Prince Harry, Serena Williams and BetterUp CEO Alexi Robichaux took part in the inaugural Inner Work conference.
The three discussed the importance of doing work on yourself to prevent burnout and improve your mental health.
Prince Harry urged why people should make time for themself, using himself as an example of reaching burnout.
Harry said he was “burning the candle at both ends” and was forced to look inward. “Inner work” was the only way to get control.
Williams, as a top-performing athlete, was “pulled in so many different directions.”
“I’m super strategic– I take ‘me time,'” she explained.
“What really is important is focusing on me and me time. Boundaries are so important to have. If you don’t have boundaries you aren’t going to reach what you can do,” Williams continued.
The tennis pro gave advice on setting the boundaries.
“Don’t send emails at 11 p.m.,” Williams advised. “You will burn out.”
Harry agreed with Williams on setting boundaries and knowing what you can take on, “It starts at home, it starts internal.”
He also shared how his day goes and how he fits time in for self-reflection.
When “one of the kids have gone to school, one is having a nap,” Prince Harry said he will then carve out 30-45 minutes to “take the dog for a walk” or meditate.
Elsewhere in the conversation, Harry and Williams spoke about maintaining good mental health even when times get hard, such as losses on the tennis court.
“When it comes to losing, I hate that word, I want to coin it a growing experience,” Williams said. “As much as I hate it, I have learned so much.”
“Losses are important, learn from them,” she added.
Realizing they were rambling, Williams and Harry both apologized, “Sorry we can talk for hours.”
“Harry is always solving all my problems,” Williams said of Harry’s improvement through the BetterUp. “You are just always figuring it out for me.”
Harry gave credit to Williams for doing the work herself but joked that he should be on BetterUp’s coaching board.
"It's work, but out of all the work we do… it is the most fulfilling," Harry said. "Apart from being a dad!" pic.twitter.com/xnKLXg7Hbl
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“I don’t have it sorted, Serena doesn’t have it sorted, none of us do. Life is about discovery,” Harry concluded, noting that one of the best things he has learned to do is “turn a negative into a positive.” It “feels like a superpower.”
“It’s work, but out of all the work we do… it is the most fulfilling,” Harry said. “Apart from being a dad!”