I spoke to Maria Sharapova, tennis champion and author of Unstoppable: My Life So Far, about her obstacles as an immigrant trying to break into the tennis world, her biggest childhood influences, her morning habits, and her best pieces of career advice.
Sharapova expanded her presence further in the sporting universe as she became an Olympic correspondent for NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Olympic Games and during the Summer 2012 Olympic Games in London, she was awarded the Silver Medal for Women’s Singles Tennis.
Dan Schawbel: What were some of your obstacles as a young immigrant trying to break into the tennis world? So I was consistently influenced by my parents and my coaches since those were the people I was consistently surrounded by.
Schawbel: Can you tell us some of your morning habits that prepare you for your matches? Sharapova: My morning habits on match days are very consistent to what my morning habits would be on training days.
Schawbel: Talk about a career defining game that you had, how you felt about it and what you learned in the process.
Sharapova: What I like about tennis is that it consistently brings you back to reality.
What one day seemed like a defining moment, the day after might seem like you have to do it just as well and better to redefine it.