According to subject matter expert on Inventors, Writer Mary Bellis, the game of Tennis originated from a 12th century French game called paume (meaning palm); it was a court game where the ball was struck with the hand. Paume evolved into jeu de paume and rackets were used. The game spread and evolved in Europe. In 1873, Major Walter Wingfield invented a game called Sphairistike (Greek for "playing ball") from which modern outdoor tennis evolved.

When you have zero points in Tennis, you refer to this as "LOVE". I always thought that was a bit odd, especially since I played a lot of Baseball or other speed-demanding games which made my attempts at Tennis — let's just say — full of love.

I did a little online, unconfirmed research to uncover the mysteries of why having a score of nada had such a name. What I learned may surprise you! It certainly caught me off guard:

A Blogger named Tabby Tom posted that the origin of Love in Tennis derived from Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. He wrote that it's probably derived from phrases like, "to play for love" (i.e. to play a game for the love of playing it, and therefore for nothing in the way of stakes.)

I love that definition! Let's think about that for a minute!

The Internet is filled with advice under the headings of "Hot Careers", "Top Jobs", "Best Careers", or "Top Careers for _________" (fill in your demographic here). Oftentimes, these headlines start trending fiercely on our favorite search engines. Morning news programs bombard us with the latest and greatest jobs and why you should get a job in those particular fields ASAP if not sooner! As the cases of newly diagnosed carpal tunnel syndrome surface due to this unexpected need for resume rewrites, do you take a step back and think about one important question? Here it comes:

Do you think it is important "to work for love?" (i.e. to work a job for the love of working it, and therefore for nothing in the way of stakes.)

Tough question isn't it? Let's face it, we all want to have a post-military career that pays you more than what you see when you intersect the appropriate columns and rows to find your current pay level on the pay chart. Maybe you have the G.I. Bill and such news stories prompt you to pursue a degree in the current "hot career field". Maybe you're just not sure.

It might be a good idea to find your true motivation. What will get you alert, awake, and motivated to work each day? Is it money? Is it the position? Is it the people? Is it that the job plays to your strengths? Is it the possibility of leading at the highest levels? Is it what you love?

My advice to you is to do a few simple things:

  • Do some soul-searching to determine what you really and truly love.
  • Find a "Doubles" partner who has the same career goals and share ideas and info.
  • Find a "Line Judge" who can observe your career choices, help you decide if the career is inside or outside your area of expertise, etc. (And you can argue if need be!)
  • Figure out how to "Ace" the interview once you find what you Love.
  • Find your "Why?" as in why do I want to work here?

The Game of Tennis provides a clue. What do you think about working in a career because you love it?

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That's interesting - I see the same problem with my existing card. It used to work as Chip & PIN at Walmart, but recently switched to Chip & Signature. The USAA rep I spoke with said it was a merchant decision, not a USAA decision. I know many banks are using Chip and Signature because they think their customer base will be confused. I really hope USAA isn't doing this.


Either way, with the very international member base USAA has, they need to publicise any changes.

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In rereading your note, I realized you are seeing EMV signature veification behavior outside of the US. If that is going to be the case for all USAA EMV cards, I am going to be very unhappy. I really hope USAA makes a public statement on what they are doing with card verification soon.