Become A Learner

images[5]Chapter Nine

YOU MUST BECOME A LEARNER

“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” – Tony Robbins

Think again back to that time when you first discovered that tennis was interesting.

Okay, now that you remember when it was, forget about it for just a moment, and try to remember how it made you feel. It made you feel great, and you wanted to know a lot more about tennis. You probably read books at school about it, or went to the library to find out more about it, looked it up online, or asked people who knew about it. You watched the pros play on television. The attitude you brought to that situation was as important as the knowledge itself. And so it is today. If you really want a better game, if you have the desire, and the will, your next step is to become extremely knowledgeable about the area in your game you want to improve.

Become an expert at it! Arm yourself with knowledge. Read everything you can about how you can improve your serve, or your backhand. Join an online group of tennis ‘students’. Subscribe to my newsletter. Become a student and take a lesson from someone WHO’S GAME AND TEACHING ABILITY YOU RESPECT. This is how things get done, and dreams come true. Knowledge is your magic bullet. One shot at a time is how you play the game. And focus is what puts your shots on target.

Surround Yourself With Success

It is one thing for me to sit here and tell you to become an expert at something. It is quite another for you to do it. Thankfully, there are resources and communities online that weren’t around when I started playing tennis. But, you still need to take the time and find out what you need to know. As I said earlier, if there was another way I would show you. If I could point the way to an easier path to success, I would. But, remembering that you deal in reality, you would have it no other way. Neither would I. Harry Chapin said it beautifully: “It’s got to be the going, not the getting there that’s good.” And so it is with you. “It’s not the Gold, it’s the Getting”, right? You are excited about what you are going to learn. You’ve come this far, and it could be no other way. Find out who has the knowledge you need for the specific area of your game that you want to improve, and go get it.

ASK, AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE

“If you do not ask the right questions, you do not get the right answers. A question asked in the right way often points to its own answer.”

– Edward Hodnett

You’d be surprised at how many people would be willing to help you with your game if you just asked them. Successful players usually like to help players, because they know what it’s like to struggle. Read that again. There are people out there who want to help you. You just have to ask the right questions of the right people. Get your ego out of the way. Become a person that respects himself as a learner. When you ask questions of someone who has the knowledge you need, both people win. You win because you get the knowledge you desire. The person you’re asking questions of wins as well, because you are showing that person that you respect them by seeking out their advice. How many people do you know who can help you? How many people are you willing to contact? How bad do you want to achieve your goals? Look up as many resources as you can, and start asking questions. You will find our free newsletter here on this page. Wisely apply the information you receive from us.

In our next installment, we’re going to start putting this all together by giving you a detailed plan of action.

1 Comment

  • Marlon Sibaja Villalobos

    March 11, 2014

    Excelente comentario,los he estado siguiendo por algún tiempo y he logrado mejorar en muchos aspectos.

    saludos
    Marlon
    COSTA RICA

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