Touted as one of the greatest athletes of all time, American tennis star Serene Williams has inspired innumerable people across the globe. Winner of as many as 23 Grand Slams, Serena hasn’t been in the best of forms lately. Although she tried incredibly hard, she couldn’t move past Elena Rybakina in the fourth-round clash of the French Open.
The 39-year-old has not looked at her best on the court in recent times. Nevertheless, she is continuing to inspire not just tennis fans but all who are in need of a push to get up and get going. Serena recently delivered an inspiring speech at the Mouratoglou International School which is breaking the internet.
“When someone tells me I can’t, it really means that they can’t”: Serena Williams
Part of the speech was shared by Mouratoglou on Instagram. In the video, Williams is shown encouraging the student-athletes to always believe in their ability and keep trying until they achieve what they aspire for.
“Believe in you, no matter what,” she said. “There are a lot of people who say, ‘you can’t do this’ or ‘you can’t do that’, or ‘you’re not going to be good enough’, or ‘you can’t’. Can’t is a huge word out there, but when someone tells me I can’t, really what that means is that they can’t and they will never do it. So that’s what they are saying.”
“What they’re really saying to you is that ‘I can’t’ and they’re trying to stop you from achieving your dreams. So don’t forget that. Whenever anyone says ‘you can’t’, or ‘you’re not good enough’, just know that you really are and they’re probably just jealous of you.”
These words of wisdom by the champion athlete are surely going to inspire the ones who have an aim in life but are afraid to go after it for reasons of their own.