Many people say that tennis is the sport that most clearly resembles and relates to our lives. To succeed at the game it takes grit, as does success in business. Successful tennis players share many similarities with successful business owners – it takes hard work to refine your skills, dedication, grit, and, most importantly, resilience. Here are just a few lessons we can learn about succeeding in business from tennis: 1. You’re responsible for your outcomes. Tennis players and business owners both have competitors but who you should be competing against is yourself. You are constantly working toward improvement, and while you work with others to refine your skills you are ultimately responsible for your outcomes. 2. You are going to fail. Tennis is comprised of so many games, sets, and matches that, like in business, failure is inevitable. To succeed in the long-run in either, you can’t be phased by your failures. You have to learn from them, work to improve, and move forward. 3. It’s a mental game. Being the biggest, strongest or hardest working player isn’t enough on the tennis court. You have to be able to emphasize your strengths, exploit your opponent’s weaknesses, and anticipate what is going to happen. You can’t let emotions take over and have to have a strong mental fortitude. The same goes for business. 4. Momentum is constantly shifting. Winning 10 matches in a row means nothing to a successful player because they understand momentum can change on a dime. In business, the market shifts are so frequent and sharp you can never get comfortable and must be constantly improving and innovating. Tell me – what lessons have you learned through a hobby that you found relevant to running a business? 👊 #getunstoppable
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