This weeks tip is from Swiss tennis star, Roger Federer. Considered one of the greatest tennis players of all-time, Federer has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles in his long career.

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The beauty of this quote is in the embracing. We all know hard work is needed for success. I’ve shared many tips from successful athletes and coaches pertaining to hard work. But the embracing… that is not discussed much.

If you just get through the hard work… or endure it… or just tolerate it, are you really benefiting? If you love someone do you tolerate that person or embrace him/her? Clearly the key to maximizing your time & efforts is your attitude.

Hard work is not the only thing successful athletes need to embrace. Correction and humility are not to be tolerated, but embraced. Psalms 12:1 says

“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.”

In my novel, The Blue Team, Thomas Conner finally learned to embrace correction and humility and his play blossomed. One way to look at humility is to say it’s the ability to embrace criticism & correction. Tolerating correction doesn’t do much good. If you simply put up with it, but deep inside your grumbling or feeling sorry for yourself, you won’t get better.

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