We had the good fortune of connecting with Gia Trevisan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gia, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
The way I think about risk is that, without risk there won’t be a reward. This sounds a bit intense, but in reality risk can come in many forms. Risk isn’t only monetary. When we risk something it can be an emotional risk, a risk of feeling uncomfortable, or a risk of trusting ourselves. Throughout my life, 90% of the time that I took a risk, I was rewarded. Now, was I rewarded with exactly what I wanted, not always. If I wasn’t rewarded with what I wanted, then some might ask, then how was the risk worth it? In my eyes, I see that the risk was worth it because I gave myself a chance, rather than asking myself, “What if?” I believe that, even sometimes when we 100% believe in ourselves, that is risking some of our comfortability of sitting back and seeing how things play out. But life isn’t meant to be lived without intention, and without application. Risk taking to me is what can define the moving pieces in our life that bring us to what we are destined for. These accomplishments don’t happen by us “sitting” back or waiting to see what happens. They usually happen when we push forward, risk, fail, try again, and succeed.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I coach women virtually all over the world. I have a personal all inclusive program. My program entails programmed running workouts tailored towards specific goals, strength workouts, and nutrition. Throughout the program, we have group calls around mindset, nutrition, and training. My program is different because I emphasize the mindset portion of the program. Ultimately our mindset is what will create our self-beliefs and self-efficacy. The virtual program is really to create community, female empowerment, and lifestyle changes. Everything we do, has a compounding effect. It’s our habits, and lifestyle that make the necessary changes we want to see in our life. Is my business 100% complete? Not yet. I have goals of reaching more women, and bringing in guest specialists in on our group calls. For example, I would like to bring in a Sports Psychologist on our group calls to take us through a Visualization exercise or bring in a yoga instructor to take us through a group meditation and yoga series. This road is still being traveled, and there are highs and lows. Whenever I face obstacles, I remind myself of the bigger picture. I know that each one of us has a gift, and we can use our gifts to better those around us. There is an African philosophy called “Ubuntu.” It literally means, “I am, because you are.” Essentially, if I am doing my job, in using my gifts, being the best that I can be, then you can also be great. We are all building blocks of our community and society. These are the main lessons I have learned along the way. Being an entrepreneur is not easy, and you have to learn to be a little bit of everything. You need to be a marketer, project manager, data analyst; all of these things! My brand, and story is still being written everyday. As I mentioned earlier, the branding and building of a business is a compounding effect of the little details of everyday.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh how I love Los Angeles! There is so much inspiration in the city, and refreshing views. My favorite food spots consist of: Sweet Fin, Sweetgreen, Sycamore Kitchen, and République. Republique will give you all of the immaculate brunch vibes, as well as a fancy dinner that is a shareable meal. My favorite coffee places: Doubting Thomas (BEST MACCHIATIO!), and Woodcat Coffee (Echo Park). Woodcat Coffee has a macchiato with condensed milk that is to die for! This is a treat I like to get whenever I’m feeling like something sweet. I find inspiration in going to the museums in Los Angeles – The Broad, MOCA, and Marciano. Whenever I am feeling burned out or need a little push to keep going, art is where I fill this void. A little hidden spot that is great for photos is the Disney Hall located downtown. Outside the hall there are some stairs where you can take some great photos that have an industrial feel. There are so many areas to hang out in and just people watch, and take in all of the inspo. Abbot Kinney is a great place for the beach vibes, shopping, and good eats. Echo Park Lake is a great spot for an outdoor picnic, grabbing a coffee, or just a casual walk around the lake. One of my favorite areas to go for a run is the Silverlake Reservoir. Its 2.2 around the whole reservoir and it is a great workout. Hanging out on Melrose Ave, La Brea Ave, and Larchmont Ave are my favorite areas.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Throughout the years of doing competitive sports, I had a lot of support from my different sport coaches, and school teachers. My club soccer coach from Slammers FC located in Newport Beach, really taught me what it meant to work hard, and he really taught me that the pain you feel from working so hard at practice, is the reward. I remember him yelling at practice, “That pain that you feel after a hard run, and making another hard run, is what you want to feel. That’s what will make you feel good!” He was right, and is right. Every time I stepped on the field, and gave 100% and felt dead after the games or practice, it felt good to know that I gave everything that I had. This has stuck with me since then. It sticks with me in my workouts today. Another major component to my mindset, and growth is my college track coach. She really taught me what a growth mindset is. She helped me progress and learn so much about the sport of track and field. From her teachings, I learned that the talents we have, and even the ones we might not necessarily naturally possess, can all be developed with dedication, consistency, and persistence. I believe that someone’s success is not necessarily won by a single person. There is an entire village behind someone’s success. Along the way, we all need help, we all need guidance, and we all need accountability.