“I have a simple philosophy:
Fill what’s empty.
Empty what’s full.
Scratch where it itches.”

Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Angie Holmberg in Oklahoma.

Well tonight’s the night. New York Yankees versus the Philadelphia Phillies. The Turnpike Series begins. Bragging rights for the tri-state area.

These are the two best teams in the Major Leagues this year.

And they’re going to be nervous.

That’s normal, and inevitable – they can’t control that.

What they can control is how they react under those conditions.

Derek Jeter has a simple approach. He just focuses on staying in the present. He stays in his own world. He’s the eye of the hurricane, calm and focused, no matter what’s going on around him.

In the New York Times yesterday, they were talking about how Jeter didn’t even know Yankee-rival and former Red Sox player, Pedro Martinez was slated to pitch Game 2.

“Is he pitching Game 2?”

“…Jeter’s approach works for him. He is focused on baseball, focused on what he must do to get prepared for games. At some point on Tuesday, he would have learned in a scouting meeting that Martinez was pitching on Thursday. So he would have two days to get ready to face a pitcher he knows intimately. Possessing that knowledge any earlier would not have mattered to Jeter, who said that his success was based on simplifying things.

‘As players, you can try to over analyze,’ he said. ‘You can over analyze things so much that you can put yourself in a funk. This is baseball. Whether you’re 8 years old playing Little League or you’re playing out there in the World Series. It’s still the same game.’ ” (NY Times, October 27, 2009)

It’s no wonder why Derek Jeter is the guy that any manager would want up at the plate when the game is on the line.

You may not be able to hit, throw and run like Derek Jeter, but you can instantly be just as mentally tough as him.

Good luck to the Yankees and Phillies; let’s hope the weather cooperates.

Thanks for reading.


Today I will be giving a talk at Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education with Bob Ryland, the first black professional tennis player. It comes at a good time, just after the inauguration of our first black president and just before Black History Month.

We will be interviewed live on NBC Philadelphia at their studios and then by Comcast Sportsnet. There will also be several local newspapers reporting the event. Our talk begins at 7pm.

Now I know what you’re thinking…what does a Chinese-American tennis pro have to do with this?

I’ll tell you what. It’s not about the color of your skin. It’s about people helping people. It’s about giving people hope.

If I can fail out of college twice and become Pro of the Year and Mr. Ryland can overcome segregation and other challenges, imagine what YOU can do…

The message today will be…


Check back tomorrow for a full report.

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.