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Venus Williams


"The effort you give is so much more important than the result."

Today, I am absolutely thrilled because we have a true icon on the show. She’s not just a tennis legend; she’s also a fierce entrepreneur, a champion for equality, and an all-around inspiration. Whether she’s smashing winners on the court or breaking barriers in business, she’s always pushing the limits and showing us what’s possible. Venus has teamed up with Dove to raise awareness about the Body Confident Sport program — a first of its-kind online coaching program developed in partnership with Nike to build body confidence in 11-17 year old girls. Today she shares her passion for shifting the conversation from appearance to capability, and how her personal journey has given her insight to this issue.

Learn more about Dove’s Body Confident Sport program and get involved HERE!

"I think finding your identity is finding your passion. When you find what you're passionate about, it just clicks." @venuswilliams  

And now let’s jump into episode 1591 of The School of Greatness!

"A lot of being your best is just preparation. You cannot be great without the preparation and you can't feel good about what you're doing unless you've done the work." @venuswilliams  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • Did you always believe in yourself, or was there a period of time that you lacked confidence, or didn’t think you were any good or were worthy of believing in or loving yourself?
  • Why do you think so many people struggle with confidence and self belief today?
  • What do you think was the greatest skill you were able to develop on the court as an athlete to translate into these moments of ambiguity?
  • Have you ever been afraid of failure?
  • What was the thing that you held onto throughout your life that once you decided to let go of you were able to step up in a greater way in other areas of your life?
  • What was the emotion that you held onto too long in your life that when you let go of allowed you to be a better human being?
  • What was the greatest lesson that each of your parents taught you growing up that you still hold onto today and implement in your life?
  • What is your weakness that you think you could improve on?
  • Can you break down how you think before entering a big moment in your life, the arena of your next challenge?
  • How do you train to stay strong mentally?
  • Did you feel that you were mentally and emotionally prepared when you became a world icon in your sport?
  • Did you ever feel like you got punished after a loss?
  • Can you remember a time in your past where you were struggling and your sister Serena supported you with your mindset?
  • Do you think you know your sister more than she knows you?
  • How do you think about identity?
  • Can you share your passion for being an advocate for capability versus appearance and can you share some of your own personal journey with this issue?
  • Why do you think so many young women and girls struggle with body confidence and why do they care so much about what other people think?
  • What’s the number one thing parents or coaching can tell someone to encourage them to focus on their performance as opposed to their looks?
  • Do you think young girls in their teens are more concerned with the opinions of their female peers or the opinions of male peers?
  • What piece of advice do you have for parents out there with young daughters who are struggling to love themselves and not care about what their peers think?
  • When you’ve had a setback, how do you build the momentum to get back on top when most people can’t do that?
  • What is your war story of the greatest battle you had to overcome?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • About the journey from self-doubt to self-belief and how to develop confidence in oneself.
  • How to translate athletic skills into life skills for navigating uncertain situations.
  • You will hear about the power of letting go of emotions and beliefs that hold you back and how it can lead to personal growth.
  • Insights into the importance of mental and emotional preparation for achieving success in any field.
  • The significance of focusing on performance over appearance and learn strategies for fostering body confidence in young people.
  • Plus much more…

Show Notes:

Learn more about Dove’s Body Confident Sport program and get involved HERE!

Transcript of this Episode

Music Credits:


Kaibu by Killercats

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