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Billie Jean King: It Matters What You Do Now And Tomorrow, Not Yesterday

Billie Jean King: It Matters What You Do Now And Tomorrow, Not Yesterday

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Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) -- a 2009 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor – is perhaps more responsible than any other individual for the gains in women’s and girls’ sports throughout the last 50 years. She has long been a pioneer for equality and social justice, founding the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Women’s Tennis Association, and defeating Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match.

In this video, King shares a story of how her father taught her to not dwell on the past. Obsessed with a newspaper clipping that highlighted a loss, King's dad questioned why Billie was dwelling so heavily on that loss. His parenting advice to her in that moment was to stop thinking about the loss and start thinking about what she was doing now and in the future. This "next play" advice is something all parents can learn from, and is something that helped make Billie into who she was on and off the tennis court.