Gabby Douglas on Believing in Yourself

When 20-year-old Gabby Douglas isn’t busy training for her second Olympics, she’s riding roller coasters and watching movies. She is the first African-American woman to win the individual all-around gold and team events. SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis and Douglas discuss the importance of breaking down big goals, focusing on incremental gains and maintaining a belief mindset.

This interview appears on the SUCCESS Talks Collection September 2016 edition.



  • Why you need to set future goals while achieving your current goals. Always push higher to avoid plateauing.
  • Douglas’ gymnastic career began with a single cartwheel. Be open to opportunities where you least expect them.
  • When you feel tempted to give up, reach out to your support system. Surround yourself with people you trust.
  • Why it’s vital to find someone who inspires you and look to them for motivation and strength.


Favorite Quote From This Episode: 

“Confidence and being aggressive is key, because in gymnastics you cannot take it for granted.  You have to go 100 percent every single time.”


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