great.

Who’s hungry?

Okay, I need to go eat…see you tomorrow.

Thanks for reading.


Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Oscar Nawrot.

I watch what I eat and I exercise regularly. I meditate to stay mentally and emotionally balanced. I try to be a good person.

I call this preventive medicine. Too many people wait until they get sick or become overweight to take care of themselves. Too many people wait until they have a nervous breakdown before they work on being mentally tough.

I challenge you to constantly improve in all areas of your life…BEFORE you need to. DON’T be on automatic. We’re only on this planet a short period of time – make the most of it.

Most people are satisfied with mediocrity, but if you do what everyone else does, you’re going to get what everyone else gets.

The great Melissa Sapio, who edited my book, “Game. Set. Life.,” got a perfect 4.0 throughout all of college. She told me her secret…

Exceed expectations. Just do a little bit more. Just get a little bit better…every day: on the court, in the classroom, in the boardroom and at home.

“You don’t have to be sick to get better.”

Thanks for reading.