5 career lessons from Wimbledon 2013

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The UK will be celebrating today after Scottish Andy Murray became the first Brit to win the men’s Wimbledon in 77 years. To get into the spirit of things, we decided it was time to look at lessons that can be learned from the Champion in an entirely different area: your career.

Wimbledon 2013, as applied to your career:

1. Always keep your eye on the ball

Keep your professional objectives firmly in mind, be they netting the top sale of the year, improving your people skills or or scoring that work experience placement with a famous newspaper. The modern world is full of distractions: keep your ambitions clear. You might find it helps to write things down and put them somewhere where you can see them.

2. Speed things up from time to time

One of Murray’s top tactics is to throw in sudden bursts of speed to change the tempo of the game. If you feel you’re stuck in a career rut, try stepping up your game for a short time. If you’re looking for work, push yourself to send out a few extra applications. And if you’re already in a job, especially if you’ve been around for a while and are starting to feel a little too comfortable, challenge yourself to quicken your pace occasionally to see what you can achieve.

3. Know your enemy

Murray is renowned for being an intelligent player and using top tactics to win his matches. To do so, we imagine he has a pretty thorough understanding of his competition. Whether it’s by looking up other potential candidates for the job you want on LinkedIn or researching what rival companies are doing in your field, having a thorough understanding of the “enemy” is a good way to make sure you’re always one step ahead.

4. Allow yourself to make mistakes

Despite slipping up on occasions, Murray bounced back from his mistakes to continue playing consistently well. You’ll make plenty of mistakes in your career or job hunt (who doesn’t?), and the best course of action is to forgive yourself, learn from the experience and move on without looking back.

andymurray5. Don’t get hung up on external conditions

It’s clear that Murray, from the chilly climes of Dunblane, is not used to the unexpected sunshine of Wimbledon 2013 (in fact, the player admits to disliking wearing a sun cap). Rather than paying heed to obstacles, however, Murray did his best to withstand the heat and bravely powered on to win the match. A similar lesson can be applied to your job: to be a true champion, concentrate on the aspects of your career you have the power to change instead of focusing on the bad economic or industry climate.

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