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4 Pieces of Advice Serena Williams Hopes Every Incredible Woman Will Heed

In the spirit of 2016's love for open letters and essays by powerful women, tennis champion and MAKER Serena Williams wrote for Porter Magazine's Incredible Women of 2016 issue.

The letter, written for "incredible women who strive for excellence," touches upon some of Williams' hopes and wishes for the future of women in whatever career industry they choose to pursue.

Here are four pieces of advice the tennis legend shared:

1. Dream big
"My dream wasn’t like that of an average kid, my dream was to be the best tennis player in the world. Not the best "female" tennis player in the world. I was fortunate to have a family that supported my dream and encouraged me to follow it. I learned not to be afraid. I learned how important it is to fight for a dream and, most importantly, to dream big."

2. Be resilient
"As we know, too often women are not supported enough or are discouraged from choosing their path. I hope together we can change that. For me, it was a question of resilience. What others marked as flaws or disadvantages about myself... I embraced as fuel for my success."

3. Break barriers
"Women have to break down many barriers on the road to success. One of those barriers is the way we are constantly reminded we are not men, as if it is a flaw... We should never let this go unchallenged. We should always be judged by our achievements, not by our gender."

4. Empower the next generation of women
"We must continue to dream big, and in doing so, we empower the next generation of women to be just as bold in their pursuits."

Watch Williams' exclusive MAKERS story in the video player above.

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