Friday, February 25, 2011

Business Trip

Last week I had the opportunity to go to Orlando Florida for my companies annual MEGA meeting. This is where 3,500 of my “closest” colleagues meet to for a variety of reasons. It is good to see people with whom I haven’t seen in a while and participate in some team building and strategy sessions. One of the highlights of the trip was hear Billie Jean King speak. She is a former professional tennis player who won 12 grand slam titles, 16 grand slam doubles titles and is known for beating Bobby Riggs in 1973 in “The Battle of the Sexes”. She has also been named one of the 20th Centuries most influential people due to her mission against sexism.

She had some great things to say and told some wonderful stories. One in particular stressed that you never know how your interactions with others will impact your life. When she was in elementary school, she meet a young friend who asked her to play tennis and Billie had no idea what the game was. It sounded fun to her and the rest is history. If it wasn’t for that little girl, who knows what would have happened.

Another thing I found interesting is the main reason Billie continued to pursue tennis at an early age is that she figured that was the only way she would be able to have a voice for women’s rights and express its importance.

She also coined the phrase, “Pressure is a Privilege”. This was a theme for the entire week and when you think about it…its true. We should feel lucky to be put in situations that involve pressure because it means that people are counting on us and we must perform. However, in order to perform under pressure we must prepare. Lack of preparation will not produce the results we want. Once the time arrives to perform, the time to prepare has passed.

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