VIDEO: Olympian lessons: you win or you learn

Seeing failure as an opportunity to learn can help give you an edge in competition and in the workplace, according to Australian table-tennis champion Melissa ‘Milly’ Tapper.

It’s a mindset which has served her well through her career - later this week, Tapper will walk out at the opening ceremony in Rio and in the process become the first Australian to compete in both the Olympics and Paralympic games in the same year.

" By looking back at [when] I haven’t been successful… [I can see] things I can work on for the next one."
Andrew Gilbert, Head of App & User Support at ANZ

“‘You either win or you learn’ sort of stuck with me over time,” Tapper says. “I like to think of it as, if I don’t come away with the win, what have I learned?”

“By looking back at matches in which I haven’t been successful, by looking at things I did do well, [I can see] things I can work on for the next one.”

Olympian lessons: you win or you learn

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In 2014 when she went to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Tapper became the first Paralympic athlete to qualify for an able-bodied national team in Australia.

She says successful attitudes in sport, like resilience and making little improvements over time, can directly transfer to a professional career.

“Resilience is obviously something that transfers between athletes and a lot of successful people,” Tapper said.

Watch the video above to find out more and for the full Melissa Tapper story, watch here: Believe

Andrew Gilbert is Head of App & User Support at ANZ

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