There are two types of people in the world…

Those who take action.

And those who don’t.

As I work on my forthcoming book, “The Pinstripe Principles: Why The Yankees Are So Mentally Tough (and how you can be too),” I am reaching out to people that I never thought I would ever talk to.

Yesterday, I interviewed Babe Ruth’s daughter, Julia Ruth Stevens. Last night I was chatting with Yogi Berra’s wife, Carmen.

Jorge Posada has already agreed to speak with me after the season is over.

I also spoke with John Zieman at the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum and he already wants me to do a book signing next season.

And this is just the beginning.

But what does this have to do with you?

You have to take action.

You can’t just talk about writing a book, or taking up the guitar, or eating better, or studying, or practicing.

Anyone can talk about what they’re going to do.

But the successful people DO what they’re going to do.


Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great D.A. Abrams, Executive Director and COO of the USTA Eastern Section.


I may not know you, but I know this about you…

You want to win more…in sports, sales, school, relationships, music, etc.

Here’s how you do it: Don’t focus on winning!

Focus on the things that will help you win more.

1. Write down exactly what you want to accomplish

2. Write down three things you can do each day to get closer to that goal.

3. Do those three things!

4. Repeat.

And if you really want to ensure that you will reach your goals, find an accountability partner, who you will talk to at least once a week to make sure you are on track. (If you know you are going to talk to that person, you will be more likely to get the important things done.)

Remember what WIN stands for…

What’s Important Now


Everyone knows what to do, but nobody does what they know.

Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Lewis Howes, founder of Sports Networker and author of LinkedWorking.

Lewis Howes is my friend, and he is a rock star. He is an ex-pro athlete, author, speaker and entrepreneur. Howes travels all over the world educating and connecting people in sports and social media. He has networked with some of the top minds on the planet…and he’s just getting started.

The difference between Lewis Howes and everyone else is that Lewis is taking action…MASSIVE ACTION. In fact, he’s doing a webinar tomorrow from the beach in Argentina (I’m not happy about that).

See, you know what to do, but you’re not doing it.

You know you need to:

-practice more
-quit smoking
-study more
-spend more time with your family
-do your taxes
-de-clutter your house


K – A = O (Knowledge minus Action equals NOTHING)

Recently, I was teaching and one of my students kept hitting the ball into the net. I asked, “How can you make an adjustment?” She said, “Aim higher over the net.”

“Very good, but ARE YOU trying to aim higher over the net when you’re hitting?”

The response was “No.”

We all know what to do, but the great ones are actually doing it.


What are you NOT doing? Leave your comments below…



“Many people think we need to motivate ourselves before we take action, but the opposite is true-by acting we can motivate ourselves.”

I remember hearing about Tom Fleming, one of the greatest marathon runners of his day. When Fleming was in training, he would run between 150 and 175 miles per week.

Pretty amazing.

He was twice the New York City Marathon winner and runner-up in the Boston Marathon.

Someone once asked Fleming, “Did you ever NOT feel like running?”

Fleming responded, “EVERY DAY I didn’t feel like running…until I started running. Then I got into it.”


“The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for.”

Success does not come in bottles – it comes in “cans.”

One of the things I like about myself is that I take action. I don’t just say I’m going to do things, I actually do them.

Over the past couple of years, I have networked with some great people such as, Bob Ryland, James Blake, former NYC Mayor Dinkins, Rob Gilbert, Ellen Langer, Carol Dweck, Bob Emmons, Tal-Ben Shahar, Rayna DuBose, Carling Bassett-Seguso, Denise Capriati, Linda Courier, Jeff Greenwald, John Murray, Daniel Coyle and many more.

How did I do it?

I took action. I emailed some. I called some. I met some at various events. Most would not even approach these people. “Why would they want to talk to me?!” is a common question. Why not? The answer’s no unless you ask. I usually get responses back from people. If I don’t, no big deal; I’m no worse off. My latest connection? The great Dan Millman.

Dan Millman is one of my favorite authors. He has written fourteen books, including “The Way of the Peaceful Warrior” and “Mind Body Mastery.” Below are my five questions with Dan…

Ed Tseng Interviews Dan Millman

ET: What is the most important lesson you have learned?

