Because I’m an avid fan of professional tennis, I talk with my tennis buddies about Venus and Serena, Federer and Nadal as if they’re our next-door neighbors. Their successes elevate them to the status of heroes, but as a fellow reporter taught me in my first journalism job, I constantly listen for lessons we mere mortals can learn from these heroes.
Recently, my ears perked up when I heard the mantra that French Open champ Rafael Nadal has adopted: stay hungry, stay humble. I interpret it to mean “I’m hungry to reach new heights without calling myself the greatest.”
How can you and I adapt that mantra to our own challenges? Having just gone through the soul-searching agony of producing a flyer to market my editing business, I’ve thought about this a lot!
My flyer (request it at email@example.com) piggybacks on my client’s #3 New York Times best-seller How Come That Idiot’s Rich and I’m Not. This book has allowed Robert Shemin to change the direction of his career, stretching to a higher level than ever. For me, the equivalent success is helping more nonfiction authors reach new heights through expert editing.