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What it Takes to Be #1 in The World

While in Miami this weekend at the Sony Ericsson Tennis Finals I had the unbelievable fortune of being poolside at the same time as the current #1 ranked female tennis player in the world, Caroline Wozniacki.

Although I didn’t speak to her (My wife, Suzanne, did all the talking) being that close to someone who has accomplished so much had a very profound effect on me and I’d like to share a little bit of that with you in case you too could also benefit the way I have.

Here’s what went through my mind after meeting Caroline in person:

Being the #1 female tennis player in the world doesn’t happen “by accident”.

It was earned.

Decisions were made.

Plans were executed. Daily. For YEARS.

Hurdles were overcome. Constantly.

It wasn’t a “gene pool” lottery of fame and fortune. It was blood, sweat and tears. Which means all of us can rise up and grab our own “fame and fortune”.

Focus. Passion. Desire. Commitment.

Saying “NO” to immediate gratification choices in-order to improve the odds of achieving the long-term gratification / desires, even though there are never any guarantees.

Wozniacki isn’t the first person I’ve met that has accomplished their goals but the effects I feel are almost always the same: INSPIRED.

How can I get BETTER at what I do? What did they do differently in their life (daily, weekly, monthly etc) then what I’m doing now and how can I incorporate those “missing pieces” of the “formula for success” into my own game plan?

It makes no difference if I’m in a different field then they are. The path to success is the same. It boils down to choices and decisions. How you think and what you ultimately decide to do. Your decisions today will greatly influence where you are tomorrow.

There are 1440 minutes in each and every day. How we decide to use them is entirely up to us.


Michael Pedone – CSS: Chief Sales Scientist at SalesBuzz.com (A 2011 Sales Training Company Watch List Award Winner!)

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