5 Lessons From Serena Williams

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5 Lessons From Serena Williams

She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player in the Open Era, and the second-most of all time behind Margaret Court. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her singles world No. 1 on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017.

On her sixth occasion, she held the ranking for 186 consecutive weeks, tying the record set by Steffi Graf. In total, she has been WTA No. 1 for 319 weeks, which ranks third in the Open Era behind Graf and Martina Navratilova.

The lessons we can glean from Williams’ stellar career can be applied on and off the court, in career and in life. Here are the five we think top the list. 1. Age is only a mindset.

“I think in life you should work on yourself until the day you die”.

2. Keep fighting.
“I just never give up. I fight to the end. You can’t go out and say, ‘I want a bag of never-say-die spirit.’ It’s not for sale. It has to be innate”.
3. Focus is key.
“If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that’s concentration”.

4. Love yourself for who you are.
“I love who I am, and I encourage other people to love and embrace who they are. But it definitely wasn’t easy—it took me a while”.
5. Work hard.
“Everyone’s dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard”.