Tennis, Golf, Roger Federer discussed on Masters in Business


I mean, like folks like building kings whereby it, and it's the the authors now written several other books about like, you know, the inner game of golf and the inner game of business and things like that. But but for me the application as somebody who loves tennis and loves playing tennis into business into my personal life has been really helpful guide. That's fascinating. I am late to the game of tennis only started playing within the past few years. Years. And my one of my biggest issues I do these drills on Monday nights. And most of the I shouldn't say most about two thirds of the gets men's drills two thirds of the guys are considerably younger than me. And there's a group of guys in their fifties. And sixties most of whom are either good or very good. And the problem with playing with the young studs are that they want to crush the ball. It's baseball and as much as I laugh at them. It's like unforced their unforced era when you're playing with big hitters. You can help the crowd sucks you along. And suddenly I'm trying to smash the ball, and it's a constant effort. I love that idea of relaxed intensity. Don't try and kill the ball play within yourself. And, but you you mentioned that and I immediately went to that I'm gonna crush this ball, Roger Federer style. But you're not ready for federal you don't have that. Yeah. Just get get the. All across the net, the place that you wanted to see if you can hit the ball where you want it to go. You will nine times out of ten when the point right? And if you can focus on just that hitting the ball where you want it to go well before I learned the proper mechanics, I could literally put the ball anywhere on the court. Yeah. Not with power not with speed. But I could kiss any line. I wanted to once I learned the proper way to stroke a ball that skill set took a step back as you start learning the mechanics and becoming more comfortable with it. But there's like Mike Tyson says all of that preparation goes out and you get hit in the. That's exactly that's exactly right. And and that testosterone poisoning that competitive spirit. These are drills. It doesn't there's no winning and losing who cares. Right. You get sucked right into it. It's the most amazing bit of of crowd psychology. I I it's I'm gonna look into that book because it's definitely appealing. And once again, we digress. About tennis instead of talking about. What we should be talking about. So let's talk about the venture capital industry. What's changed since you've joined the industry, and is this for the better or the worse. I'd say the biggest thing has just been the the influx of data into the industry. You know, it's it's funny. We we require and suggest an advisor companies to leverage data and your decision making. And I think for the for the first time now, we've got huge sets of big data that help us understand and rank and target entrepreneurs. And so it's important for us to to leverage this data because it helps us and helps us make better decisions and helps us be more. Algorithm. Mc about our decision making. But it also really helps us recognize that that we can bring in more entrepreneurs of color and women entre preneurs into the fold because we're not necessarily relying on just network pattern matching from from guys who went to Harvard or guys who went to Stanford who all look alike. And so it it's I'm I'm happy that that that's the case because it's may. Taking the table bigger. And adding allowing us to add more seats to the table of entrepreneurs and broaden that scope of entrepreneurs, particularly for as we were talking about earlier some of the people who who have been left behind even further. So when we look at the sort of demographics of who venture investing is is giving money to specifically, do you think revolution is more diverse more gender friendly more people of color friendly than the typical?.

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