By Geoff De Weaver, CEO + Founder Touchpoint Entertainment Inc.
I recently wrote an article entitled ‘STEP UP & ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOALS’ e.g. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/step-up-accomplish-your-goals-geoff-de-weaver It was about staying passionate and the importance of stepping up and lifting your standards every day. It was also about, managing your state of mind daily & surrounding yourself with achievers, visionaries, experts and outstanding people who can complement and inspire you to achieve new levels of achievement. This article has a similar theme.
Here are a few key points from my past that have shaped and pushed me to take control, live with passion and consistently expand my mind, body and soul while pushing for more joy, more focus, and a happier and more successful life.
As an American kid who had moved to Australia in the 70s, and started having amazing success in Swimming Carnivals/Event under, the instruction of former Australian Olympic Silver Medallist from the 1960 Summer Olympics, Terry Gathercole. I first learned about discipline, commitment and to have a ‘never give up’ attitude from his elite swimming team. I went on to explore another sport to see if I could have another athletic area to focus my unbridled and unchecked youthful energy.
And, just like Mark Spitz motivated and inspired me with his Olympic Swimming prowess, it was an amazing group of globally ranked Aussie Tennis players that sparked my interest in tennis. Australians dominated world tennis in the 1950s-1970’s winning many of the major Grand Slam tournaments: the Australian, French and United States Opens, and Wimbledon in the UK. This period was known as the ‘Golden Age’ of Australian tennis.
BUT, it was Rod Laver along with other Australian Tennis Stars, that sure motivated me too. In fact, (Rodney) ‘Rocket’ Rod Laver was an Australian Tennis great (Pictured in the main image above) , widely regarded as one of the greatest players in tennis history. He was also the first Aussie to win the Pro ‘Grand Slam’ in one year as well as winning 200 singles titles – the most in tennis history. He still holds the all-time male singles records of 22 titles in a single season.
The Golden Age included the likes of: Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, Tony Roche, Fred Stolle, John Newcombe, Roy Emerson, Lew Hoad, Pat Cash, Neale Fraser, Mal Anderson, Margaret Court, Lesley Turner Bowrey, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Frank Sedgeman, Wendy Turnbull, etc.
So, as a young kid, my tireless energy and interest in sport, and its challenges, inspired me to learn a whole new skill-set while inspired by a whole new set of stars and hero’s.
And, just as my ‘new found’ passion kicked in, I was quick to learn that Dennis ‘Dinny’ Pails, who was an Australian Tennis champion from 1947, was now coaching at my nearest Tennis Club in Sydney, Australia. So, as I wasn’t at swimming training on Saturday mornings, I quickly persuaded my parents that I ‘needed’ to play tennis like Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, Tony Roche or John Newcombe.
So I started tennis lessons and training with ‘Dinny’. I remember him saying to me at every lesson, ‘it’s daily action over time that creates a lasting habit.’ And then he would hit another ball towards me critiquing each and every swing or step I did, to return the shot.
Because ‘Dinny’ was a former Australian Tennis Champion, and I didn’t want to be embarrassed or not give him my best. I hustled and mustered every ounce of speed and energy to return each shot. He would always say ‘Show commitment, you won’t get success without it.’
Importantly, ‘Dinny’ also had a right-handed, one-handed backhand and, I always remember trying to copy his each and every movement on the swing for both my backhands and forehands. I could not have found a more patient, generous, kind or disciplined coach to teach me the nuances of tennis.
Dinny helped me to…
According to Dinny, ‘If you’re going to be successful, you need every advantage available to you, and to do this you must explore everything – from practice, strategies, foods, exercising and health’.
For the next few years I went from a novice to winning Age Group Tennis competitions and then eventually playing in the Under 16 Australian Tennis Open before I was 16 years. The single biggest lesson I learned from Dinny Pails was to apply myself just like he did when he became an Australian Tennis Open Champion. I had to learn the proper techniques, understand the philosophies, plans, systems and strategies take pride in the work and to repeat it every single day. It’s still the same for anyone who wants to maximize whatever talents they originally brought to their sport or Career.
The difference between people who have great skill and those that are genuinely successful is that the ones who win have a positive attitude. And it’s the attitude a person develops that is the most important ingredient in determining the level of success they achieve.
In conclusion, having learned from both Terry Gathercole and Dinny Pails about the importance of consistently improving, focusing, taking control to achieve lasting success, I think Pat Riley (Former head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Miami Heat, respectively) said it best when he stated:
“There’s a big difference between an excellent game and game excellence. Anyone can have an excellent pool game, anybody can have an excellent basketball game, and anybody can have an excellent sales week, day, month or year. Anyone can have one of those. People who have the mentality that it’s about game excellence, basketball excellence, or sales excellence — these are the people who understand how to make a winning team.
When you define the word `excellence’ or `to excel’ you’re talking about people who understand how to go above and beyond and how to surpass. Those are the people who simply want to be part of something significant that wins. They are the people who can understand and can define the word excellence. That’s what excellence is about.
Excellence is not about having things, or about having recognition, or about having money or power or position, or any of those ego-gratifying things. It’s about being a part of something worthwhile. It develops the attitude where people can go above and beyond.”
Finally, I hope you all achieve your business goals, improve your personal relationships, financial dreams, spiritual journey’s and daily growth. As I am constantly reminded, if you are not climbing, pushing the boundaries or expanding your influence or you are sliding down or slipping – make sure you invest in activities that will make you grow, expand and not lose valuable ground in 2016 and the coming years.
Live your dreams, stay passion and PLAY BIG.
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Hailing originally from New York; Geoff De Weaver is the globally experienced entrepreneur and marketer, technology disruptor, trend hunter, transformation expert, author, keynote speaker and CEO of Touchpoint Entertainment Inc.
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‘When Action Meets Passion & Compassion, Lives Change’ ~ Geoff De Weaver