Venus Williams asks you to Come to Win
In her new book titled “Come to Win” Venus Williams sets out to share incredibly useful nuggets of information and advice about working your way to the top. She does this by interviewing extremely influential people about how sports made a difference to their lives, even if they were not professional sportsmen or women and how it helped them reach the pinnacles of success. Her book is in fact, fully titled as “Come to Win: How Sports Can Help You Ace Your Goals And Top Your Profession”.
She has interviewed famous personalities like former president of the US, Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and fashion designer Vera Wang and the likes for her book which she says will inspire people to turn to sports and engage in physical activity that will make them disciplined and fit at the same time. Physical fitness and a disciplined lifestyle are well known factors which feature in overall success and Williams feels that once people read the stories of influential people, they will be able to relate more and feel encouraged to follow in their footsteps.
When asked about her book Venus elaborates that she wants to show the readers how sports has the ability to change lives – it is beneficial for everyone, not just those who play sports professionally. The lessons learnt while playing sports – such as discipline, teamwork and pushing yourself to the limits of your endurance are life lessons which will serve to shape your future successes. She says that the famous personalities she interviewed obviously did not go on to become sports persons, but the fact that they played sports enthusiastically taught them values which come into play till date and apply to what they do now.
For example, she says a chance conversation with Bill Clinton when he called to congratulate her after she won the US Open title, led to a 45 minute interview over the telephone which revealed how Clinton enjoyed playing football and rugby and still runs daily to keep fit. His experience with sports had led him to work against childhood obesity and he runs active campaigns against the latter and did so even when he was president.
The book also chronicles the effect sports has had with people like Richard Branson, former CEO of Ebay – Meg Whitman, Co-founder of Nike Philip Knight, former NBA player and entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson and other visionaries. They come together to give the readers delightful and inspiring anecdotes on how sports have been instrumental in shaping their business strategies. They talk about how sports teaches one to visualize strategies before implementing them, turning losses into wins and learning from them, not procrastinating and learning to give credit where it is due as a team player.
The book therefore, can be called a “Business Bible” for aspiring professionals and managers as well as entrepreneurs who can look to the luminaries interviewed for inspiration. It is also a great book for parents and coaches who want to teach their children and charges confidence and discipline. There is also an interview of Venus who talks about what she has learnt from sports, how her parents helped her in her success and how the wisdom she has accumulated from sports has helped her in her remarkable achievements – which not only include her sporting wins but also the launch of her clothes line and interior design firm.