Today’s message is especially dedicated to Devin Burke at Florida Atlantic University and Tom Hay in Memphis. Happy Birthday to two peak performers.

Many people ask me what motivates me.

Last night I got motivated.

I spoke to two classes at Montclair State University.

Motivating others motivates me.

What does that mean to you?

The best way to motivate yourself is to motivate someone else.

The best way to make yourself happy is to make someone else happy.

I spoke to Professor Melissa Sapio’s Developmental Psychology class and talked about my book and experiences. “Game. Set. Life.” was required reading for the course and all of the students wrote a paper on it. I got motivated while trying to motivate them. Afterwards, I signed some books and even some business cards, which was a first.

After that, I walked upstairs to my mentor, Dr. Rob Gilbert’s class and spoke to his students. Again, I was motivated. But it soon escalated as Christina spoke about reaching her dream of running in the New York City Marathon and Zeus, spoke on how he lost 65 pounds recently. And to top it all off, one of my she-roes shows up, the great Jennie Murphy, a great athlete…who is legally blind.

So how do you get motivated?

Motivate others.
Hang around motivating people.
And remember that motivation is not a feeling…it’s an action.

Thanks for reading.

Tomorrow: A FREE tele-seminar on MOTIVATION with the great Renita Kalhorn, Julliard-trained concert pianist, martial arts black belt and MBA recipient.


“The secret is…there is no secret. If you exceed expectations, you can do anything.”
-MELISSA SAPIO, 4.0 graduate of Montclair State University

Yesterday was my first day at the new Monroe Sports Center. I use the great Melissa Sapio’s philosophy in my teaching. I try to do just a little bit more than is expected.

Most students just want the A.
Most athletes just want the trophy.
Most professionals just want the paycheck.

But the great ones, strive for constant improvement.

They exceed expectations.

When I’m teaching, I like to think that I transfer energy to my students. I make sure I’m vocal and use a lot of body language. I use positive reinforcement/coaching.

Yesterday I was teaching the great Mike DeBlase, former #1 singles player for Steinert High School. While I was teaching, a gentleman was watching from the window.

I assume he liked what he saw because after a few moments, he walked out on the court and requested weekly hour and a half private lessons for his sons who were ranked in NJ.

I didn’t know who he was, but he could tell that I was “into” teaching and exceeding expectations.

It’s all about excellence in the moment.

Give your best and people will notice.

If you do more than you’re paid to do, eventually you will get paid for more than you do.

Thanks for reading.

Free peak performance workshop today at 6pm at the Monroe Sports Center.


Today’s message is especially dedicated to all the great students and staff that I spent time with yesterday at Montclair State University.

Some people consider me successful.

Want to know a secret?

Nobody rang my doorbell and handed it to me…I took action. I created the life that I now live.

So you shouldn’t wait and “see what life brings.” Instead, figure out what you want and start taking action.

Yesterday I had a very powerful day – for many reasons.

I spoke at the great Dr. Gilbert’s class at Montclair State University with some amazing people. Coach McCarthy was there. Coach Ventre was there. Poet, Dennis Howe was there. Colbert, an up-and-coming actor from Brazil was there. Melissa Sapio (perfect 4.0 in college) was there.

After that, I attended Professor Sapio’s psychology class because they had a paper due on “Game. Set. Life.” I spoke to and received feedback from these great students. A young man named Jose said my book “rocked his world.” How can you not get energized by that?

I’m a very motivated person, but just being around these inspiring people brought me to another level. Motivation breeds motivation.

One of the things that I learned yesterday was that Emily Dickinson NEVER published her poetry! She kept her poems hidden in a closet and after she passed away, they became published.

So what are you hiding from the world? What kind of life do you want to create? Why aren’t you starting today?

Thanks for reading.

Reminder: Tell everyone you know to purchase a copy of “Game. Set. Life” on my birthday, October 26th on Amazon. Don’t do it for me…Every book I sell on that date will be matched with one donated one book to an inner-city child in the National Junior Tennis League of Trenton. Help make a difference.


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.