Tennis, Brian, America discussed on Masters in Business


A little blunt blurry than that. It's hard for me to wanna back that type of company. Everybody's favorite question. Tell us about some of your favorite books be they fiction non fiction. Venture investing or otherwise. So the the book that I really like and have gone back to it's a little tiny thin book. But it's called the inner game of tennis. And it's by guy by the name of Timothy Galway, and it basically talks about how do you how do you maintain high levels of performance while still being relaxed and sort of allow your your inner game the the game that you? Not the game that you necessarily practice for. But what happens when you're on the court playing? How do you how do you perfect that game as opposed to the very mechanical of throw the ball up hit the serve and make sure the ball goes in to like you're playing against an opponent? How do you make that? How do you allow yourself to relax and practice that? And it's it's so the implications of the book well beyond the tennis court and have been huge for me from from a business perspective on how do you maintain intensity while still being relaxed and thoughtful about about how you can approach the game from a different angle, the fasten any other books, you want to mention just finished reading recently a book called this integration by Eugene Robinson who at the Washington Post. It's a fascinating take from me on on the sub segmentation of black America, basically African Americans for for so long have been considered by politicians by by marketers to be relatively monolithic, but unit. Porn blocked. They're all gonna vote this way. They're going to do the by this kind of product. But in reality Robertson points out that there four different types of real subgroups, the the elite so the Obamas on the Oprah's of the world, the the the middle class, which is the the broad sort of group of us that are African American college educated, and who are who are working and living parts of the American dream. But then the the two that are really interesting to me were the emergent class of this is the the group of folks that are are biracial or biracial with with African American being part of that that that composition. But also, the African diaspora and immigrants who are first second third generation immigrants who have a totally different view of themselves because some of them aren't necessarily African Americans they might be Nigerian Brian's, but but but the the notion that that they see the world, and they they act and interact with the world differently. And then the final group was the what he calls the abandoned, which are the folks that just have really. Been left behind and are are the folks that we hear about and read about frequently in the news. And it just understanding that that that that black America's is really subset segmented into these different groups that have you know, obvious similarities, but but some pretty stark differences was a really fascinating some of the date on that fourth group is really very discouraging in terms of employment gains wage gains. It's just the numbers have been pretty pretty intimidating. I on a definitely take a look at that book. I have to ask you if you play tennis. And and if the book was at all, helpful I it, you know, my results not necessarily withstanding, but to me. Yeah. It was absolutely. That's that's it's it's one of my passions. I you know, I try to get out as frequently as I can I just registered for a new flex league. So I'm excited to get out on the court and work out some of the cobwebs. But yeah, I the the the ability to. To relax on the court and focus not focus on the mechanics of getting in the right position. But just play and breathe. And and then control that you can't that you can't that you can't control right? Like, you can control. How many times you bounce the ball? And you and it really teaches you the focus on the things that you can't control because there's so much you can't control. So in that moment, focus on breathing and focus on where you want to hit the ball as opposed to the exact mechanics of how you're gonna stand and how you're gonna position your racket in your feet hit the bottom. It's a it's a great read. The book was published in the seventies and has been used..

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