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Old 03-21-2014, 11:06 AM   #1904
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Default Re: Johnny Groove retires from tennis

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Originally Posted by RicardotheGreat View Post
I'm relatively new to MTF so I haven't been following Groove's career, but I've enjoyed reading through old threads about the ups and downs of life as a pro player. And I have a few things to say.

Johnny, even though you never made it big, the important thing to remember is that you followed your dream. That takes a lot of balls for someone to do, and it requires a lot of sacrifice. Many people in this world forgo opportunities to do what makes them happy in favor of something that pays more or is a steadier source of income, but you didn't. You had the courage and the willpower to venture out on your own path, and you persevered through obstacle after obstacle in order to do what you truly enjoy doing.

That's something special. It really is.
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Originally Posted by Jolyon View Post
Very nicely said. A matured comment.

I would also like to add, when one follows one's passion and tries out something unusual unlike the guy next door generally does or the guys in the neighborhood generally do, and when it does not work out, one should also be flexible enough to make amends. That's what all successful people, who venture out of ordinary, do; they take calculated risks. When it does not work out, they make changes or stop it and venture into something else.
With all due respect, but you fail to understand how bad Johnny exactly was. He had literally 0% of succeeding, to ever get a ranking even.

Hopefully when someone in your family attempts something similar you try to stop it instead of encouraging it.
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