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By Jeanette Lee
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June: Girls with Game
June 2011
Q. There are a couple of guys at my poolhall that give me a hard time, I think because I'm a girl. When did you feel like everyone respected you and your game?
Becca D.; Dallas, Texas

A. When the guys give you a hard time, it just means they like you! Don't let it bother you. I know that it didn't take long before I got the respect of the guys around me because I worked so hard on my game. There was no stopping me. I worked on every kind of shot, I worked on my mental game, I was in that room every minute I could, just absorbing everything I could. Who can resist respecting that level of dedication? I personally found being a woman to be an advantage, because they often didn't take me seriously enough and it gave me an edge to beat them. I also found that men were more likely to help me and answer my questions in a very competitive "man's world" - and I was never too proud to ask for advice. Honestly, just focus less on what they think and more on what you want to accomplish. It will all work out in the end. A positive attitude will take you very far.