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#46 Nicole DAVIS [2x Olympian]: How to Harness Your Competitiveness (& Why You May Need To Pivot)

#46 Nicole DAVIS [2x Olympian]: How to Harness Your Competitiveness (& Why You May Need To Pivot)

October 30, 2016

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2014 - FIVB World Championships - Italy (Gold Medal)

2014 - Montreux Volley Masters (Silver)...USA Volleyball Cup vs. Brazil...FIVB World Grand Prix (5th in Preliminary). 

2013 - USA Volleyball Cup. 

2012 - FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...Olympic Games (Silver). 

2011 – Montreux Volley Masters (Fourth)...Pan American Cup (Bronze)...FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...NORCECA Championship Gold...FIVB World Cup (Silver). 

2010 – Montreux Volley Masters (Silver Medal)...FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold Medal)...FIVB World Championship (Fourth). 

2009 – Tour of Egypt…Pan American Cup (Fourth)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Ninth)…Final Four Intercontinental Cup (Silver)…NORCECA Continental Championship (Fourth). 

2008 – Tour of China…U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball versus Brazil…FIVB World Grand Prix (Fourth Place)…Olympic Games (Silver Medal). 

2007 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Eighth Place)…NORCECA Championship (Silver Medal)…FIVB World Cup (Bronze Medal).

2006 – World Grand Prix (Seventh Place)…World Championships (Ninth Place). 

2005 – Front Range Tour vs. Brazil…Pan American Cup…World Grand Prix…FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament(Gold Medal)…NORCECA Continental Championships (Gold Medal)…World Grand Champions Cup (Silver Medal).


Position: Libero
Height: 5-4/162 cm
Weight: 145 lbs/66 kg
Hometown: Stockton, Calif.
Current Residence: Newport Beach, Calif.
Birth Date: April 24, 1982
College: University of Southern California
Joined USA National Team: January 2004.

Nicole is a professional indoor volleyball player, graduating from Lincoln High School (Stockton, CA) in 2000. She helped her team to the NorCal championships in 1999 and 2000, as well as a gold medal at the Junior Olympics in 2000, with her local volleyball club, Delta Valley.

While attending and graduating from USC on a full-ride scholarship, she dominated the libero position (a defensive specialist who can substitute freely in the back row) in both her junior and senior seasons, leading USC to two consecutive NCAA National Championships, including an undefeated season. Following her collegiate career, she was invited to join the USA Women’s National Team. Internationally she has won two NORCECA Continental Championships in 2005 and 2011. Davis was also a part of all three World Grand Prix Gold Medal teams, winning back-to-back-to-back championships in 2010, 2011 & 2012, entering the record books as one of only two countries in the history of the tournament to win three-in-a-row. Other international highlights include podium finishes in 2007 and 2011 at the World Cup, earning Olympic births with both efforts. Nicole made her Olympic debut in 2008 in Beijing, winning a silver medal. You saw her wearing her number 6 jersey on television, while the USA team won another silver medal in London Olympic games in 2012. Most recently, she and her team made history winning the 2014 World Championships for the first time. 

Nicole has also played professionally in 8 different countries, including Poland, Turkey, China, Azerbaijan, Italy, Germany, Romania and currently in France. Nicole continues to play and train with the USA National Team, and hopes to make a third Olympic roster for Rio in 2016, and is still chasing an allusive gold medal for the program. 

Her happiest moments in sports include, winning back-to-back National Championships at USC, taking part in the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games, and representing our country on the USA Team.

#36 A 2x Olympian & FSN/NBC Broadcaster Dumb Enough Not To Quit with Kevin BARNETT

#36 A 2x Olympian & FSN/NBC Broadcaster Dumb Enough Not To Quit with Kevin BARNETT

Athlete Case Study: Former Member of the Men’s USA National Volleyball Team,
2x Olympian & Professional Broadcaster


April 13, 2015

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On today’s episode, we will be talking with one of my so called mentors, even though he may not have been aware of that, many things he did in the sport of volleyball, I shadowed and mimicked throughout my career to get better and create my own game. I’ve also always been inspired by the person he is and his character has encouraged me to be someone who speaks up. Today we will discuss the importance of having the will to show up no matter what and to keep going at it, and we need to give the best we have in that moment, and although we may not always be 100%, we need to give 100% of whatever we have on that day.


  • Born, Kevin Rees BARNETT, from Lockport, Illinois on May 14, 1974.

