How Serena Williams' Coach Is Enabling Her Legacy | Johanna Konta: An Education For Success Despite Loss? | Andy Murray Corrects Journalist of Sexism
From 'Greatness to History': Insights From Serena Williams' Coach On Building a Legacy
By Kris Deichler, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International
Patrick Mouratoglou is the current coach of tennis player Serena Williams and this summer will mark his 5th year in the position. Ms Williams, one of the most recognisable and successful female athletes in the world, credits him taking her from "great to history". She appointed him as her coach in 2012 after a surprise first-round defeat at the French Open and having gone two years without a grand slam title had reduced her confidence.
Since then, Mr Mouratoglou's strategy has been simple. He has shifted her focus from simply winning tournaments to that of breaking records and creating a legacy. At 35-years-old, she is the oldest player to ever be a world No.1 and currently holds 23 grand slam titles. Speaking of his protege, Mr Mouratoglou told CNN about his approach with Ms Williams:
"It's the little differences... When players think right it makes a huge difference and, with champions, it's even bigger. She can completely switch from one second to another.
The goal is not to beat this record, or that record, the real goal is to set up Serena's record. Is it 23? 24? 25? 30? I don't know, but let's go, let's find out.
Why would there be a limit? If, as a coach, I set limits for Serena I'm really a terrible coach because Serena doesn't have limits."
In the interview, Mr Mouratoglou describes Ms Williams as someone who sees "everything is possible". It's the kind of mindset that any of us need to cultivate if we want to truly realise our potential. Knowing that our potential is something that we should never limit, but constantly strive towards in order to see how far we can go.
There is a saying that "the enemy of the great is the good", meaning that the moment we give up striving to do more with our lives is the moment we deny ourselves the chance to realise what might have been possible - on creating a legacy. How many of us have today given up on our dreams, settled for a life less than we know deep down we are worth? When we look through the lens of 'what IS possible' rather than 'what's NOT possible' who knows how much further we could go? It's never too late! 😉 Read more on this here at CNN...
Johanna Konta: An Education For Success?
By Asif Valiji, Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International
While she may have lost her semi-final to Venus Williams, Johanna Konta was the first British woman to make it through to the semi-finals at Wimbledon since Virginia Wade did in 1978. Her achievement so far has been a great milestone for British tennis as she was ranked outside the top 100 in recent years. One reason behind this success could be to do with her early education.
Born in Australia to Hungarian parents, Miss Konta attended Kamaroi Steiner school in Northern Sydney until she was 12. Here the teachers cultivated long-term educational relationships with the children and developed their creativity and other holistic elements of education.
Miss Konta herself was described as being a meticulous and attentive girl who had few friends and the school was described as a “form of wilderness” by a former school teacher - Lizzie Spencer, who added:
“At the playground, there was a soccer field, the rest of it was rocks and bush... If our class played soccer they were just mucking around. It was rough and it was casual. The games were imaginative – there might be a kingdom here, and a kingdom there, and you’d have to get past dragons.
[I see] a lot of [Ms Konta's] childhood in her playing style."
This education had a strong and positive impact on Miss Konta who has said herself that she still approaches her game from:
“...quite a child’s mind-set”... "I’m very lucky I still get to play tennis today as when I was nine years old.”
Miss Konta’s schooling encouraged children to be free and unlimited with their imagination and creativity, as well as focusing on the academic and physical schooling many of us are used to. Being able to connect with the inner freedom and creativity we have as children is something many who succeed in their chosen fields have managed to do.
Cultivating this mindset doesn't have to start when we are children either, we can start now. We can put it into practice today by being more creative and open in our approach to our work: using mind-maps to plan our days and weeks or spending time being creative and drawing our goals on paper. To read more about this article click here...
Andy Murray Corrects Journalist Over Alledged Casual Sexism
By Jatinder Singh, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International
Britain's Andy Murray has been commended for correcting a journalist who has been accused of casual sexism in relation to a question he asked Mr Murray. The journalist said that Sam Querrey, the American who knocked Mr Murray out of Wimbledon was:
"...The first US player to reach a major semi-final since 2009."
Mr Murray then interjected and reminded the reporter that he was only talking about:
"Male Player [s]..."
He noted this because there have been a lot of successful female US players during this period, such as Serena and Venus Williams. Andy Murray's mother Judith Murray posted the following witty remark on social media.
Watch this short video of the interaction between the journalist and Mr Murray here:
This story provides a strong example of how unaware we may be of our subconscious biases against other people, especially as it's highly unlikely the reporter intended any malice in his comment. Nevertheless, these biases can cause offence with other people and harm our relationships if we don't realise they are there and work to change them. Where in our own lives do we have inherent biases against other people that we are unaware of? How can we discover these and change them where necessary?