Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Work is the most fun of all. —author unknown


From “Game. Set. Life.” page 52…

“It is in our times of decision that our destiny is shaped.”

Remember this formula:


Event + Response = Outcome

You create your destiny.

You cannot control the events in your life, but you can control your reaction to them. And that will determine your future.

Homework: Before you react to something today, count to ten in your head. This will help you to be more mindful of how you are affecting your future, and creating your destiny.


“The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the thing, that’s when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep doing it.”

Have you ever not wanted to go to work?

Have you ever not wanted to go to school?

Have you ever not wanted to go to practice?

Many of you are suffering from anal glaucoma.

You can’t see yourself getting your butt to work, school, or practice.

One of the secrets to success is doing what you have to do, when you have to do it…whether you want to or not.

Just because you feel a certain way doesn’t mean you need to act a certain way.

Start taking the correct action today!

*If you missed last night’s radio show with Sandy Mittleman, listen to the recording here…

Thanks for reading.


Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Sandy Mittleman in Boston.

“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.”

I love this quote.

Someone once said, the only people without problems are the ones in the cemetery. We all have problems, they are a part of life. We cannot avoid problems, but we can control our reactions to them.

Some people break, fold, or run away when they are under pressure.
These are the losers.

Other people thrive under pressure; they love it. They increase their intensity and focus. They break records.
These are the winners.

It’s not pressure, it’s perception.

In my book, “Game. Set. Life.” I talk about how at the end of a set, when the pressure was greatest, Pete Sampras rose to the occasion and improved the level of his game. That’s why he was #1 for so long.

To be just like Sampras, you have to think just like Sampras.

Thanks for reading.


Congratulations to the Philadelphia Phillies for a championship season!

Do you finish what you start?

I’ve gotten some great feedback from people who loved my book.

I’ve also heard that some people haven’t started it yet or are still on the first chapter.

Did you know that most people who buy a book don’t read past the first chapter?

What does that tell you?

Yesterday, I received a phone call from one of my heroes.

She plays tennis, soccer and football…

and she is legally blind.

For those of you who read “Game. Set. Life.” you know that this person is Jenny Murphy. Jenny called to tell me that she loved the book and to thank me for including her in it. But that’s not what impressed me.

What impressed me was that Jenny read the book in one day! It takes Jenny at least twice as long as most readers to finish a book, and she did it faster than most people. And she finished what she started!

What have you started but haven’t finished yet?

Be like Jenny.

For more on Jenny Murphy, go to Message #176.

Thanks for reading.


For those of you that want to make a difference in the world…here’s your chance.

My birthday, October 26th is right around the corner and I know what you’re thinking…

“Will the Aston Martin arrive in time for Ed’s birthday?”

But seriously, folks, here’s what I’d like you to do for my birthday this year…

I want you to buy my book. I want your friends and family to buy my book. I want everyone at your office to buy my book. But I don’t want people to buy my book for me, because guess what?

I’m not going to see a penny of it!

For every book I sell on October 26th, 2008, I will donate one book to a child from the National Junior League of Trenton. The NJTL of Trenton provides educational, tennis and nutritional programs to under-privileged children in Trenton, NJ. I will personally sign, and hand-deliver the books to Dan Faber, the executive director of the program in time for the holidays.

So mark your calendars…October 26th at 9AM, tell everyone you know to buy my book on!…

Yeah, I’m talking to you…

Luigi Moriello, the soccer great in Naples, Italy…

Brooke Eastwood in Phoenix, Arizona…

Jake Myers in Belgium…

my 102 year old grandmother in the Bronx…

Richard Hall in Big Rapids, Michigan…

Nicole Arendt in Sydney, Australia…

Chris Kennedy in West Palm Beach, Florida…

Bob Emmons at UC-Davis…

and everyone else…

BEG, BORROW, but don’t steal. It’s only $15. You have 22 days to email this blog entry to everyone in your email contacts, tell all your friends on facebook, let everyone following you on twitter know what’s going on this October 26th.

And you know what? For those of you in the Princeton, NJ area…let’s make a party out of it…

Come to Amalfi’s Restaurant in Lawrenceville at 6pm on the 26th and I’ll have the Moriello family put out some great food (remember the vodka rigatoni and chicken francaise at my book signing?). Mamma mia! I’ll have my laptop there so if you don’t order earlier, you can order “Game. Set. Life.” online there.

I know MY most rewarding moments have been when I’ve helped others…here’s your chance.

“The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.”

-Ethel Percy Andrus

“Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.”

-Anthony Robbins

Thanks for reading…