The Thing That Has Really Made Me Tough

The Thing That Has Really Made Me Tough


Venus Williams:

Venus Williams is a professional tennis player who has won seven Grand Slams and four Olympic gold medals.

I’m sitting at my desk after having to pull out of this year’s U.S. Open with a leg injury. Managing physical ailments is always difficult, but it’s part of a professional athlete’s job. I have always understood this.

But my body is only half of it. I still remember the first time my mother told me this: If I wanted to thrive in this sport — and in life — I needed to take care of my “whole self.”

We had traveled to Oakland for my first professional tennis tournament. I was 14. She was aware that I was entering a new phase of my life, one that would bring heightened visibility and more intense demands. She saw the pressures gathering on the horizon.

Until then, putting myself in a position to perform at my best had always meant physical training, physical preparedness and physical health. The extent of my understanding of the psychological side of things was to be mentally tough on the court in the name of winning. I made sure never to show any weakness.

What my mom was telling me that day in Oakland was that none of those elements of winning would work unless I also tended to my mental health. I needed to have a balanced life and not identify myself solely as a tennis player. Even though I was beginning to have success as a young pro, I had to remain committed to my education, stay connected to my religion and enjoy the experience of improvement — not be so driven that I would miss it all.

In other words, my life wasn’t just about how well I hit the ball. And neither was my success on the court. We’ve all seen professional athletes whose performances have fallen off because of things happening to them off the fields of play that mess with their mental state.

A few years ago, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. There was no book I could read to tell me how I could manage and overcome this illness. There was not, and is not, a straight line to the solution.

But after years of thinking holistically, I knew how to get started. I set about working not only with doctors on the physical aspects of my disease, but I also sought out mental health professionals to help me see more clearly — not to let my fears distort my reality — and to develop my ability to learn to stay in the moment. Also, and perhaps most important of all, I learned to be kind to myself every day as I faced this new obstacle.

I may be a professional tennis player, but I actually don’t think I’m that different from everyone else. All of us face mental health challenges resulting from the inevitable setbacks and uncertainties of life. We also live in a culture that glorifies being a workaholic, where the risks of burnout are often ignored, and where, let’s face it, whether you’re on or off the court, winning is everything.

It doesn’t matter who you are. You need support. You can’t divorce mental health from anything you do. It impacts your physical well-being, your decision-making, your ability to cope with difficult moments.

I grew up running down every last ball on the hot, hard courts of Compton. My sister Serena and I were taught that we’d have to fight harder than other players to get the respect we deserved. That’s what I thought “tough” meant.

But admitting you’re vulnerable is no joke. It isn’t easy to ask for help or confide in people about having emotional struggles. I have been lucky to have a sister who has gone through similar challenges; we have always been able to share our experiences and support each other.

Paying attention to my psychological well-being has allowed me to love the game of tennis for this long. I guess you could say it’s the thing that has really made me tough.

I am fortunate to have family and coaches who let me lean on them. For me, open and positive communication is essential. It has been wonderful to see so many athletes, such as Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles and Michael Phelps, talk about the need to tend to the inevitable psychological issues that bubble up for all of us.

But it is incredibly frustrating to me that only an estimated half of those who have mental illness get the treatment they need. As we confront the devastating impact of the pandemic, support for our mental health is more urgent than ever. I would imagine that if you’re reading this column, you know someone who was or is struggling emotionally. I know I do.

I have partnered with the therapy service Better Help and the Women’s Tennis Association, which are providing $2 million toward free therapy to anyone who signs up and are supporting efforts to remove associations of shame attached to mental illness.

I am excited to lend my voice to destigmatizing mental illness, and it starts here: Let’s show up for ourselves and for one another and recognize what it takes to be truly strong.

Venus Williams is a professional tennis player who has won seven Grand Slam titles and four Olympic gold medals.

A version of this article appears in print on Sept. 13, 2021, Section A, Page 19 of the New York edition with the headline: Being Tough Means Taking Care of My Whole Self.

n “Venus Williams: The Thing That Has Really Made Me Tough,” the athlete says, “It doesn’t matter who you are, You need support. You can’t divorce mental health from anything you do. It impacts your physical well-being, your decision-making, your ability to cope with difficult moments.”

Using the article for support, explain whether or not you agree with Williams’ emphasis on mental health as a foundation for  success.


300 word minimum.

The diagnostic is an ungraded writing skills test.




 Practice Counterargument And Refutation Paragraphs

For this Writer’s Notebook, you will write two paragraphs, a counterargument and a refutation paragraph. You will use  “What’s a College Education Really Worth?” by Naomi Schaefer Riley as the counterargument. In other words, you will prove why she is wrong in your refutation paragraph. You will defend the thesis statement “The benefits of graduating from a four-year university outweigh the negatives.”

  1. In your counterargument paragraph, you will quote from the article “What’s a College Education Really Worth?” by Naomi Schaefer Riley in order to prove why students don’t need college.
  2. In your refutation paragraph, you will come up with reasons why graduating from a four-year university has more benefits than negatives in order to prove why students should go to college.
  3. Follow the templates in the lesson over counterarguments and refutations EXACTLY.


In the end you will have TWO paragraphs: a counterargument that uses Schaefer Riley’s ideas and quotes from that article and a refutation paragraph that has your own ideas about why graduating from college is beneficial. If you want, you may find an article that has a good quote about the benefits of graduating from college and use it in your refutation paragraph. But it is not required. You can simply use your own ideas

strategic management plan

strategic management plan

Important Note: 

When organizing/writing your strategic management plan, use professional APA formatting and also use the: Strategic Management Model found in the PowerPoint provided.