  • Resided in Southern California in 2006 with wife and twin sons

  • There were no volleyball teams at the schools until his junior year of high school, Kevin didn’t join the squad until senior year

  • Took one year off of school and just trained for volleyball and worked at the Cheesecake Factory

  • Played at Pierce Junior College for two years, transferred and played two years at Pepperdine University

  • Played on the USA National Team for 9 years after making the team in 1997; 2x MVP for USA, USA National Team Athlete of the year

  • Kevin is a two-time United States Olympian turned professional broadcaster; specializing in ball and motorsports, Kevin has covered a variety of broadcast roles since 2006. Over the past three years his primary focus has been Play by Play and Studio Host. This type of work includes: Volleyball / Basketball / Football and Racing.

  • He can be seen regularly on NBC / PAC 12 Network / Fox Sports West / ESPNU and elsewhere throughout the television universe.

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“Get busy livin' or get busy dyin”
- Red  (Shawshank Redemption)

Ken Stanley; Junior College Coach, good man and great coach
Marv Dunphy; contributed to making me into a better person


Key Discussion Points:

  • When was one of your biggest struggles and what did you learn from it?

  • How did you bounce back from being on the bench and injuries?

  • When was your lightbulb moment?

  • When was one of your proudest moments in life so far?

  • What was your plan to be successful in life, other than just your sport?

Key Lessons:

  • The key is to just keep showing up no matter what and never giving up

“ I’m just dumb enough not quit...there’s no genius to doing what we do, its just a willingness to show up every week no matter what happens.” KB @ 17:03

  • Its important to learn how to deal with structures of a team, and be in the good graces of your coaches

“They knew I would show up every single day in practice, and would give everything I had that didn’t matter what had happened before, it didn’t matter what happened after, it didn’t matter how practice went..if practice started poorly for me its not like I’d quit..” KB @ 17:48

  • Give the best that you have at that moment and over time you will acquire skills

  • Its important to pay attention to others and learn from them

  • There can be great satisfaction with the team effort even after a tough loss

“..disappointed that we hadn’t won but very satisfied and very happy with the whole experience..I was satisfied with the play of the team and the way we had performed and fought and done our best.” KB @ 25:22

  • The key is to just keep showing up no matter what and never giving up

  • Strive to finish satisfied with what you’ve done

  • Don’t put EVERYTHING into getting the medal, embrace the actual experience of competing at the highest level

  • The big things you want won’t happen unless you put all of your eggs in that one basket

“...‘don’t put all your eggs in one basket’....well you better or you’re not gonna make it….you’re not gonna get in a National Team gym, you’re not gonna get in a professional league, you’re not gonna get yourself on a roster..its just not gonna happen unless you’re all in.” KB @ 30:50

  • Don’t be discouraged by failures

“You can’t let failing at something then discourage you from trying something else.” KB @ 37:16

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What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“You gotta be early to be on time.” -Ken Stanley

What personal habit do you believe contributed most to your success?
Blind Stupidity

What is the one thing you would like to improve about yourself?
I would to not get so aggravated with stuff so quickly

One resource you use to improve yourself as a person?
People around you that tell you the truth and don’t be afraid of it

Knowing everything you know now with the same resources you had starting out and the new ones you have now (Beyond Athletic Podcasts, ESS, etc.), if you had a do-over what would you have done differently to reach success?
Following someone that you respect that you think is doing right that you view is successful and forge a relationship with them.

A book or learning resource you love to use?
Sacred Hoops by Phil Jackson

What is a tool/habit you love to use to stay healthy?

Going to the gym 4-5 days a week. Riding Motocross

A useful tool or tip for eating on the go -OR- for traveling in general?

Isagenix/Try and avoid eating in airports. / Always treat yourself to a good meal on the road. It's already no fun to be traveling a long distance. Good food makes it more enjoyable.

What's a cause or thing/action you like to do to add value to other peoples lives that you either know or don't know at all?

My kids! That's where my time goes.


Broadcaster for the Pac-12 Networks and FOX Sports
TheNetLive Podcast/Show Host

Past/Current Teams:
Pierce College Men’s Volleyball
Pepperdine Men’s Volleyball
USA Men’s National Volleyball Team

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Pieces of Wisdom
“You’ve gotta be comfortable with yourself and know that you’ve done
right by yourself.” -KB

“Don’t say you want it and not be willing to put out the effort to get the thing and then be disappointed when you didn’t get it.” -KB

Definition of Being An Athlete?

