• Bola Kwame

How I Beat Serene Williams And What You Can Learn From It

Updated: Feb 18, 2021

Every time an individual learns something new, it allows us the possibility to speak differently to ourself, to look inwards with this new-found knowledge and do differently with the same; ultimately bringing changes in our life that we never thought possible. I stumbled on just such a place to learn new things recently (recently-ish, it's been a few months); Mindvalley. Mindvalley has a mindboggling number of courses, catering to everything from mental health to nutrition to motivation, happiness, abundance and how to better manage wealth.

What is Mindvalley

Mindvalley could be described as a global educational technology startup founded by Vishen Lakhiani in 2002. It proposes products/courses focused on “personal spiritual development” and “lifelong learning.”

This radically inspired approach has created a whole new way of looking at education, with more than 3 million students of all ages from around the globe, with integration into the world's leading corporations and most prestigious schools.

Consciousness Engineering is a framework created by Mindvalley founder and personal growth pioneer Vishen Lakhiani to shape the minds of those who want to evolve. What Vishen has done is bringing together many of the world's best teachers in different fields and teaching in a way where you can quickly adapt their beliefs and habits in very short daily classes (1 hour in more in-depth classes).

Vishen explains the particular methodology in his internationally bestselling book, The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, which became the world's #1 book on Amazon five times in 2017 and was translated into 20 languages.

The teachers/tutors in every field are “living legends”, best-selling authors and brilliant minds who know how to inspire and transform. Mindvalley and Lakhiani seek to create the best program in the world in every category that enters their “university.”

The Mindvalley Model

Global Campus

Being an education company that offers online courses, a person can learn courses with MindValley no matter where they live. It could be at home (as everything is nowadays *cries in Covid* or travelling. You can access these courses at any time you want. The best aspect of Mindvalley is that you get an education anywhere, anytime. MindValley hosts live local events on its college campuses. Every summer the campus moves to a new city. In case Mindvalley visits your city, you can visit the university campus and experience an added dimension. But if you're unable to visit these travelling campuses, you can still access Mindvalley at the touch of your fingertips.

Expert Instructors

The courses Mindvalley offers are created by experts like Emily Fletcher, Lisa Nichols, Neale Donald Walsch, and Vishen Lakhiani as well. You can check out some of the courses they offer.

This is one of those platforms where you can find top-level education alongside some of the brilliant minds that help inspire and transform.


Mindvalley's curriculum focuses on 5 important areas of life. There are more than 30 courses in English; you will have to pay for some courses, while you can also make use of some courses at no cost.

You can access the free courses for a specified time. The price depends on the duration of the course and the inclusion of a certificate of completion or not.

What's On Offer at Mindvalley

Career And Influence On People

The courses that fall into this particular category have been designed for those who want to enhance their career and have a lasting influence on people. You can find a course in this category taught by Robin Sharma.

Productivity And Lifestyle

If you intend to develop your lifestyle, as well as a productive mindset, Mindvalley has courses to help you. Vishen Lakhiani has written courses in which you can learn the difference between goals and means.

Mind and Spiritual Connection

The courses that fall into the Mind and Spirit category allow you to challenge various beliefs and get rid of all unwanted distractions.

Health and Beauty

Having a very healthy and fit lifestyle is not as easy as it sounds. For some people, our cravings for all the sweet and savoury almost put our healthy lifestyle in the back seat. This course aims to give balance where balance is lacking.

Relationship and Love

Not all people have a great healthy love life. For some people, it can be difficult to establish clean, non-toxic relationships. This course gives you the tools to find the person that compliments your life, not control it.

The Be Extraordinary Program - How I Beat Serena Williams

This program lasts 30 days, in which the Vishen will guide you on a path to improve the “stage 3 consciousness.”

Each lesson will be taught by Vishen through videos of between 10 to 20 minutes and at the end of each one, there will be a practical segment in which you will have to apply what you have learned in class.

The goal of the Be Extraordinary program is to awaken in students a deep introspection in their lives. Vishen explains that by taking this course, each student will have a critical view of their beliefs and patterns in their lives. Upon completion, you must have the resources to take control of your world and change it for the better.

Professional tennis player Bianca Andreescu credited Mindvalley and this program after defeating Serena Williams at the Canadian Open in 2019.

What Will You Get From This Program?

You will learn new concepts and ideas that will help you have a different perspective on the world around you.

You will get the information offered in the course simply and clearly. While some concepts can be deep and complicated, Vishen is perfectly able to explain them in a way that everyone can understand.

You will have the option of taking the course together with other people. You will be able to meet new people who are taking the course on the same date as you, so you can discuss what you have learned and hear different opinions from each one.

The program has a swathe of resources included, allowing you the use of many tools to embed what you've learned theoretically into a practical part of your life.

Some Things To Keep In Mind

Some videos may be short for the depth of the topics covered in each class. While the purpose is to make each lesson easy to understand, it will sometimes seem like a topic has been oversimplified.

You must commit each day to complete each lesson. Videos can be up to 20 minutes long, but there are activities you must do. To do them correctly you must read the supplementary information provided to fully understand each class. You should dedicate 40 to 60 minutes a day for this.

Be Extraordinary is a program to bring positive changes to your life, however, the course will not achieve it by itself. You must be willing to act differently to see changes. Having a correct mindset is key for this course to be for you.

The program is not a magic wand that will solve all your problems. The ideas and concepts Vishen explains will make you feel motivated to make changes in your life, but you must put in the time and commitment. These changes will not happen overnight (sadly). Be Extraordinary will help you to have new perspectives and will explain new principles to adopt different behaviour. The ability and power lie with you to make those changes come true.

If you do decide to enrol at Mindvalley, let us know what you thought in the comments!

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