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Billie Jean King scoped out success

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At age 15, Billie Jean King (then, Billie Jean Moffitt) and her classmates were assigned to write a scene from their futures. Here’s what she turned in:

“Here I am in New York City at 5 p.m. leaving by plane for Wimbledon, England. I still can’t believe it. Here I am, 18 years of age, and in one week, I will be participating in what is considered to be the tennis championship of the world.”

Of course, King was wrong: She played her first Wimbledon tournament at age 17, not 18, winning the ladies’ doubles championship with Karen Hantze Susman. She would go on to win 20 Wimbledon championships in all.

The lesson: The more specifically you envision success, the more likely it is to come true.

— Adapted from Billie Jean, Billie Jean King, Viking.

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