Today I drove down to my alma mater, Gustavus Adolphus College, with one of my doctoral students to talk with Steve “Wilk” Wilkinson, the pioneering and Hall of Fame (now retired) men’s tennis coach. I’ve written previously about Wilk, as I think he is one of the wisest people I know, embodies a wonderful philosophy, and is an amazing coach. We discussed many things related to a mutual project (stay tuned!), but here are my three take-aways that I can share.
1. Do not ascribe evil intent to your opponent.
2. “Faith is the courage to Be”-Wilk citing religious philosopher Paul Tillich
3. No one loses on purpose if they are a competitor.
There are MANY lessons and avenues for reflection embedded in these three nuggets. I’ll leave you to ponder them.