“Connections are everything – ask any electrician.”
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Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Ron Dyson.

I’m here at the 2009 USPTA Eastern Division Annual Convention in Mt. Kisco, NY.

The purpose of this event is to network and further our education as tennis pros. Yesterday was a powerful day as John Yandell, Rob Polishook, Mark Fairchilds, Bill Mountford, Luke Jensen, yours truly, Daniel Burgess, and JoAnne Russell gave some great seminars. Afterwards, Whitney Kraft, Director of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center conducted a Cardio Fast Feed Contest and a One on One Doubles Tournament.

I learned some new things and I met some new people. I think that being here has given me and my book some new exposure. It may also bring about some new business opportunities.

During my talk, I spoke on the fact that we are all on the same team. Our network helps motivate us. It teaches us. It holds us accountable. It could help us in job searches. I will be sure to email every single person I met at this convention. I may be able to help them, and perhaps one day they will help me. You become the people you surround yourself with. Who do you surround yourself with?

Remember, you can’t put your hand in a pot of glue without some of it sticking.

Today – Stan Smith…

Thanks for reading.


Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Whitney Kraft.

Ever shoot pool? High level pool players not only focus on their current shot, but they look at the follow-up shots as well.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Ed, shouldn’t you stay in the present?”

Yes and no. I was at the USPTA Eastern Fall Conference yesterday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and Kevin Kane gave a great talk on how to go from tennis pro to head pro to director to general manager at a club. Most pros stay in the present – they just want to make the most money now instead of looking at the big picture. But if you want to make it long term, it’s in your best interest to look down the road.

In pool, it’s good to focus on your shot, but if you don’t have a good “leave” for the next shot, you are done. If you do look one or two shots ahead, you can set yourself up for a win and make your life easier.

Life is the same way. I know one of my goals is to become one of the top speakers in the world and start my own mental training/sports facility. And all the steps I’m taking today are helping me move in that direction.

So stay in the present, but know where you want to go so you can set yourself up for greatness.

Thanks for reading.