3 Ways Tennis Helped Me In Business
Growing up playing tennis served me in more ways than I can get down on paper. As I have written before in previous posts, tennis has played a major role in who I am today, and I know it has helped many others and will continue to do so.
Which is kind of the purpose of this blog. To let the many benefits of playing tennis be known. Today and maybe more days after this I want to share how tennis has helped me in business.
I have entered the business world this past year and every single day I draw on my tennis experiences. Its amazing. The situations I come across every day and how I respond to them are just like the ones I faced as a player in my matches and practices.
Here are three ways how tennis has helped me in my transition to the business world.
As a tennis player I failed a lot. In fact, I lost more matches than I could count. I lost a match in most of the tournaments I played. Dealing with failure was a huge part of my tennis development.
And probably the most important part. You have to learn how to learn from your losses. Use them to help make you a better player. Play and practice as hard as you can to win all the matches you play, but when you lose, learn to use it.
Because it is during and after those losses that you will learn the most, and as a result of that become a better player. Business is the same way. I get beat up every day. One day it might be a customer who doesn’t like our service, or a deal that doesn’t quite go our way.
Each of these situations I have to learn from. How can we serve our customers better? How can we prepare better for meetings? When I look at things that way I learn from them and I improve.
Tennis taught me how to be disciplined. I had to schedule my time wisely. In order to be the player I wanted to be I had to practice and train. Being disciplined with your time is a learned skill.
Everyone can learn it. Business requires that same discipline. Waking up a little earlier than everyone else to prepare for the day, and learning more about your industry than anyone else. All of this requires discipline.
One Thing at a Time
In tennis, my coach always told me to play one point at a time. Forgetting the last point, and not looking forward to future points. Just focus on the point that you are about to play.
It is one of the best pieces of advice I have ever received, and also one of the hardest things to actually execute on a tennis court. Its easy to get down if you played a bad point. Its also easy to worry about all the things that might happen if you lose or when a particular point.
Its hard to focus on where you are right now. Same goes for business. Focus on today. Focus on that one most important thing you need to get done that will add the most value to your customers and you company. That’s hard.
But that is playing one point at a time. And that is what is going to get you the results you want. Tennis teaches you business skills. All you have to do is choose to learn them.
Choose to see the game as an avenue to learn. You will be a better tennis player for it. And it will also serve you in business and in life.
By Pierre Fassbender, Founder of Sportystation