6 Power Plays Entrepreneurs Should Learn From Serena Williams
Black Enterprise Magazine Summer 2019 Issue

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4. Cheer for yourself. Have you ever seen Serena when she knows she’s winning?  I swear she’s her biggest fan and supporter. Are you your biggest fan and supporter?  We all need outside “rah-rah” folks, but nobody knows how hard you are working better than you. You deserve to jump and shout even if the win seems small – especially if the win seems small.

5. Realize you are human. The commentators on Williams’ game were very complimentary to the now 21 title holder, but they had no problem telling us where her game can still improve. If you haven’t made all the money in your market, you still have plenty to learn.  However, we all do.  Remember that you are human and make sure you learn from your mistakes. You also want to start delegating your weaknesses to someone who is stronger at that task. Winners adjust.

6. Stay in this moment. Williams’ goals are her own, but the press puts a lot of pressure on her to win.  What’s her response? Winning each point as they come and staying in this moment. We, as entrepreneurs, have plenty on our plates, for sure, and you need to have goals for growth.  However, don’t squander the opportunity to love where you are right now. Make sure you are giving yourself the encouragement, accolades, and even the resources you need now.  “Someday” will come, but you need to prepare for it today by being the best you can in this moment. Laser focus now will be the power play you need for future success.

Champions make it look easy, but they didn’t get to the top without being willing pupils. Take these five lessons I’ve learned from Serena Williams and watch your game go straight to the top.

Ella Rucker (@ellalaverne) is in the business of mentoring entrepreneurs for their business’s success.  She is the co-founder of Weekend Startup School and director of operations for #MentorMonday; Both are safe places for entrepreneurs to learn practical advice for their big dreams. She has made her living for the past three years as a freelancer working as a writer, editor and content producer with some of the most successful personalities, brands, and blogs. She has also written an eguide for Blogalicious entitled Tick Tock Goes The Blog Clock: The What, Why and How Of Creating 365 Days Of Content TODAY.  To find out more go to EllaRucker.com.

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