As you age, is your tennis game in decline? Some people accept “the inevitable,” while others at all ages are still working to improve their skills. They are following the basic business philosophy called Kaizen, which has been loosely translated as “Improve or Die.”
The concept of Kaizen was created in Japan following World War II. The word Kaizen means “continuous improvement” and comes from the Japanese words (“kai”) which means “change” or “to correct” and (“zen”) which means “good.” In business, the concept means there must be continuous improvement in your product or methods, or your company will eventually fade away.
Three Role Models
For me, I have three role models. Naples friends Jack Lease and Gordon Hammes, both playing in their 80s and both continually looking to improve their games. (And Gordon finally was able to beat his nemesis King Van Nostrand and win a Gold Ball in the process).
And New Hampshire/Naples friend Bill Simonton, The King of “What’s new?” Whether it is new strings, new racquet, higher/lower string tension, two-handed backhand, extra slice … he is always working on something new.
“Don’t look back…”
Legendary Negro League pitcher Satchel Page is attributed with the famous quote when asked about his aging, he said, “Don’t look back. Someone might be gainin’ on you.”
How about you… are you striving to improve or are they gainin’ on you?
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