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Leadership Inspiration By Douglas R.
And, at times, I have just plain screwed up. And the list goes on.
I am blessed with an amazing wife of 36 years, an equally amazing family, and a collection of wonderful friends and colleagues. I have had the opportunity to successfully realize my career ambitions as a Fortune CEO and Chairman.
I continue to have the opportunity to help build a better world in partnership with several organizations in the non-profit space. Through it all, I have been buoyed by a steadfast faith that has helped me get through the rough patches.
Now, at the age of 63, I find myself reflecting on the lessons from my youth that have helped guide me through the stormy seas of everyday life. Interestingly, I have found that my experience with the game of tennis, of all things, has had a remarkable impact on my broader life journey.
For context, I started earnestly playing the game of tennis relatively late in my youth and had a modestly good run. After being cut from my freshman high school team, I went on to become a highly ranked player in the Midwest and was ultimately recruited to attend Northwestern University on tennis scholarship to play for the well-known tennis coach, Clare Riessen.
I started all four years at Northwestern, and in my last two years I played 2nd singles and 1st doubles. Over the four years, I achieved a winning record against a challenging schedule. Through it all, I practiced the game for thousands of hours, played hundreds of competitive matches, and had the opportunity to teach tennis to a countless number of people.
In the process, I learned a lot about what it takes to be a competitive player, an impactful coach, and an effective teacher. But I also learned pivotal lessons that became profoundly helpful to my life journey. It would have been easy to give up but I dedicated myself to following my passion for the sport and spent hundreds of hours practicing alone by hitting balls against whatever wall in the neighborhood was available.
By the next year, my competitive profile began to improve and I became one of the better junior players in the Midwest. I learned that passionately pouring yourself into a cause could yield substantial returns. This thought from Tolstoy comes from his novel, Anna Karenina. The essence of the idea is straightforward.
Instead, I chose to redouble my efforts and that decision led to a series of experiences with the sport that have been life-shaping. We all have the power of choice in our lives. I have learned to choose to make the best of every situation.
I learned the lesson of these 10 two-letter words time and again, both when playing and teaching. I found that I needed to take total responsibility and ownership over my performance profile every day. When playing, particularly singles, I discovered that there was nowhere else to turn but inward when trying to find my way through a difficult match.
When teaching, the student was counting on me to provide wise counsel and, again, there was nowhere else to turn. This became an incredibly important lesson in my business career.
I learned early on that the level of success I achieved in competition was directly proportional to the intensity of practice that I employed before competing.
Put another way, it is hard for me to imagine achieving any level of competitive success in an enduring fashion without intense practice and hard work.
In that sense, this lesson is all about bringing a fierce resolve and sense of purpose to your work every day. I learned this lesson both from playing and teaching tennis. I came to view the art of playing and teaching tennis as a craft. As a craft, I learned to think of it in terms of working with a mastery model.
In that sense, this is a life lesson that searches for continuous improvement in your performance profile over time, knowing that you can always do better.It looks like you've lost connection to our server.
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