DM: I am often asked these “most important” or “favorite” questions, as if I could sort through the multitude of lessons I’ve presented in thirteen books and find “the one.” This is tantamount to “the best meal you have ever eaten” or the “best film or book” you have ever read. In what genre? What time and place? My “most important” lessons continue to appear, moment to moment. Each arising situation, incident, challenge carries with it a potential lesson.

ET: Did you ever NOT feel like training? If so, what did you do/say to yourself?

DM: I did not (and do not necessarily) feel motivated to train (or take out the trash or do homework or write) on numerous occasions. I don’t wait for motivation. I accept whatever feelings are (or are not) arising; I focus on a given purpose; and I do what needs to be done. It is not a matter of applying a technique or self-talk, at least for me. In the chapter on “Reclaiming Your Will” in my book Everyday Enlightenment, I address this issue of will and motivation in more depth. It will always come down to: Just do it.

ET: What is your favorite technique to stay in the present?

DM: Not sure whether it is a technique or not, but I notice my physical body-presence. I notice my breathing, I relax, and I do whatever I’m doing as smoothly as I can do it. Back to the body, back to the present. The body always lives in the present; the mind flits from past to future. It’s fine to visit the past and future, but we don’t want to live there.

ET: What is your favorite quote?

DM: I have more than 1,000 pages of quotations collected over several decades. As noted above, I have no single favorite. It depends upon what I need to draw upon in any given moment. I show a Daily Quotation on my home page each day — some of my favorites…

ET: What is your favorite inspirational story?

DM: This request reminds me of another favorite quote by Jack London, addressing writers (or anyone, really): “Never wait for inspiration — go after it with a stick!”

Dan Millman is a former world champion athlete, university coach, martial arts instructor, and college professor.
His 14 books — including Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Wisdom of the Peaceful Warrior, The Life You Were Born to Live, No Ordinary Moments, The Laws of Spirit and The Journeys of Socrates — have inspired millions of readers in 29 languages worldwide.
The feature film, “Peaceful Warrior,” starring Nick Nolte, was adapted from Dan’s first book, an autobiographical novel.
His keynotes and seminars have influenced men and women from all walks of life, including leaders in the fields of health, psychology, education, business, politics, sports, entertainment, and the arts.
For more information on Dan Millman, visit

Thanks for reading and thank you, Dan.


“All of the ability is already inside you.”
-ROB GILBERT, PhD, Professor of Sports Psychology, Montclair State University

Does Roger Federer use a special racquet?

Does Steven King use a special dictionary?

Does Emeril Lagasse use special ingredients?

The answer to all of the above is…


You have access to all of the tools you need to become successful. You just have to learn the strategies. Learn from the already successful people in your sport or line of work. Read books on the subject. If someone has done what you want to do, you can do it too.

The right ingredients will make a bad meal with the wrong recipe.

The right racquet will do nothing for you, without good strokes.

1. Figure out what your goals are.
2. Figure out how to get there.
3. Take action.

Now go out there and become the architect of your future…

Thanks for reading.


Once, Sinclair Lewis, the novelist, was supposed to give an hour long talk to a group of college students aspiring to become writers. He started his presentation with this question: “How many of you really intend to be writers?”

All of the hands went up.

Lewis responded…

“In that case, my advice to you is to go home and write.”

And then he left.


I often hear from loyal blog readers telling me what they want to accomplish in life.

I have a confession.

I don’t care.

I don’t care what you say.

I care what you do.

An ounce of action is worth a pound of theory.

Now get to work. And do something nice for mom tomorrow.

Thanks for reading.


Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Salvatore Scarlata, owner of Vidalia Restaurant in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Happy Birthday to an amazing chef.

Can you quit smoking?

Can you go on a diet?

Can you start working out?

Some people say they can’t do this or can’t do that.

Then, I ask them, “Well, if I offered you a million dollars, could you?”

The answer is always, “Oh, yeah!”

So you can do the right things, but what I want to know is…

WILL you?


“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.