As Wimbledon fever grips Britain and the world, it may all seem like fun and games. But beneath the pleasantries and sportsmanship, there are simple principles that can help you run your business with the focus, grit, and determination of a world-class tennis athlete. Here are four inspirational tips straight from the playbooks of some of the world’s most successful tennis players.
“You learn everything in sports, without even knowing that you’re learning. I’ve learned how to win, how to lose, how to set new goals, how to deal with [myself], how to deal with others—all that stuff. It’s so funny: I picked up this book once, by a renowned business school, about how to be resilient. I was like, ‘Oh, I learned that playing tennis!’” - Venus Williams
Tennis stars like Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova are widely admired, not only for their prowess with a racquet, but also because of the time they make for their fans. Watching them mingle with crowds after wins, it’s easy to gauge how grateful they are to fans for the support and commitment to their athleticism and brand. Whether it's signing autographs at events, taking pictures, or just joking around with people, these tennis greats spend as much time as they can showing gratitude - an effort that’s clearly appreciated by the enthusiastic crowds.
In business, it’s very common for successful people to forget where they came from and who helped them get there. What sort of benefits could you reap if your end goal was letting people know how grateful you are for their support of your business? Improved social media presence, a handy feedback base, and strong brand advocacy to name but a few.
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