I am somewhat of a ‘Self improvement addict’. That has to be contradiction of terms. Several of the podcasts and books I read recently kept mentioning this book called ‘Extraordinary Tennis for the Ordinary Player’ by Simon Ramo.
So I gave it a read over the Christmas break. It was worth it even though I have not picked up a tennis racket in 5 years and do not plan to anytime soon. Here is the main lesson of this book and how you can apply it to life:
Ramo wrote how in amateur tennis, 80 percent of points are lost, not won. Lost points, are those resulting from a player making what they call in tennis an unforced error, such as hitting an easy return out-of-bounds, rather than hitting a brilliant shot that is impossible for an opponent to return. You see it yet? The vast majority of amateur tennis players will have much more success by working on “not losing,” rather than by trying to “win.”
This idea is so simple but can be applied to almost every aspect of life. Don’t try and be a smart ass, don’t force things in life just keep knocking the ball back over the net and let the other person make the mistake.
OK, turning in for the night now just need to paste that quote by Charlie Munger. Ah there it is, and I am done.