Pressure Is a Privilege: Lessons I've Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes

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Billie Jean King's victory over Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes" was a pivotal moment in gender relations for generations of American women and men. But her journey to the "Battle of the Sexes" was no accident. Now, for the first time ever, Billie Jean shares the life lessons that led to her success in that match, in sports, and in the world at large. Published in conjunction with the 35th anniversary of this monumental event, Pressure is a Privilege uses the Billie Jean King / Bobby Riggs match to ...
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Overview

Billie Jean King's victory over Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes" was a pivotal moment in gender relations for generations of American women and men. But her journey to the "Battle of the Sexes" was no accident. Now, for the first time ever, Billie Jean shares the life lessons that led to her success in that match, in sports, and in the world at large. Published in conjunction with the 35th anniversary of this monumental event, Pressure is a Privilege uses the Billie Jean King / Bobby Riggs match to illustrate what she learned in her early life that brought her to that event and the lessons that she learned from it, including:
▪ Bring All of Yourself

▪ See It to Be It

▪ Champions Adjust

▪ Never Underestimate Your Opponent

▪ Do the Right Thing

▪ Leaving a Legacy

Packed with the common-sense lessons by which Billie Jean has lived her remarkable life, as well as words of wisdom and inspirational advice for how you can use these lessons, Pressure is a Privilege is an invaluable tool for any person in any profession who wants to achieve a richer, more fulfilling life.

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Editorial Reviews

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Tennis champion King uses her 1973 Battle of the Sexes match against Bobby Riggs as a foil to illuminate 13 life lessons in this self-help quasi-memoir. Part business advice, part personal advice and all motivation, King's insights aren't novel (seize opportunities whenever they arise, do your best and visualize success), and her advice (shared family meals with all cell phones turned off) is standard but sound. For a radical figure in sports and women's equality, King treads the safe and narrow throughout the brief book (her first since the 1982 autobiography Billie Jean), and coasts on repeated references to an important but particularly dated match. Tennis fans may want to give it a perusal, but those seeking fresh inspiration can pass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981636801
  • Publisher: LifeTime Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Series: Billie Jean King Library: Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 399,166
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Athlete, coach, leader, activist, and one of the most illustrious and celebrated tennis players in history, Billie Jean King is recognized for her life-long struggle for gender equality, both on and off the court. Her work led to the landmark Title IX law requiring that girls/women and boys/men be given the same opportunity in sports, and she empowered women and educated men when she defeated Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes in 1973. Life magazine named King one of the "100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century," and she is ranked No. 5 on the Sports Illustrated "Top 40 Athletes" list for significantly altering or elevating sports the last four decades.

Christine Brennan is an award-winning USA Today sports columnist and the bestselling author of The Best Seat in the House: A Father, A Daughter, A Journey Through Sports, Champions on Ice, and Inside Edge: A Revealing Journey Into the Secret World of Figure Skating. She is also a commentator on ABC News, ESPN,and NPR's Morning Edition.

Award-winning actress Holly Hunter has been a friend and admirer of Billie Jean King's for many years. Hunter also starred as Billie Jean in the film dramatization of the Battle of the Sexes, When Billie Beat Bobby.
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Table of Contents


Preface   Holly Hunter     12
Foreword   Christine Brennan     14
Introduction     18
Relationships are Everything     34
Lessons at the Dinner Table     46
Bring All of Yourself to Everything You Do     60
See It Happen to Make It Happen     76
Labeling and Assumptions     90
Pressure Is a Privilege     98
Champions Adjust     114
Never Underestimate Your Opponent     120
Perspective Is Priceless     128
Start with Integrity     142
Aging Is an Art     158
Leave a Legacy     166
Epilogue: Sheroes and Heroes     178
Acknowledgments     188
Photo Credits and Captions     192
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2008

    We love Billie

    Billie Jean King is a truly admirable woman. Her heroics on the court and in Congress opened up a whole new world of opportunity for our daughters and women everywhere. This book contains a lot of good, down-to-earth advice and vignettes from her remarkable career. A quick read, inspirational yet with absorbing background stories. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2008

    Billie Jean!!

    This book is phenomenal! If you¿ve ever been a fan of the amazing tennis icon and social activist, you will love this book! The book is informally written, so it creates the experience that you¿re actually talking to her. Like a big sister, Billie Jean talks us through some of the life lessons she¿s gathered over her incredible career, both on and off the court. She gives a riveting account of the historical Battle of the Sexes match against Bobby Riggs. You can¿t help but cheer her on again as you relive her memories. I definitely recommend this book because it inspired me to change my life reminding me once again of some important classic lessons from one classy lady.

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