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In her new book, Pressure Is a Privilege, Billie Jean writes about the lessons she's learned from a lifetime of competition and overcoming obstacles. "Everyone has pressure in their life daily. You might want to call it stress, but I like to think of it as pressure," she says. "That's really what defines us and shapes us, and also it is very character revealing."

Billie Jean says the sport of tennis is a metaphor for life. "Every time a ball comes to me in tennis ... I have to make a decision and I have to live with the consequence," she says. "I have to accept responsibility for it. And that's what we have to do in real life. When we win in life, it's accepting responsibility."

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Published on October 16, 2008

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