You will formulate and document the individual components of a unique strategic management model culminating in a strategic management plan for your company. You may also use a fictional company if necessary. If you choose a fictional company it can be an established business or a start-up. It can be a market leader, or a company that is experiencing financial difficulty. It can offer one product or have multiple products and/or services. It can be a single operation or a multi-business company.


This is Part I of your Plan. This must consist of 2200 words Not including references of titles.

Use the questions and tasks below as a guide in developing the first part of your strategic plan. It should be noted that everyone is encouraged to use any other relevant information beyond the questions below to showcase your strategic planning skills learned in this course. In addition to the course textbook, be sure to cite and use outside scholarly research where appropriate to support this plan. Furthermore, using keyword internet searches like Strategic Planning or Strategic Planning Templates will give you access to examples which will guide you with additional ideas.

  1. Describe your chosen business for this project and discuss in scholarly detail what forms of communication about the strategic management process would be helpful to the employees in your organization prior to beginning the process?
  2. What are the basic products or services, primary market, and principle technology of your selected company and then prepare a mission statement for this business or fictional firm?
  3. Conduct an External Environmental Scan for your selected company. Identify and Select key trends in the social and task environments which offer threats and opportunities to the organization. Organize the scan by placing the key trends into columns of threats, opportunities, or both.
  4. What functions and services in your selected company define your core competencies? Which could be outsourced leaving the organization room to be more focused on what it does best? What critical skills should your organization develop? Also prepare a table showing company strengths and weaknesses
  5. Using one (or a combination) of grand strategies, write long-term objectives for your selected company that exhibits the seven qualities of long-term objectives including: Acceptable, Flexible, Measurable, Motivating, Suitable, Understandable, and Achievable.  Furthermore, describe the grand business strategy or strategies that you will select to seek sustained competitive advantage and why you selected these strategies.


Reliability of Selection Measures

Reliability of Selection Measures

Article Analysis Reviews: Using the  University electronic library, each student is to research and post an analysis of two articles relating to the identified subjects under review during the relevant week of the assignment. Your assignment is to post a summary (no less than 2 pages double-spaced) of the article. Be sure to include a reference for your article so classmates can access the article as needed. Threaded discussion comments may be directed toward the strengths and weaknesses of the issue discussed. Threaded discussion comments must be substantive. Substantive means discussions having relevance and importance to the subject at hand. Five points will be awarded for the content of the summary.

Reading: Chapter 6 – Human Resource Measurement in Selection (Gatewood)
Reading: Chapter 7 – Reliability of Selection Measures (Gatewood)
Reading: Chapter 8 – Validity of Selection procedures
Assignment: Topic of final essay is due to the instructor via email this week.
Topic of Article Analysis One Discussion Assignment: Research and post article analysis one to the class discussion board. Read and comment on the assignment posted by your classmates relating to “Reliability of Selection Measures.” CHAPTER 7 OF TEXTBOOK
The 2nd article analyzed can be anything human resource or healthcare related. Each analysis has to be 2 pages, no less than 2.


Operational Excellence

Operational Excellence

Discuss what a community of practice is regarding Information technology.   Why are they important and how can they impact the culture within an organization?


Word Count: 300
additional Scholarly source
Strict APA 7 format



A 12-year-old boy has occasional episodes of mild asthma while playing soccer with his friends.

Q1. What treatment should this patient receive to relieve symptoms during an asthma attack?

Q2. If the patient’s asthma attacks occur more frequently, what changes in therapy might be appropriate?

A 19-year-old college student is asking for contraceptives. 

Q3. What will you assess to determine if this patient is a good candidate for contraceptives, and what will you prescribe? (Include brand and generic name, route, frequency, and dose). What is the mechanism of action of the contraceptive you prescribed and the adverse effects?

Q4.  The patient states she heard a pill can help her acne. What would you prescribe and your rationale? (Include brand and generic name, dose, route, and frequency).

Q5. The patient is concerned because her mother and sister developed fractures in their legs and vertebra after menopause. She wants to know what medication and other advice will prevent osteoporosis. You discuss bisphosphonates. How are they used in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis?

A 48-year-old man has occasional episodes of gout that are painful and debilitating. He requires drugs to treat the symptoms of acute gout attacks and prevent recurrent attacks.

Q6. How would you treat this patient’s acute gouty attack? Please list the trade and generic name and the dose of therapy. What is the mechanism of action of your choice of prescription?


  • Length: A minimum of 500 words, not including references
  • Citations: At least two high-level scholarly references in APA from within the last 5 years


Nursing Image

Nursing Image



Write a memo 3 on commercial transaction.

Take a case from canilli (on canada).

Statistics For Technology Management


Discuss the methods used at your company to measure and ensure quality products and services.

2. Submit definitions for the following terms:

  • Total Quality Management (TQM)
  • Six Sigma
  • Control chart
  • Assignable causes
  • Common causes
  • Acceptance sampling

Competency Models

Competency Models

1. A brief explanation of two advantages and two disadvantages of using competency models compared to using traditional approaches to job analysis for your job or a job with which you are familiar.

2.Explain two potential consequences of customizing competency models to fit your organization.


Support your response using Learning Resources and current literature.