Venus Williams Quotes: Rules of Life & Useful Tips
Enjoy our one of the best quotes collections with 55 funny, wise, motivational tennis quotations & inspirational rules of life by one of the most popular tennis female players in USA and all around the globe, Venus Williams. If you want more Venus Williams’ fun & bio facts, you can get it in her profile!
Standing up for what you believe is right.
I’m always in search for perfection. If something is not perfect, I’m back to the drawing board. Well, the thing is, you never really reach perfect, so that’s why you always go back to practice.
Win pretty, win ugly, just win.
I love what I do. I love the challenge and I appreciate it. I think that makes a big difference, when you appreciate what you do. It makes you want to strive and be the best at it and bring out your best. That’s what I want to do every time: Bring out my best and prove that to myself.
I always believe in my game. Losing never really crosses my mind.
When you don’t get the result it’s upsetting because you know you have to go back and work even harder, and oftentimes you go back and work harder and harder and harder until you get to where you need to be.
I’ve got to stay tougher. I’ve got to stay tougher than whoever’s across the net.
I don’t ever skimp on my butter. I love butter. Some things I’ve struggled to let go. But it’s all about leading a healthy lifestyle that works for you.
Advice to kids who dream of being a professional athlete: “Enjoy it and believe in yourself, because a big part of it is believing. Everybody’s good, everybody’s trained hard, a lot of people have put in the work, but at the end of the day, do you have the confidence? If you step out there confident, then it’s pretty hard to be beaten. But it’s not easy to step up confidence. It’s a challenge. It’s tough.
When you’re a big sister it’s a great job. I don’t know how little sisters feel about their job, but when you’re a big sister, you’re supposed to take care of everything. And you feel good about it, I really do.
My goal is to point out realities to people who may not be fully aware of them, and to give them a chance to do the right thing.
I was raised to be confident. That was how I was taught, but also, you’re not going to feel confident every time. So sometimes it’s about portraying that confidence. It’s about faking it. It’s about doing whatever it takes to step out there and do what you need to do to perform, and that’s on the tennis court but also off of it, just in life. You can’t expect to be a hundred percent always, but if you believe in yourself things can start to fall into place.
I don’t think anyone wants to look in the mirror and say, ‘I’m anti-woman,’ they don’t see themselves that way and you can’t treat them that way. But you have to tell the truth.
It’s important to be respectful to the things that have been accomplished but also to acknowledge what hasn’t been accomplished yet.
I’m taking on a lot, but I’m happy with it. I need that pressure in my life. I carry a mind-set that tries to anticipate the next shot, the next point, the next set.
“In my family, success wasn’t really defined by anything at all”
It was more or less defined by being a good person. We weren’t really taught, “Oh, you have to win to be successful” or you have to do this or that. We were taught to go out there and try to be a success at the things that you try, so I think I have a more relaxed definition of success, even though I’m a really hard worker and I push hard. I don’t really define my life on the wins or losses or any of those things. I feel like those aren’t the defining moments in my life.
Success for me is being able to live my life with no regrets. To be able to look back and say “I enjoyed my life. I had a good time whether it was win, lose or draw. Whether it was a tough time in life or a good time, I enjoyed it. I enjoyed living.” I think that’s very important. It can’t be a successful life if you didn’t enjoy it. Then what’s the point? Just giving your best every single time. You can look in the mirror and say “I tried. I gave it all. I know I left nothing.” That, to me, is success.
I have always said that after sport, I wanted a life, I wanted an opportunity, I wanted to be able to do something. And if something happens — the economy falls out or the dollar is worthless, anything could happen — you have to be ready to work. And I’m ready.
I don’t see myself as a big deal. I see myself as someone who’s working toward her goals, and I’m still fighting to live my dream out there.
In the past, I would train until I died. Now, because of Sjogren’s syndrome, I have to be careful. If I train too hard, then I won’t be able to do anything the next day. There would be times when I’d park my car at home and I fell asleep behind the wheel because I was so tired! It’s a balance between pushing myself as much as I can and being reasonable about what I can achieve and what my body will tolerate.
For me it’s more and more important to get involved and give back to the next generation. Tennis has given so much to me that I feel I’m at the point where I just want to try to find ways to support others in their goals.
I hope people are inspired to live their dream, because there’s nothing as exciting and amazing as living your dreams. I definitely hope to inspire people to do that.
You have to accept that you’re never going to be 100 percent.
You never know where inspiration is going to come from. Earlier in my career I could never beat Jana Novotna. I remember playing her and someone in the audience yelled, “Hit it to her forehand!” And so I hit it to her forehand, and what do you know, she collapsed. I thank that fan, whoever that was!
Venus Williams comments on her book “Come To Win”: Even though this is my book, I have to include it on the list. I still like picking it up and thumbing through the interviews of so many famous and powerful people and reading about how sports has touched their lives and propelled their careers. When you read about something you have in common with, say, Sir Richard Branson, it inspires you to go out and achieve.
“Not” is not an answer. For me, that’s the solution. If I have to work hard or think hard or just copy somebody else that’s doing it better – whatever it takes, I’m going to find that solution. That’s the drive that keeps me going.
Everybody wants to be beautiful… But honestly I’m more focused on what I’m accomplishing than what I look like. That’s always been how I felt. What am I accomplishing when I wake up in the morning? It’s about how do I get better, what am I achieving? That’s pretty much what I recommend—focus on what you want to accomplish. It doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside. You can look amazing, but in the end it’s what we do.
Best Serena’s advice: “The best advice she ever gave me in terms of tennis or even life is, you have to show up, so why not compete? You have to be there. You can’t run away from it, so why not compete? That was the best advice ever. I try to apply that daily.”
After a bad day, nothing lifts your spirits like singing your heart out. We grew up listening to all kinds of music, and my whole family loves Karaoke. I am always trying new songs, and coming up with dance routines, but these are some of my long-time favorites. 6 Underground” by the Sneaker Pimps, “Stupid Girl” by Garbage, “Call Me” by Blondie.
My motto personally has always been: Look Good, Play Well. I think there’s a connection with what you wear. If you don’t feel good about what you’re wearing, you aren’t going to feel confident and you aren’t going to be able to concentrate.
I don’t like being defeated by anything. It makes me creative, that’s for sure. You have to figure out ways to win when you don’t feel well. You have to find different avenues in order to get your top health level, and you have to be tough. You can’t make any excuses, even though you have one of the biggest excuses available.
Venus Williams & shirts saying “Olympics”!
If you know the least a thing about me, you probably know that I am crazy for the Olympics. I always have been. And if you have read any of my Greatest Hits of 2012, you’ve noticed that many of them are about my effort to climb the rankings and qualify for the Olympic Games. My whole life revolved around the Olympics for so much of this year. I am still wearing shirts that say “Olympics” on them!
Usually in tennis there is this intense focus on you and your own expectations. You try not to pay attention to the media and what everyone else is saying because it is difficult to play with all of that. But in the Olympics it is about pure competition.
I am not one for polishing trophies. In fact, I don’t even know where some of my trophies are. When I win cups, they mostly get used as fruit bowls in my house. But all those Olympic e-mails and documents have been printed and carefully framed.
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