We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsey Napela Berg and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lindsey Napela, how do you think about risk?
To grow and achieve risk is always going to be involved. Growing up in Hawaii, anything that had to do with leaving the state seemed like a risk, especially when I was young. I have always been passionate about what I do, no matter what part of my life it is/was. As I continued to excel in volleyball and receive scholarship offers, I had to make the big decision of where to go to college and continue my volleyball and education journey. I could have stayed home in Hawaii and been comfortable and a hometown hero. I could have gone to the West Coast to an established program where I always thought I would end up, UCLA, Stanford, USC, etc, and win a National Championship. But instead I decided to make a very risky and uncomfortable decision to attend the University of Minnesota to be a part of something bigger. Grow the program. Risk is a complicated word, and everyone has a different opinion about what is risky and what is not. In my world it was a risk for me to go to the freezing cold, play for a program that was not that established yet and make sure I enjoyed my experience and benefited from it. As it turns out taking the risk turned into a very monumental moment for my volleyball journey and personal growth. I blossomed as a player and grew as a person. From there I went on to play in 3 Olympics, win 2-silver medals and play professionally overseas for 8 years.

Post volleyball I decided to lead an entrepreneurial life. My first risk was to invest in a start up gym Unbreakable Performance, located above Pink Taco on Sunset. I knew that I always wanted to be a business owner and not work for an owner in what ever I decided to do post volleyball. Taking that risk gave me the opportunity to still feel involved with a team, continue to have a place to stay healthy, and navigate the mean streets of LA through the different people I met that stepped in my gym. It was risky for many reasons. I put in my own money, how much did I really know about the gym business, the question of if the gym would be successful, I can go on and on. So far, after 7 years we are still around, we have built an incredible brand, I have been able to shake hands with many incredible people that inspire me daily and I see so much more in our future.

Along with the gym I have always been very interested in real estate. I have taken risks in up and coming neighborhoods and find myself falling more and more in love with the real estate market. I see myself continuing to take risks in that world as well.

So as you can see, taking risks have been a huge part pf my life. Without taking them I would not be where I am today.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As mentioned I am a 3-time Olympic Indoor Volleyball Player. 2-time Silver Medalist, retired professional athlete turned entrepreneur and investor. I am a partner at the private gym, Unbreakable Performance. I own multiple residential and commercial real estate properties. The founder of The Cuore Project, a digital content platform for young Volleyball Players to learn and be inspired by Olympians. I am so proud of all of the different industries that I was or am currently in. Each one excites me, the ups, the downs, and the potential for growth. The potential to change lives in different ways. I have learned from each step in my life. Leadership and hard work from my volleyball career has made it easier for me in the business world. One of the biggest lessons that I have learned is you just have to go for it. I struggled after my career listening to others say I needed to coach, or be in the volleyball industry. And that just wasn’t where my heart was anymore. At a certain point I switched my mindset and was ok with that and started venturing out. I haven’t looked back. I have also learned that it is not going to easy, and it’s ok if things don’t work out. Sometimes you learn the most from the journey.

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.
I love the city of Los Angeles. The possibilities are endless and there is so much to do. I personally love trying new restaurants. I love food, interior design, music and vibes. Some of my favorite spots are, Bestia, Bavel, Damian, Afuri Ramen, Sushi Time, Broken Mouth, Aloha Cafe, Jon & Vinny’s, Republique and Capo. For music and vibes, The Nice Guy, Delilah, and any other place with soulful live music. Being a fashion enthusiast, I love walking the streets to people watch and window shop. A day trip to Malibu for good eats, the beach and shopping. Don’t forget to get a couple hikes in there in between all the eating. Lastly for some art and culture, LACMA, Band of Vices, The Underground Museum, and any other pop-up or installation you can find. You can find everything in LA.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Shoutout goes to my family. When it comes to support, learning, mentorship, and love, hands down my family has touched all of those spaces. From my Dad being my volleyball coach, real estate and business mentor, and a loving dad. My mom has always been there in every step of my volleyball career making sure her baby was comfortable in any city I ended up living in, and now is my travel parter and have my favorite morning chats with her and our dog that we share, Baxter. My sister, three years senior, also a volleyball player, and now the Head Coach at University of Santa Clara, has also been the first person I call about things. Doesn’t matter, volleyball, personal, anything. She has supported me even when we were far. So many more people in my family as well, couldn’t have done it without them. Shoutout to my Ohana.

Website: www.unbreakableperformance.com www.thecuoreproject.com

Instagram: @napela @unbreakbleperformace @thecuoreproject

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindseyberg/

Twitter: napela

Facebook: Private

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Bazille Darrel Hunter

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