On Saturday, Serena Williams beat Angelique Kerber to win her seventh singles title at Wimbledon, clinching her 22nd Grand Slam singles title in the process.
She’s fought hard to receive the credit she deserves on and off the court, as an athlete in general.
I’ve been given such a great opportunity, I’ve been given so much talent. I’ve been put in a position where I can inspire females, ladies, and men as well. Anyone, any kid out there that wants to be something, has dreams.
I’ve had great dreams. I didn’t come from any money or anything, but I did have a dream and I did have hope. That’s really all you need.
We shouldn’t put any female athlete in a box. Why do we have to be limited to just female athletes? We all work really hard. We just want to be known as just athletes.
So what successful traits can we take into the office with us? Fortune has a great article detailing the benefits a sports mindset can do for your career.
Diversity in talent starts pretty equally when women enter the workforce, but drops off at mid-management and continues to decrease the higher you look in an organization. To change that, high-potential women need to speak up. Articulate myths or prejudices you want to dispel.
Accurately assess the competition
Women tend to inaccurately assess their competition. The lack of confidence and perceptions of others’ abilities can prevent us from pursuing stretch roles and assignments.
Surround yourself with a winning team
Just as athletes have coaches, teammates, and cheerleaders, women on the rise should build a winning, supportive team.
Flex your business muscles
The biggest mistake women and men make is expecting opportunities to come to them. You must find them, groom yourself for them, and advocate to get them.
Stick with it
I learned through sports that things don’t always go well, but it’s how you deal with tough times that makes you a leader.
(Read the article in full at Fortune)