EP001: Australian Ninja with Olivia Vivian – The No Xcuses Show

April 26, 2017


Monday, October 16th, 2017 – Daily Grit Live is my newest project, one that I hope all of you will enjoy. For our first live interview last 16th of October, I had the pleasure of interviewing Olivia Vivian, who you may know from her gymnastics achievements, including the 2008 Summer Olympics or the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and may have seen recently in the Australian Ninja Warrior.

Watch the full video below:

Time Stamped Show Notes

00:05 – Liv is an Olympic and Commonwealth games gymnast. She went to the 2008 Olympics and then also the 2014 Commonwealth games where they won silver. She’s also done a bit of circus with Cirque du Soleil and is currently doing the Australian Ninja Warrior.

00:58I love sticking to something that I’m really passionate about. I think another area of my life that takes up a large chunk of it would be my café.

01:28 What am I going to do and where’s my life going?

05:07 – Can you share with us what your current area of expertise is?

I hadn’t found something physical in a long time, sporting-wise, that really grabs me and just held my attention. And I actually had no idea what Ninja Warrior was. I went into the first season pretty like, “I don’t know what I’m doing.”

It was an eye opener. I had such an amazing time and I do remember my college sporting days feeling so passionate like that about gymnastics and I hadn’t felt that fire in a little while.

08:31 – What would be your biggest setback to date?

I try and think like injuries were a setback but I think, when I look back now, it was definitely losing my dad.

09:59 I got to take his legacy and put it in my own life and just be grateful for what I do have. I’ve got my mom and she’s phenomenal. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her. And so I look back in reflection and I appreciate everything I learnt through dad and the time I had. It keeps me grateful for what I do have.

11:04 – What was your biggest breakthrough moment, your biggest success?

I think a big lesson for me that turned out to be really successful and positive for me was right leading up to the Olympic Games.

13:08I’m not on this team one year before the Olympic Games, we discovered that I wasn’t doing 100% in training. So I wasn’t committing myself out of the fear of failing.

17:09 – What is one of the things that you’re most passionate about at the moment?

Ninja Warrior was so different to anything I’ve ever done. And people are like, “How do you train for it? What do you do?”

20:12Well I think that’s just what I’m passionate about now is honestly just trying new things and connecting with really cool people. You’re constantly learning. You’re constantly growing, and I love that. I’m not someone to just sit there and just cruise anymore.

20:48 – What was holding you back from doing what you wanted to do?

After Beijing I could’ve quit gymnastics. It wasn’t something I was passionate about at all. I just wanted to reach the Olympics and it was sort of I was just going through the motions to get that goal.

24:34“We’re going to be champions. We’re going to be Pac-10 champions.” In fact she forced us to say, “We’re going to be national champions.”

26:53 – What would be the best piece of advice you’d ever received?

Obviously Matt slapping me in the face and going, “You’re 100% in or get out.” I appreciated that. Really, I just really appreciate what that did for me and my career and even the way I view things now.

“Look, the best advice I can give you is take the things you loved most about your dad, whether it was an attitude that he had or things that he did, take that and apply it to your own every day.”

28:21We’re here and tomorrow is never promised. We really take that for granted sometimes and forget that.

28:50 – What is a personal habit that you do that contributes to your success?

I laugh. I laugh, I definitely don’t take things ultra-seriously. So I’m always trying to just have fun with what I’m doing and where I’m going.

30:56 – What is your favourite tool that keeps you motivated today?

I like to envision big goals or what could be. I think it’s really cool for the imagination at least and just get your motivation up, feeling good and stuff like that. A tool? Caffeine.

33:14 – Vivian’s Philosophy

And I was in to Disney channel. I love Disney movies. But so we’ve been told and we’ve been made to believe that we can achieve anything.

Right? And you can have these goals and if you want them so much you can have anything that you want.

I feel like the message in between that’s being missed out is you need to work hard. You need to work hard for it.

34:28It’s remembering that those goals are amazing and that they do feel so good when you get there, but you’ve got to work through it. You’ve got to grind and there’s not easy days. And it’s just getting through those hard days and sticking to it and finding the best management system for you as well.

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