Why Unlearn?

You must unlearn what you have learned.—Yoda

As Serena Williams assessed her devastating string of losses on the court, she feared she might be nearing the end of her fabled career. In 2012, the average age for women Grand Slam tournament players was just 24 years old.1 Serena was almost 31 years old, she had been a professional tennis player for half her life, and she hadn’t won a Grand Slam event in two years. The trend was not a positive one.

It had been a good run, but according to reports in the media, Serena wanted to win just one more Grand Slam tournament before her career was over for good.2 She had very clear aspirations, but she wasn’t living up to them. It was time to stop letting fear hold her back, and instead focus ...

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