"..its just another person, its like famous people, the more you meet famous people realize they’re just people too and when it comes to the role model aspect of gotta pick the right role model, not just the one who’s the glossiest" -KB




#29 See Yourself As Exceptional (Not Ordinary) with Norisha CAMPBELL

#29 See Yourself As Exceptional (Not Ordinary) with Norisha CAMPBELL


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On today’s show we will talk about Norisha CAMPBELL’S duties not only as a mother, but also as a professional athlete and a very talented singer. She competed in one of the biggest singing competitions in Germany. Having these talents has given her energy throughout her life and they allow her to pursue EVERYTHING she is passionate about. We’ll talk about how she balances each of these aspects in her life.


  • Born, Norisha CAMPBELL in California, USA, on September 21, 1980.

  • Norisha grew up in a single parent home of five kids, two brothers and two sisters. She was born in California, but grew up in Florida, later moved to Texas. Was introduced to volleyball in the 7th grade.

  • Has a nine year old daughter, Aniya, who sings and plays tennis.

  • Norisha has been living in Germany since 2002.

  • Graduated from Florida State University where she played as a Middle Blocker

  • Received NCAA All-American honorable mention. Was on the USA Women’s National Team from 1999-2002, and then again in 2007-08. Best finish as a pro player was fifth place in the Champions League with VBC Volero Zurich. Was on “The VOICE of Germany” in 2013 and made it to the “show down.” She is also currently a singer in Germany performing live at various events.



“That I am surrounded by wonderful friends, I have such a great family, I’m blessed with my daughter, I’m grateful that I have health.” -Norisha Campbell


"Your destiny is not determined by what others think and say about you. It is determined by  what you think, say and do. Anything is possible when you believe that you are exceptional and not average” - Norisha Campbell


Her mother: “My mother was strong and she’s also Christian and spiritual...and she always taught me to go beyond average and to never limit myself.” -Norisha Campbell

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Key Discussion Points:


  • When was one of your biggest struggles?

  • How were you able to humble yourself?

  • As someone who was the first person IN and first person OUT of the gym, what was it that you were doing during those time slots?

  • When was a time that you took a risk, and you failed? How did you move forward?

  • When was a light bulb moment in your career?

  • When was one of your proudest moments so far in life?

  • What has you most excited these days? (hobbies, projects, goals, etc.)

Key Lessons:

  • Prepare yourself for opportunities that may come your way, and when they do use them wisely

“I went to practice everyday, I worked my butt off, I never complained, I was the first one to be in the gym and the last one to leave the gym because I wanted to work hard to earn my spot.” NC @ 10:50

  • Always look ahead when you feel yourself in a difficult situation

  • Humble yourself and always encourage others instead of complaining or being negative

  • Always work on your weaknesses

“When I stayed after practice, I worked on my weaknesses, on my weak points, like my serving was my weak point and my blocking was my weak point….I gave myself a GOAL.” NC @ 12:59

  • ONE mistake, ONE point, never loses a whole game or match, EVERYBODY makes mistakes

  • Average athletes give just enough, Exceptional Athletes give beyond what is required

  • When it feels like you have nothing left to give, and you push a bit more, that is when you have given 100%

“That’s when you improve, when you feel like you can’t give but you push anyways, THEN you have given that 100%.” NC @ 20:54

  • Having multiple passions doesn’t mean that you can only pursue one

  • As an athlete, whether you like it or not, you will always have eyes on you, and many will look up to you as a hero

  • As much as we love our sports, it’s important to have something to fall back on when our career is over

  • Living abroad gives you the opportunity to see the world from a different perspective, learn the different cultures, different languages, and overall a different way of life than you are used to, as well as the opportunity to GROW UP

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Norisha’s TIP JAR

What is the best advice that you have ever received?
If opportunity doesn’t knock, then you I should build a door, sometime you have to create an opportunity, go out and make it happen.

How do you adjust to a new team/arena?
I look around and explore the gym, get a feel for the environment, I take myself away from everything and everyone, meditate through prayer, and then visualize how I want the game to turn out.

What personal habit do you believe has contributed most to your success until now?
If I start something I’m determined to finish it.

Sleep & Morning ritual:
I try to get at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep. Normally I wake up at 7 to get my daughter ready for school. When I wake up, I go to my kitchen, and I look and stare in the fridge. I try to have at least an hour to myself.

Give a tool/habit you love to use to stay healthy:
I educate myself on health by reading books. I work out and train on a daily basis. 

A useful tool or tip for eating on the go -OR- for traveling in general?
I eat to be healthy. Try to pack a healthy snack such as nuts and fruits. I find it more convenient to pack a healthy snack or lunch. Try to avoid fast food.

