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Serving up 3 Biz Lessons From the U.S. Open

Serving Up 3 Biz Lessons From the US Open

It’s that time of year as the heat and humidity surround The Billie Jean Tennis Center and I temporarily change my name to Liz Goodgoldova. With the start of round 3, I’m serving up these key business lessons:

1. It’s Easy to Fall from The Top— During the first 2 rounds of the tourney, #1 seed Simone Halep fell in the opening round only to be followed by #2 seed Caroline Wozniaki. Lesson: No one is immune from falling; staying at the top requires the same perseverance and effort as what got you into the elite ranks in the first place.

2. Coaching Matters— Wildfire player Nick Kyrgios possesses extreme raw talent, but can’t break into the top 10. Why? Because he eschews coaching depriving him of accountability, outside thinking, strategy, and recommendations that would get him to succeed. Lesson: If you’re inhaling your own fumes, hire a coach to get you on the right path.

3. It’s Good to Apologize— The USTA swiftly issued an apology after Alize Cornet was erroneously given a code violation for switching her shirt around from backwards to forward on court. Since we’ve all seen Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and dozens of other male players take their shirts off, the sexist backlash was fierce. Within hours, the apology was made. Lesson: We all make mistakes, own it, apologize, and move on.

I’ll be watching this Labor Day weekend; how about you? Here’s to a great weekend and the official end of summer.

To your sizzling hot success!


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