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131 – Did you have a nice Grand Slam, darling?

Follow your passion without thinking about the outcome, and success will follow. Listen to hear how a mother’s happy accident aided Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s tennis career.

Thank you for joining us for another episode of Anecdotally Speaking! This week, Shawn shares a short but lovely story from the world of sport.

Shawn recently heard Evonne Goolagong Cawley share this story, a tennis story, on the radio. Evonne is an Australian former world number one tennis player. She was one of the world’s leading players in the 1970s and early 1980s.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Tags: passion, performance, perspective, results, success

This story starts at 01:11

Evonne Goolagong Cawley grew up in Barellan. Being from an Aboriginal (Wiradjuri) family, she and her family knew little about tennis. But she watched people playing and grew interested in the sport.

One day, she was peering through the fence of a tennis court, watching, when someone invited her to play. She was a natural talent.

Once she had picked up the sport, a pattern emerged. Every day, when she would head off to play a game, her Mum would say, “Well, have a lovely day, honey.”

When she got home, her Mum would ask, “Well, did you have a great day?” Not once did her Mum ask her whether she’d won or how she’d played.

Soon, Evonne developed a practice of never really thinking about the outcome when she was playing. Instead, she played with the perspective that she would have a great day.

She went on to have a fantastic professional career which saw her win Wimbledon, the Australian Open, and the French Open.

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