Two people yesterday spoke to me about an overwhelming link between the mindset of a great tennis player and the mindset of a great leader. Not that I am going to make a definitive analysis here, but a couple of fun, if not provocative, concepts:

  1. [in doubles,] best to pick a parter you respect and get along with, who also has complementary skills.
  2. in warm ups, everyone looks good. It’s when you are pushed wide out of the court and on the run in a game that you see the great players making shots. Under stress, you see the real you.
  3. the best players are always looking to improve. Seek to improve [get the motivation] and your listening skills will follow. Afterwards, there is nothing to replace hard work.

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