The Most Important Point.

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I have just finished watching one of the epic tennis matches of all-time. For those of you that do not follow tennis, it was The 2019 Championships at Wimbledon Final. The players were Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

It was the first time that a Wimbledon Championship has ever been decided by a fifth set tiebreaker. The match lasted nearly five hours. I have to admit that I was rooting for my favorite player Roger Federer, but despite leading for most of the match and winning in most of the statistical columns his opponent Djokovic won the match.

You see that tennis, unlike most other sports, has a unique scoring method. Scoring in tennis is not cumulative as it is in most other sports. You can statistically score more points and win more games and still not win the match. No matter how big a lead you may have the match can always be won or lost.

You see, there is no clock to wind down, no shot clock, no timeouts, no way to protect a lead without continuing to score more points. As I watched the game it was easy to find certain points, certain opportunities that seemed as if they would cement the victory for either player. But in tennis it hard to look back at a match and say that one point or one call was the turning point. In tennis regardless of the score until the last point is played there is no victory, no defeat.

As I was watching the match I kept saying to myself that the last point didn’t matter. It didn’t matter that one player just missed their shot by a millimeter. It didn’t matter that the last shot was mishit. The only thing that mattered was the next point. Even when one player was down 40 – Love, the next point was all that mattered. The next point was a chance to redeem yourself.

As human beings, we often dwell too much on the past. We often let our failures dictate our future. Sometimes it is a bad investment, a failed relationship, a lost job opportunity. We worry that the clock is going to run out before we succeed.

We should always look at our lives in much the same way that a tennis match is scored. You can lose a set, you can win a game. But until the match is over there is always the next point.

In life, like tennis. The most important point is always the next one.



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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Joseph,
You are so right.  We have to focus on the moment and keep looking forward.  I have seen that so often in my own experience with golf... and life. 

Jul 14, 2019 05:14 PM #3
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Congratulations!  You've been Featured in the Bananatude

Jul 14, 2019 05:17 PM #4
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 - I never played tennis and you just educated me. If I was a teenager and knew all this, I would have started playing tennis years ago. Your explanation was crystal clear. I now have a better understanding of tennis and the next time it is on or somewhere where I can watch, I'm going to pay attention. Thank you, so much for educating me. I hope AR member Brian England reads this post and leaves a comment too.

Thank you for writing a really great post! 

Jul 14, 2019 05:55 PM #5
Leif Price
Spot Color Marketing - Portland, OR
Content Marketing Specialist

Have watched some tennis matches but not very knowledgeable about it. Indeed, a positive attitude towards life can let you shrug some hard blows and gets you up for the next challenge.

Jul 14, 2019 06:12 PM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joseph- what an excellent post! We watched it as well and yes, I too was hoping that Federer would win but they are both champions, aren't they? And yes, it's the next point that counts. 

Jul 14, 2019 06:58 PM #7
Kris Collis
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Buy & Sell with Professional Results you Expect

Joseph, Great explanation of tennis and analogy to real life.  Great post.

Jul 15, 2019 09:49 AM #8
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 I'm a firm believer that there's always light at the end of the tunnel in our business.... a loss one day means a double hit for the next day.... lose one, gain two....

Jul 20, 2019 03:59 AM #9
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Nice analogy. The only thing that really matters is what comes next!

Jul 20, 2019 11:12 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


Jul 20, 2019 09:42 PM #11
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Great essay.  This is the takeaway: The next point was a chance to redeem yourself.

Jul 21, 2019 04:59 AM #12
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post! I can see why Kathy chose to highlight it this week!

Jul 21, 2019 06:45 AM #13
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 - not a tennis watcher but you have made an excellent relation to business.  Keep moving.

Jul 21, 2019 07:05 AM #14
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We watched and cheered for Federer.  It was an amazing match, and we loved every second of it.  A

Jul 21, 2019 09:17 AM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Joseph:

I didn't watch the match but was rooting for Federer! Sounds like it was a challenging game. I like, the analogy, though - it makes lots of sense!!


Jul 21, 2019 08:30 PM #16
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Excellent point made, Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 ... and certainly pertains for those of us in the real estate industry.  Like you, I was rooting for Federer ... a longtime favorite.  What a career!  But admittedly, I was still satisfied with the outcome. 

Perfect analogy played here ...


Jul 22, 2019 08:44 AM #17
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 - This reminds me of the old saying, "it's not over until the fat lady sings"!  We need to keep moving forward pushing for that next "point". 

Jul 22, 2019 08:53 AM #18
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I have never played nor watched tennis, and I can't even imagine watching any kind of game for 5 hours.

Obviously, I know nothing about how the points are scored, but still "got" your message. Let us all look forward and keep going for the next point. There's no future in looking back with regret nor in expecting our past successes to carry us forward.

Jul 23, 2019 08:46 PM #19
Melissa Tracht
NYC Insider Guide LTD - Manhattan, NY
NYC Website Publisher & Coach

Love this article! Tennis is not about the most points - it's about winning the right points.

I'm a tennis fanatic (and was at Wimbledon during the Nadal/Fed semi, which was insane!). The key point I took away from the match was Djokers mental strength. In an interview, he said that even though the entire stadium was shouting "Roger, Roger," in his head, he only heard, "Novak, Novak." Imagine if you could always find the strength you need from within, no matter the external circumstances.

Can't wait to see these guys at the US Open!

Jul 24, 2019 12:04 AM #20
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

It was a GREAT match by two TALENTED players. Novak Djokovic almost lost the match but he believed in himself and played hard. He didn't give up. In the end, this perseverance enabled him to win the match. Just like real estate, we can't give up if we want to win at success!

Jul 24, 2019 07:21 AM #21
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I have no knowledge of tennis nor the point system, but I liked the analogy to business.  It reminds me of a saying "I may lose a few battles, but I will win the war" ... 

I can see why this was Featured! Great Post!  Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 

Jul 24, 2019 01:37 PM #22
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