Why Olympian Nastia Liukin Never Quits on a Bad Day | Fast Company

Why Olympian Nastia Liukin Never Quits on a Bad Day | Fast Company


– So growing up, I feel
like my biggest mentors were my parents, just because not only what they
accomplished in gymnastics, but what they were able to do outside of their careers as athletes. So they’ve always inspired me. (hypnotic electronic music) I co-founded a company called Grander and our mission is to try to empower and inspire the next generation, really for them to be the
best version of themselves. And whether that is a gymnast, an Olympic athlete, an
athlete of any sort, an entrepreneur, a lawyer,
a founder, a scientist, whatever it is that you want to be, we’re kind of building
this global community where they’re able to interact with like-minded young women, but also to hear from their mentors. So growing up, I never really realized actually how lucky I was that my parents were world
and Olympic champions and I had that access
right in front of me, in that a lot of other young women don’t have that necessarily. So we wanted to just build this community of really driven, motivated young women who want to be the best
version of themselves. Something my mom actually taught
me when I was a little girl was that you can never quit on a bad day. And I remember coming home
from training some days and telling her that I wanted to quit and because my parents never pushed me or made me do gymnastics, she would say, “that’s fine,
you can quit, but not today.” And she would make me go
back to the gym the next day, the next day, and the next
day, until I had one good day. And finally after a good day, y’know, ’cause moms always know
when we have a good day, she would say, “okay
great, now you can quit. “We’ll enroll you back into public school, “find another activity that
you’re passionate about.” And I would always say, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. “I never said I wanted to quit.” And so basically it
saved me multiple times because at the end of the day, the most important thing is to
find something that you love and that you’re passionate about and that to me was
gymnastics for so many years. And so what I realized, from that simple message
of never quit on a bad day, was that regardless of what
career path you decide to take, whatever it is that your job is, we’re all going to have bad days. We’re gonna have days where
want to throw our hands up in the air say I quit, I
don’t want to do this anymore, it’s too hard, I’m
frustrated, I’m injured, whatever it is and that’s fine. It is okay to move on, it’s okay to go in a different career path or on a different avenue,
but not after a bad day. And so I feel like that’s
kind of what has helped me now through business and through
just life in general, is that not every day is
going to be easy or exciting or you’re gonna feel fulfilled but getting through those hard days and kind of going back to okay,
what is it that my goal is, and for me, that was always the Olympics and winning a gold medal. And so on those bad days, I
would visualize and look ahead and so now being able to
do that same thing in life and also in business, those are the things
that helped me at least, helped me get through those bad days.

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