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In this episode of the Peak Performance Podcast, Ed has an exclusive interview with Matt Nokes, Major League baseball player, All-Star, and Silver Slugger.

In this episode you will learn:

  • What it takes to become a world-class athlete
  • The secret to Matt’s success
  • The best advice Matt Nokes ever received
  • The one thing that changed his whole career
  • How anyone can become world-class at whatever they do
  • And much more!

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Jim Abbott threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians on September 4, 1993, and he won the game 4-0.

AND Jim Abbott was born without a right hand.

Imagine what YOU can do…

Your only disability is in your mind.


“The power to succeed or fail is yours alone.”

If you’re reading this blog, you probably want to become better at something. You want to get motivated. But here’s the thing…I can’t create a great person…I can only help bring that person out.

That person is already inside of you.

One of my heroes is Jim Abbott, a baseball player who pitched a no-hitter for the Yankees on September 4, 1993. In fact, I have a signed photo of him in my hallway and it’s one of the first things that I see in the morning.

Jim Abbott was born without a right hand.

If Jim Abbott can, not only play professional baseball, but throw a no-hitter, without a right hand, imagine what you can do?

I use his photograph to inspire me and remind me that greatness is not what we’re born with; greatness is what we do with what we have.

You don’t have to be great at the start, but you need to start to be great.

This morning I woke up thinking about one of my favorite quotes, from Lance Armstrong…

“I’m just a normal guy, and I’m going to show you what a normal guy can do.”

It’s your choice…

if you make the most of today
if you look at the positive in every situation
if you go all out
if you look inside instead of outside
if you procrastinate procrastination

What will you choose today?

Thanks for reading.

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Jim Abbott pitched a no-hitter on Sept 4, 1993.
He was born without a right hand.

“Everyone is your student and everyone is your teacher.”

I learned a great lesson yesterday.

I have learned many lessons, and have been inspired by many different people, like Jim Abbott (above), one of my heroes. But yesterday was a bit different.

There was a nine year-old boy in my tennis camp. It was his first time playing tennis. I take that back, his father had tried to teach him, but he had no formal training.

Everyone was having a good time and working hard.

At the end of the morning session, we finished with a game. After the game, I looked at this boy who I’ll call “Hank” and he looked so upset. I asked what was wrong and he said, “I lost the game.”

“Hank,” I said to him, “I don’t care if you win or lose. I only care if you give your best effort. I only care if you have fun.” Hank responded, “Okay,” not really convinced. Earlier in the day, I had told the campers to remember their ABCs…Always Behave Confidently.

Well Hank was with me for the afternoon session too and I tried to catch him doing good things and complimenting him.

At one point, I was playing against him in a game called, “drop ball.” The score was tied, and we were both up at the net and I said, “I’m nervous!”

Unexpectedly, Hank, gave me a big smile and said…

“Don’t be nervous – be confident!”

Thanks for reading…and thanks to my nine year-old teacher.