2 sisters that are dominating the tennis world for over a decade: Venus and Serena Williams. They are a motivation and inspiration not only to athletes, but for women and men all around the world.
Anna Wintour calls them the “magnetic athletic goddesses… fashion gladiators and tennis gladiators”, but they are so much more than that. If you ever have seen the documentary movie on these 2 sisters, you know they had to deal with a lot and still have to sometimes. The sexist and racial comments that both of these sisters have had to endure never stopped them from reaching their ultimate goals, over and over again.
#1 – Stand for your principles
12 years ago Serena had a competition in one of her favorite places: California. During the game, racist insults were shouted and the crowded booed her. Luckily, this Power Woman won the game and said after the game: “I would like to thank anyone who supported me and if you didn’t I love you guys anyway.” The 2 sisters decided to boycott this mandatory game after this time and we applaud Serena for her comment, which, in our eyes, shows class and how strong they are as a person. People tried to make them change their decision of boycotting this competition, but both sisters kept standing by their decision.
Note: Earlier this year, Serena announced to make her come back to this competition.
#2 – Don’t let jealousy get to you
While you would think that 2 sister’s that both belong to the best female tennis players in the world would get jealous of each other every now and then, these Power Women are each other’s biggest cheerleader. When Serena started winning as well and stepped out of the shadow of her bigger sister, Venus’ reaction was everything but 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.”
#3 – Push past barriers
Venus and Serena grew up in Compton, one of America’s ghetto’s. Their father already planned out their life’s before they were even born. He coached them excessively during their youth and begged country clubs for used tennis balls so they could practice.
The 2 sisters went all in even though it wasn’t very common for 2 black girls from the ghetto to play tennis, let alone being very good at it. No matter what society and stereotypes told them, they couldn’t be stopped by barriers, they pushed way beyond them.
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#4 – Take chances
Serena’s career really started to excel the moment she decided to stop worrying and just risk it all.“If you don’t go for it now you’ll regret it for the rest of your life,” she said. “You’ve just got to go for it.”
#5 – Learn to thrive under pressure
Although, some jobs are more stressful than others, we all have stress in our lives. The difference is, some people learn how to deal with it and make it work for them instead of against. Venus and Serena don’t let it get to them when they are sick and unable to play, they might be frustrated, but they never 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.” This attitude is one we definitely would like to adopt.
If you want to start your own business, it never helps when you run yourself into the ground. If you are sick, you are sick and you have to know when you need a break and take some time off work.
Pictures: Williams Sisters Documentary Movie