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Having a Ball in Paris

I have been contending with a sciatica challenge for at least five years now. I have a nerve that is 50% damaged, and it seems to be regressing. I have seen a chiropractor and had an epidural, but so far, to no avail.

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Peak Performance in Mallorca

Gary Carmell Juan Rafael Nadal Academy May 2023

Last week I had the great pleasure of returning to Mallorca with Heather to participate in another tennis excursion. I have learned some good tips that I hope to continue to apply to improve my game. The highlight so far (it’s still going on as I write this),

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Getting in the Arena in Austin - Resilience

The Road to Resilience Gary Carmell

One of the beneficial things about writing a blog each week is that it helps me prepare for presentations that I have to do periodically. Last week we had our national meeting in Austin for many of our CWS employees, and this week we have our annual investor meeting.

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10 Years Later: Getting in the Game and Staying in the Game

10th Blogging Anniversary May 2, 2013

This week is the 10th anniversary of my website going live, and during this decade, I have fortunately been able to write a blog each week without interruption. It has helped me become more observant and focused while on vacations knowing I will write about some of them while away.

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Where Do We Go from Here? Life's Inflection Points

Gary - Where Do We Go from Here_ Life's Inflection Points

Where do we go from here

Now that all of the children are growin’ up?

And how do we spend our lives

If there’s no one to lend us a hand?

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Valuable Lessons and Surprises in Surprise

Gary Carmell National Tennis Tournament April 2, 2023 B

Last week I wrote about my preparation for playing in a tennis tournament in Surprise, AZ. This week I’m going to report on the results, my experience, and lessons learned. As Mike Tyson famously said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” 

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Training for Lucidity

USTA NTRP National Championship March 31, 2023

Because my blogs need to be approved by CWS’ compliance personnel, I do my best to ensure they are done by Friday so that the reviewers don’t have to work on weekends. Given that the blog is published on Mondays, there are times when events have transpired that may have altered what I wrote had there not been such a delay.

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Playing and Living Fiercely

Playing and Living Fiercely

Last week I wrote about the epiphany I had of focusing on loving to win versus hating to lose and how I savored a great forehand that I hit playing in a tennis tournament even though I lost. This led me to focus much more on the satisfaction of that great forehand versus what I didn’t do well or on the mistakes I made.

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Two Years Later - Learning To Love To Win More Than Hating To Lose

Gary Heart Asher Kimchi February 2023

A couple of weekends ago, I played in a tennis tournament. Then on the following Monday evening, I played doubles from 5:00 to 6:30, followed by a clinic from 7:00 to 8:30. Proving there’s no rest for the weary, the next morning, I had a training session from 6 to 7 and then played singles from 8:00 to 9:30.

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Turning a Liability into Asset via the Sale of a 100 Year Old House

Starting in 2012, my late wife and I began to invest in residential real estate beyond our primary residence and CWS investments. In 2013 Roneet decided that she wanted to have a small weekend place in Laguna Beach. I thought it was an idea definitely worth exploring,

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