My Deloitte Journey Begins…

In 2017, I graduate with a bachelors degree in business and commerce from Western Sydney University and begin a new journey as a graduate in one of the big four accounting firms in the world – Deloitte. I am both excited and humbled by this opportunity and will endeavour to bring forth the same energy and enthusiasm towards this role as I have done in each of my roles in the past. In addition, I will continue mentoring and coaching junior tennis players and hope that I can continue to connect with professionals who can inspire and support both my students and myself to become all we can be! – Originally posted on 20 January 2017

I began my role as a graduate at the accounting firm in March 2017. I can recall being so excited about this opportunity ever since I was accepted into the program over 1 year ago! Has it really been that long? Wow

I feel as though it is only appropriate to reflect on this new chapter in my life, having been with the firm for three months, by commenting on what I believe are the challenges, positives and negatives of this role going forward into the future.

NEGATIVES

  • The inability to predict my workload
  • Not being my own boss

CHALLENGES

  • Getting at least 7 hours of sleep per day
  • Ensuring that I can continue to mentor and coach junior tennis players and adults throughout the week
  • Being social (since I am an introvert, naturally)

POSITIVES

  • The ability to work amongst likeminded individuals
  • Making an impact that matters
  • Learning new skills on a daily basis

It’s quite clear to see, just from my quick reflection on my experience at Deloitte thus far, that there is no perfect role, situation or environment. That goes for both your work and personal life. We will always face challenges and have experiences that are both positive and negative.

In my opinion, the way to keep winning at life is to learn from the negatives, embrace the positives and face the challenges. There really is nowhere to hide from them because they are the recurring themes in everything we do. I will keep you all posted 🙂

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3rd Year Anniversary at Premier Tennis Academy

I cannot believe how fast three years has gone by at Premier Tennis Academy! Time flies when you’re having fun 🙂

Over the past three years, I have mentored and coached junior tennis players to help them become better competitors in this sport. During this time, I have both reconnected and become acquainted with some amazing people that I have learned a great deal from and have helped me grow in confidence as a leader, mentor and coach. There have been some amazing results for my students both on and off the court. I am truly grateful for this year.

In 2017, I graduate with a bachelors degree in business and commerce from Western Sydney University and begin a new journey as a graduate in one of the big four accounting firms in the world – Deloitte. I am both excited and humbled by this opportunity and will endeavour to bring forth the same energy and enthusiasm towards this role as I have done in each of my roles in the past. In addition, I will continue mentoring and coaching junior tennis players and hope that I can continue to connect with professionals who can inspire and support both my students and myself to become all we can be!

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Breaking Bad

I would like to say that this post is in some way related to the hit US TV series Breaking Bad, but sadly it has nothing to do with it. I’m sorry to all of you out there who thought otherwise lol.

This post does however have something to do with breaking bad and creating good. Have you heard of the saying ‘you are what you repeat?’ I believe that your habits in everyday life, at home, in public or at work, will define you as a person.

So how do we break bad habits and begin to form good habits in these areas? I have listed a few tips below which can help you do so:

  1. Get still. It is so important to reflect on your experiences, both positive and negative, almost everyday. If you are not doing around 15 minutes of reflection, then you may be missing out on vital signs or opportunities in all aspects of your life. Ask yourself questions like ‘what did I learn today?’ or ‘what are the successful people around me doing?’ or ‘do I need to make any adjustments to my routine?’
  2. Be silent. I often find that as a coach and perhaps this may go for someone who is in a similar role, that I struggle to stop teaching and give direction to others. If you are in the same boat, remember that it is not always what you say to someone that can trigger change or make an impact, but non-verbal communication can be just as powerful, if not more!
  3. Listen to feedback. Apparently there’s no such thing as bad press, well, that is the mentality of many celebrity agents. I will say that there is no such thing as bad feedback. In this day and age, feedback doesn’t come cheap and it isn’t given often so you better keep your eyes and ears open for it because performance management is not something you should only consider or be prepared for when its time to have your annual review. Performance management is your own responsibility and no one else’s, so look for any opportunity to receive feedback and seek advice.
  4. There is no room for stagnation in your life. Albert Einstein said that it is madness to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. The man has a point. I don’t believe that people are meant to be doing the same thing over and over again for numerous years if they aren’t succeeding. Something has gotta give. Even when you are exceptional at what you do, you need to relish in learning more and perfecting your craft, because nothing lasts forever.
  5. Make goals. Write daily goals or tasks that you would like to achieve and check off each one you achieve. This simple task is a very healthy habit to have as it allows you to have a clear mind as to what your purpose for each day will be. In addition to your daily goals, you should set aside monthly and yearly goals so that you stay focused and driven toward achievement at all times.