How would you like to improve yourself as a person?
I always try to be a better friend, mother, and athlete.

What book would you give away and why?
I would give away “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy, It teaches you how to put your life together, and taking tiny steps.

With the resources you have now that you didn’t have before, if you had a do-over, what would you do differently to set yourself up for success?
I would have looked for a mentor, and maybe a hero, and I would have followed that person. I also would have read a bit more.



Charity/Organizations/Action they take to Add Value:
Volunteer work with little kids in schools. She also visits the elderly who may be alone that living in her apartment building, taking the time to talk and listen to them. “Sometimes time is the best thing you can give.” -NC

Professional Volleyball Player
Singer in Germany, performs at big events

Past/Current Teams:
Current- Rote Raben Vilsbiburg, Germany
Past-  Barcelona, Spain; VBC Volero Zurich (Switzerland)


Recommended Books:
The Bible
The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy
The Dream Manager” by Matthew Kelly

California, USA,
Florida State University
NCAA All-American
USA Women’s National Team
VBC Volero Zurich
The VOICE of Germany
Rote Raben Vilsbiburg


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Definition of An Athlete?

"A person that not only plays their sport as a living, but because they enjoy it and its a passion that they have and the same lessons that they learn on the court they use off the court. A role model and a leader, on an off the court." -Norisha Campbell

Pieces of Wisdom

“Take the gifts and the dreams that you have a live them out, we only get one life, we don't get another opportunity after this..JUST GO FOR IT.”-NC






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15 | How Penn St. Dominated The NCAA 4X In A Row with Arielle WILSON

#15 How Penn St. Dominated The NCAA 4X In A Row with Arielle WILSON

Athlete Case Study: USA 4x NCAA Champion, Pro & Recent National Team Volleyball Player 

Dec 20, 2014

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I had to have Arie on because she's a selfless soul that gives and gives and gives... Reminds me of another midwesterner and my "adopted" sister Therese Crawford of Team USA too. My point is that the midwest produces some of the friendliest people in the USA. I had to present her to others so they can learn from a truly humble champion and hear where she came from to understand why that is such a huge thing!

Arie and I go back because: 

A; We both grew up in Chicago. She grew up in the suburb next to my super safe and super clean and super enriching neighborhood.. haha. No, really. I have so much respect for anyone that makes it out of the rough areas of big cities because the odd are COMPLETELY against it.
B: She's a baddass volleyball player and is a middle which was my first position.
C: We both played for Team USA national team...
D. We both played in Indonesia together...


Born, Arielle Dwan WILSON, from Maywood, IL on January 3rd, 1989.

She is an only child but has two half-sisters she's close to still.

Went to Proviso East high school known for the production of basketball players.

Was the first volleyball player to get her jersey retired. Attended Penn State, where she started as a freshman and won four NCAA National Championships.

After college she begin her overseas career in Poland (Impel Wroclaw - Champion;s League Team) where she won MVP for a tournament and then spent 2 years in Baku, Azerbaijan, a short stint in Indonesia and now playing in Italy for Nordmecchanica Piacenza in Champion's League.

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Her life and being able to play the sport she loves aborad.


Everything happens for a reason. -Anon.



Key Discussion Points:

  • What’s her story and how she got into sports?
  • When did she have a big failure?
  • What was it like being on a 4x championship team?
  • Why did she choose her pro teams?
  • What is she most excited about?

Key Lessons:

  • Sometimes you just got to be present...

"I’m just here to play…"

  • Being on a dominant team takes heart & passion/ & The Struggle!
  • Focusing on the moment is most important
  • Find a way to just get it done is how to succeed...
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What was holding her back from becoming better?
Fear of 

How She gets rid of negative thoughts:

Sleep & Morning ritual: 

How does she adjust to a new city and/or team?

Recommended App:

Name THE person you feel has been MOST influential in your life to reach higher and be better?
My boyfriend Terrill

A learning resource you love to use...
I love being in Cali with the USA national team

Give a tool/habit you love to use to stay healthy:
Overseas i find that i eat healthier and I also use my family to motivate me to continue to be healthy

A useful tool or tip for eating on the go -OR- for traveling in general?
Grab a piece of fruit. It has been the most healthiest and helpful tip I can think of 

Most Grateful For:

Key Person In Her Life:


Charity/Organizations They Add Value to:
I give or help with camps at the local high schools and volunteer with colleges to also make sure I'm spreading knowledge

Pro Volleyball

Past/Current Teams: 
Nordmechanica Piacenza (ITALY)

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