“If you are not living on the edge you are taking up too much room.”

Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Eric Ryan.

People consider me a motivator.

But I am also a motivatee (I’m pretty sure I just made that word up).

It means that others motivate me. I look for it in everything I experience. The quote above is from Eric Ryan’s Facebook page…it motivated me.

Yesterday I received probably over 700 birthday messages on Facebook.

From people like…

Geo Utter in Big Lake, WA
Alma Prelec in Boston, MA
Rob Gurden in Orange County, CA
John Carrigan in the UK
Kyle Foster in Big Rapids, MI
Jessica Battaglia at USTA Player Development in Boca Raton, FL
Leman Oktay in Turkey
Jimmy Ross in who-knows-where on the globe
Denise Capriati in FL
Beatrice Moberg in Sweden
Sadili Oval in Nairobi, Kenya
and Thanusha Puvunanayagam (say that 10x FAST) in NJ

I am a teacher and I am a student.
I motivate and I get motivated.

When I play a tennis match, I see my opponent as my student and my teacher. I’m trying to win the match by exploiting his weaknesses (which is helping him improve) and he is trying to win the match by exploiting my weaknesses (which is helping me improve).

When you view sports, and life, with that mindset…

You always WIN.

Thanks for reading.