Maria Sharapova is a former World No. 1 and a five-time Grand Slam champion. But the Russian did not get there by accident. In an interview to the Gulf News, Sharapova says her success mantra is surrounding herself with the right people and asking questions.
The Russian says, "The best advice I’ve received is to surround yourself with smart people and ask questions – don’t assume you know all of the answers and attempt to “just figure it out”.
I learned this especially to be true in running Sugarpova – we have such a talented team that has truly helped me embrace my role as a businesswoman and entrepreneur." Sharapova is passionate about architecture and says if she had the time, she would go back to school right now to study the same.
"I’m passionate about design and architecture - if I had the time right now, I’d go back to school to study it tomorrow. I’m so fortunate to have the opportunity to travel all over the world for my sport, so when I have spare time on trips, I love to explore the city I’m in - whether that’s trying new restaurants or admiring all of the different architecture I come across.
The 31 year old's confidence has been the hallmark of her personality and she says one must be true to themselves. "I think it’s so important to be yourself in a world where we’re influenced by so many people and by so many things.
Sometimes we lose track of what we care about and conform to others, but ultimately you have to be happy in your own skin and that is something I’ve really prioritized to make sure I feel empowered. There will always be ups and downs, but don’t let those rough patches discourage you.
There is so much you can learn from those moments, often even more than when you’re winning. It’s all a part of the journey so don’t forget to enjoy and learn from every moment, whether good or bad."
Finally, speaking about what she would like to be remembered for, Sharapova says it would be the hard work she puts in on the court and off it. "I'm really proud of the hard work I've put into my career - whether that's training twice a day during the offseason or staying up late to work on our newest Sugarpova project.
I guess I'd like people to remember me as someone who is passionate and dedicated - whether that's as a tennis player or entrepreneur."