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Last Day of the Show

It's Saturday, and while I'm excited to get back home to the fam (the husband and a 4-month-old puppy), I am not excited to leave this beautiful weather. San Diego has definitely been a pleasurable place to visit, and I've enjoyed my time and the seafood here.

However, the best part of the show for me -- and this is purely for personal reasons -- was this morning. Martina Navratilova gave a feature presentation titled "Champion for Life," and I was in total awe. An avid tennis player and fan myself, I was thrilled to see her speak, and Pam and I even scored a spot in the front row. Navratilova spoke at length about her experiences playing at Wimbledon and other tennis tournaments and applied what she's learned throughout her life to create seven principles for "living the life of a champion." The principles apply to sports, work and life. They are as follows:

1. Play consistently to your strengths. Know what you're good at and focus on promoting those skills.

2. Don't quit until you get it right. Strive for excellence, not perfection.

3. Decide what you want. And, make a plan to get there with meaningful, measurable goals.

4. Turn adversity into advantage. Struggle builds character.

5. Show the world who you really are. You're in charge of your own brand, and ask yourself what's really different about your class, program or club, and promote that.

6. Surround yourself with support. You should always have people around you who believe in you.

7. You gotta have fun! Ninety percent of the battle is to love what you're doing. If you do that, the results will follow. --Jennipher

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