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September 7, 2013

“The Williams Sisters Give 6 Life Pointers”

Filed under: Business, Inspirational, Motivational, Sucessful, Uncategorized — lamarwalter @ 11:40 pm

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1. Push Past Barriers: The Williams
sisters grew up in Compton, at a time
when there wasn’t much tennis
playing going on. Their dad coached
them tirelessly, and instead of shying
away from the challenge, Venus and
Serena went at it full-force. “Two black
girls from Compton probably weren’t
ever supposed to play tennis, let alone
be really good at it,” they say early in
the film. Their dad begged country
clubs for used balls so they could
practice, and before long they were
winning competitions and getting
interviewed by national news crews.
“I’m very confident,” a fourteen-year
old Venus tells a reporter. Watching
the footage, you believe her. They
didn’t let statistics or barriers stop
them – they pushed past them.

2. Learn To Thrive Under Pressure:
Some jobs are more stressful than
others obviously, and it’s doubtful that
most of us will ever experience the
extreme pressure that professional
athletes feel during a competition. Still,
we all have stress in our life and it
helps to learn to deal with it and make
it work for you, not against you. When
Venus and Serena are sick and unable
to play, they’re frustrated, yes, but they
don’t crumble. “I feel like I haven’t
done anything in my career. I know
that sounds ridiculous but I feel like I
have to do so much more.” That’s
saying a lot, coming from a world
champion. It’s an attitude we could all
adopt, within reason. If you’re trying
to get a promotion it probably won’t do
you any good to run yourself into the
ground. To cope with illness – and the
fact that she can’t really leave the
house – Serena turns to her karaoke
machine. It’s not Wimbledon, but it’s
something.

3. Ask For a Raise: This is a tough one,
and many women have talked about
the difficulty of asking for – and
getting – the money they deserve.
There’s a great story in the film about
Puma-sponsored Serena Williams
asking billionaire Arnon Milchan (who
at the time was a major investor in the
company), “What will you give me if I
win the U.S. Open this year? Do I get
another million or $2 million bonus?”
In the film, Milchan recalls, “I said OK
I’ll give you $2 million, and she said,
‘OK write it down.’” What’s great about
this isn’t just the fact that Serena
wasn’t afraid to ask for the money – it’s
that she added, “write it down.” Smart
woman.

4. Take Chances: In the film, Serena
reveals that she didn’t start to truly
excel in her career until she decided to
stop worrying and risk it all. “If you
don’t go for it now you’ll regret it for
the rest of your life,” she told herself.
“You’ve just got to go for it.” After her
illness Serena made an incredible
comeback, at both Wimbledon and the
U.S. Open. “That set the foundation for
the rest of my career,” she says of her
decision to take chances. “Sometimes
you just have to go for it.”

5. Don’t Give In To Jealousy: It’s
pretty incredible that two sisters
possess so much talent in the same
sport. You would think one of them
would be clumsy or hate tennis and
want to pursue golf or microbiology.
They’re fierce competitors while also
managing to be each others’ most
dedicated cheerleader. When Serena
stepped out of her sister’s shadow and
started winning on her own, Venus
didn’t succumb to bitter jealousy.
“How are you going to react to
something like that?” she says in the
movie. “Am I going to learn from her
example or am I going to crumble… I
wanted to learn.”

6. Stand Up For Your Principles:
Twelve years ago, Serena competed at
Indian Wells in California, which used
to be one of her favorite places to play.
The crowd booed her, heckled her, and
shouted racist insults when she was on
the court. When she won, Serena said,
“I would like to thank anyone who
supported me and if you didn’t I love
you guys anyway.” That’s a pretty
impressive show of restraint and class.
The Williams sisters have boycotted
the mandatory event ever since that
day, and although several people in the
sports world have urged them to get on
with life and go back to Indian Wells,
they’re standing by their decision. You
have to respect that.

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