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By Jeanette Lee
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August: Dream Big
August 2008
Q. I play pretty good for a 13-year-old, and I want to get to the point where I can become a professional player. My dad thinks I'm insane, that it's not realistic. How do I prove him wrong?
David Hama; Los Angeles

A. Of course, you won't get anywhere without a little ambition and a dream. So please, dream big. Because there is one thing that I've learned: People become who they believe they are. Don't be confined by someone else's version of reality. When I first joined the pro tour in 1990, people said that I wasn't realistic to think that I could beat established top-ranked professionals like Ewa Laurance and Loree Jon Jones. But I knew, each time I went for a shot, that I could make that one shot. And when the next one came up, I could make that one too. And so, shot by shot, I managed to make my vision come true. The reality that everyone else saw - that of a rookie in over her head - didn't really matter. I had created my own universe, in which I was a pool player, making smart decisions. Before that year was over, there was a new reality in the rankings: I was No. 1. So, if you're not afraid to dream, and you're willing to work, believe me when I say that you can reach your dreams.