Former world No. 1 Serena Williams underlined that she absolutely hates losing but admitted that certain failures helped her grow and become the ultimate champion she is. Williams, 40, is one of the most accomplished players in tennis history and many thinks she should be considered as the greatest tennis player of all time.
Williams is the second player on the all-time Grand Slam record list, having captured 23 Grand Slam throughout her astonishing career. However, it hasn’t been always great and ideal for Williams. “It’s hard.
I’m a terrible loser. When it comes to losing, I even hate that word,” Williams said while speaking alongside Prince Harry on a panel for BetterUp, as quoted on Sportskeeda. “Because for me, if I have a loss I actually learn so much from it.
[But] I think some of my best growth has come from a loss”.
Williams on the importance of learning from losses and failures
Failing in something can actually be good for you if you know how to draw valuable lessons from it and not make the same mistakes again.
“Even when I’m investing in a company, I actually want to know about your losses,” Williams said. “If you started a company before, how did you do? Where did you kind of fail at? Because if everything was so good and so clean and so easy, then that doesn’t even build character, you know?” Also, WIlliams thinks that setting boundaries is something very important and helpful.
“There was definitely a time when I didn’t have boundaries and now I think they are so important. If you don’t have boundaries, you are not going to reach what you can do,” Williams said. “Don’t send emails at 11 p.m., you will burn out”.
Meanwhile, Williams hasn’t played since Wimbledon. Williams was hoping to make a comeback at the Australian Open but she skipped the event.