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The 6 Best Career Lessons We Can Learn From Tennis

Never Rest On Your Laurels

If you've won the first handful of points or games, well done, but the match isn't over until you win two or three sets. Momentum can change on a dime - your opponent is adjusting their game as much as you are to see what is effective.

You must stay engaged in your performance regardless of how far ahead you are because you never know when circumstances will shift.

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What you feel is not important

Feeling and thinking mean nothing. It’s what you do with your thoughts and feelings that determine your success.

Take more action in the direction you want to go. If your dream is to be phenomenal at sport, then take action towards achieving this goal.

Learning to love the things we hate

Throughout Andre Agassi’s book, he describes many times his hate for the sport of tennis. It’s clear by the end that he is able to deal with his hatred of tennis because he has learned to love it.

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Age is only a mindset

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Keep fighting

Serena Williams has found herself on the losing end of the set early on in the match and requiring two set wins to take the match. In these situations, she holds her head high and keeps fighting.

Do not throw in the towel. As long as there’s still time on that clock, you’re still in the fight.

Focus is key

Serena Williams: “If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that’s concentration.”

If you also want to become the best at what you do, developing the right focus is essential.

The mindset of a Winner

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Persistence

Serena Williams started playing tennis early on. Back in 2011, she had a major injury that caused her to plummet from being number 1 to 172. In 2013 she gained her rank back.

She decided to persist regardless of her injuries and losses.

Never Giving Up

In 2015 Serena Williams already had 21 Grand Slam titles. She was only 1 title away from scoring 22nd one, which was only done by Steffi Graf. She made it happen by winning Wimbledon 2016. 

Never give up. If someone else is winning, you can do it too.