There is a lesson which I learned a long time ago and which has stuck with me.
Never underestimate your opponent.
If you are going for a football match, give full respect to the opposite team knowing that they can win just as you can win.
Do not think that because you have won many matches before your victory in that match goes without saying. You may be shocked.
Every football team that gets onto the field to play is a potential winner of the match.
Every boxer who enters the boxing ring is a potential winner of the match ahead.
Therefore, you do not look down on your opponent ahead of the match.
In the boxing ring of daily life this holds true as in the boxing ring of politics.
lf you want to succeed in any competition, take your opponent as seriously as you can. Have high regard for them.