Public appearances are nothing new for Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and richest man in the world. "But ... something in front of a crowd that made me a little nervous: I played tennis," he wrote on his blog. And he played tennis legend Roger Federer.
He dealt with the pressure by taking charge of what he could control, which is also a great approach in business. Rather than fretting over what was out of his reach, Gates chose to focus on solutions — what he could fix, change or do better — rather than problems. In his case, Gates put in a lot of practice time.