Zero gravity thinkers can make amazing contributions to the way we participate in life. They shun convention and seek the illusive adjacent possible. But they are largely unknown in the field of tennis. In this episode we consider the contributions of a zero gravity thinker to our game.
A tennis expert (i.e. a commentator, a club owner, or a pro) wouldn't consider or recommend adding a reading session as part of your on court tennis class - likely because reading story or a work of non-fiction is something that's done in a library or classroom, not on a court. A tennis expert would question why and likely pose objections along the lines of:
* Customers/students are paying for movement, not reading. * The court isn't setup like a library or classroom, how would this even happen? * What's the connection to tennis or how is it relevant to the game? * Nobody else is doing this, why should we
That's because a tennis expert is tethered to their experience, tennis convention (i.e. this is the way we've always done it and this is the way we'll continue to do it!), and the threat of embarrassment and questions, while a zero gravity thinker and contributor (i.e. a non-tennis expert) is not. Zero gravity thinkers don't have expertise in the area they're studying but they do have experience with creating and other aspects of life which they can bring to tennis. But only if tennis lets them in, listens, takes action, tries/fails, and keeps the good things which work.
But because tennis is struggling with attendance, commitment, and programs, we need to find some new solutions. We need to invite some zero gravity guys into the game of tennis to help build it back into something better.
In this episode, we consider the possibility of adding a reading exercise to the tennis lesson. A concept that zero gravity thinkers would consider and tennis experts might condemn.
Thanks for joining us on our journey!
What is Tennis Rockers?
Are you ready to re-imagine and reconstruct the way you realize not just the game of tennis but all the other ways you compete in life? Tennis Rockers pull together beliefs, concepts, ideas, people, and values from a cross-section of multi-disciplinary fields for the purpose of doing things a little different. Tennis Rockers don't just want to change the game, they want to help people think about changing how they see and live their lives.
Coach Claude and coach Sully cordially invite you to put the pedal to the metal and join an unconventional conversation on tennis and life. Nothing good comes from standing still.