If you can apply the above 5 tips into your daily life, I can assure you that you will be breaking bad and creating good.

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2016 Gosford Junior Silver

I associate the holiday season with outdoor sports and travelling with family. After all, this was how I grew up as a junior tennis player in Sydney. My students will also be doing the same by competing in various tournaments this summer season. The first event of any season is a great opportunity for the players to build match fitness and confidence. I’d hope that my players can play a lot of matches against a variety of players, which will allow them to measure the full breadth of their ability early on in the season.

One of my students, Rahul Desai has had a stellar run and tournament by claiming the 14/under singles event without dropping a set. This time last year, Rahul was the 5th seed and lost in the quarter finals, so to enter the event as the number 1 seed and win that convincingly is a tremendous result.

Michael Zhang and James Chen are two of my most recent students who have been working extremely hard for the past couple of months to take on board a new approach to competitive tennis. They performed well in each of their matches in the 16/u singles event and as with any new partnership, it is all about finding out what brings out the best in the player and continuing to made adjustments where necessary.

It should be one great summer season ahead! 🙂

Take a look at their journey throughout the tournament here: 2016 Gosford Junior Silver Tournament Draws

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Reflections

I have come to realise that the most important thing that needs to always remain constant in anyone’s life, is peace of mind. We can all have numerous goals and work hard towards achieving what we desire, but without that piece of mind, the journey of life will not be sweet. Some of the most exciting people and opportunities may come your way and you will not realise that if you are not at peace with yourself.

I have had a lot of success during 2016, firstly as a tennis coach, student, within my family and personal life. It has taken some time to truly appreciate the wonderful gifts that I have received this year and that is mostly due to my lack of reflection. Today was the first day I had truly reflected on this past year and it felt like a natural cleansing of my soul.

I urge every single person who is reading this post to take some time to reflect. Take a moment to be alone and reflect on some past experiences, without any distractions. I spent an entire morning meditating. I have spent my afternoon writing (this post is an example of that). I will spend the remainder of the day reading some of my favourite poems. I will spend the evening listening to music. One full day of reflection every now and then gives you all the answers to your own questions. Give it a go 🙂

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Face Your Fears

My greatest piece of advice that I could give anyone, especially a younger athlete, is to face their fears. There is no way you can succeed at anything you set your mind to if you are afraid.

I used to be afraid that by my mid-twenties I wouldn’t acquire any other skill than playing the game of tennis. I used to be afraid of becoming a tennis coach, in the sense that it was what someone did if they couldn’t become a great competitor themselves. I used to be afraid that I would never play tennis at a grand slam level. I had absolutely no perspective growing up. I lived in a bubble. It was a world that only revolved around a tennis racket, court, ball, fitness routine and eating plan. Everything else was either taken care of, or was apparently none my business.

The funny thing is that I have lived through all of my past fears in life and realised that I survived through them all. Some of those fears I proactively attempted to face and others just happened spontaneously, nonetheless, I am now fearless and stronger than ever. By placing yourself in a position to face your fears, that fear becomes obsolete in your mind and you are then able to live life to the fullest and excel! Go on, what are you waiting for? 🙂

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2016 Nepean Easter Junior Open

The start to the year is always difficult when it comes to competition at any level. I was adamant to see my junior players compete at 2016 Nepean Easter Junior Open because for me, this is where I can truly identify the areas where I need to place more emphasis on during their training sessions. We have put in months of hard work to compete in events just like this one and it is the ultimate test for my students and myself as a coach.

I was so happy to see the progression made by each of my students. Rahul Desai, He Chuan Tee and Su Ron Tee were all playing in their first tournaments of the year and I was impressed with their effort throughout the entire event. Rahul was able to capture the 14u doubles title and reach the 14u singles final. He Chuan played exceptional tennis, particularly against the 1st seed and Su Ron proved that she can match any player as long as she believes in her game.

As their coach, I look beyond their results and instead focus on every aspect that makes up their overall game, such as the tactical, physical, mental and emotional elements. I believe in ‘strategy’ and playing with purpose and an objective. In competition, this is where you can see just how well your training and instruction has prepared them for this moment. I’m so excited to continue working with these fine juniors and bringing out the best of themselves every day.

Take a look at their journey throughout the singles and doubles events here: 2016 14u Singles @Nepean Easter Junior Open + 2016 14u Doubles @Nepean Easter Junior Open + 2016 16u Singles @Nepean Easter Junior Open

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