Who loves a little side-hustle when it involves your passion AND your purpose? Me too! Almost four months ago, I revealed on a previous episode of the podcast a new side-hustle as GM for an arena football team called San Diego Strike Force (Indoor Football League)(Ep. #223). Well, today my guest on the IMPACT Show podcast is the President, CEO, and owner of the team, Vivi Lin.
Besides being the first female minority to solely own a professional football team in the U.S., Vivi has one heckuva story. Here are some of the things we discuss in the episode:
- How Vivi got me to accept the job of GM for her team.
- Vivi’s mindset after being told by her father for years that she was worthless and would never be successful.
- The mental shift after being kidnapped and abandoned in Mexico.
- Why own a pro sports team?
- Vivi’s five big principles in life.
- Vivi’s advice for father’s with young daughters.
- Leadership via innovation, technology, connection, and content creation.
- How I.M.P.A.C.T. & S.O.U.P. will guide the culture and success of the San Diego Strike Force this season.
- Vivi’s big dreams and aspirations for the future.
Today’s episode is going to pull at your heartstrings and is going to inspire you to DO GREAT THINGS, regardless of any roadblocks standing in your way. To hear this strong, loving, faith-filled woman talk about her life and how she knew she was fashioned and created for more than her circumstances, is nothing less than inspiring. And you will understand how I couldn’t say no to her when she ‘came a knocking’ with my new side hustle and an opportunity to create some BIG IMPACT.
This episode will inspire you to do more, be more, listen to the whispers you hear, lean into your faith, and it will ignite your soul. I promise you that. And if it indeed does that, please share today’s episode on your social media and make sure you are subscribed so you don’t miss a single episode. You can tag me at:
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(2:10) Welcome Vivi Lin to the Todd Durkin IMPACT SHOW.
(3:50) How Todd & Vivi met and she “pressured him to join the San Diego Strike Force team.
(4:57) Having a foundation of personal responsibility for who we are.
(9:52) Parents are immigrants and the cultural challenges they faced as a family and within their family.
(14:23) Vivi’s mindset after being told by her father for years that she was worthless and would not be successful.
(17:25) The mental shift after being kidnapped, assaulted and abandoned in Mexico.
(24:20) Choosing to make change in her community through SD Strike Force, developing young lives, and making the team veteran and locally owned.
(27:54) Leadership via innovation, technology, connection, and content creation.
(31:46) Vivi’s five Principles: Productive conflict; Choose to live a life of forgiveness; Freedom is not free; Unified & not divide; The hard truth.
(44:42) Never miss a great opportunity to shut up.
(47:23) Vivi’s advice for father’s with young daughters.
(49:04) What Vivi would tell her father today, despite all he has put her through.
(50:26) The meaning behind the San Diego Strike Force “S.O.U.P.” acronym of Selfless service, Ownership, Unity, Purpose.
(53:00) Vision for the season and the differences to expect in the Indoor Football League (IFL).
(57:49) How to get the San Diego Strike Force involved and how to be involved with them and the IFL.
(1:02:04) Vivi’s big dreams and the Strike Force Foundation.
More about Vivi Lin:
Vivi is the first Asian American woman to solely own a professional football team, the San Diego Strike Force, IFL. As a leader, Vivi facilitates an effective, unified team effort between the franchise’s competitive sports team driven to win on the field and passionate to connect with and serve the San Diego community through its youth programs and business goals. On the field, Strike Force football is a contact sport between players; off the field, it involves meaningful contact with our community.
Through innovation and digital transformation culture, Vivi optimizes the impact of the sports franchises and athletes through lifestyle relevant programming, content and technology-based platforms. She also develops the speaker and community engagement programs that support professional athletes in their active & post athletic careers.
Vivi also volunteers as Director of Corporate Partnerships and co-Chair of Programming for the Asian American Journalist Association, Sports Task Force affiliate group supporting digital transformation training and cognitive diversity within sports media organizations.
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