When your life consists of a “why not me” attitude, the sky is, in this case, literally the limit! Adam Nugent and Kate Strong are joined by Matt Griff. He is a member and manager of the Utah Jazz Dunk Team, but the list doesn’t end there. Matt is also a Guinness World Record holder, stuntman, skeleton sport coach, and both a rugby coach and player. His can-do attitude has helped him to build an impressive daredevil’s resume. Learn more about his infectious “can do” attitude and find out more about how living fearless can reap incredible rewards!
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In this podcast excerpt, Matt Griff shares how recognizing and seizing an opportunity led to him joining the Utah Jazz Dunk Team.
AN: How did you get involved in the Utah Jazz Dunk Team?
MG: That started as me randomly showing up for this tryout to watch one of my friends. I had no reason to even be there. I was hanging out with my brother in Chicago, totally hung over. A girl invited me to watch the tryouts. I sat there and I watched the scene go for two hours. And by the end they have a few new people showing up, kind of getting warmed up.
They rolled these trampolines and these mats out there, and I’d always wanted to try doing something like that. I’d seen things on TV. Growing up, there were the Bud Light Daredevils that I’d always catch on ESPN and stuff like that. And that day was the first day that I ever just kind of took an opportunity. And that opportunity was me finding out who was in charge and saying, “Hey, can I try?” And they just said, “Yeah, sign a waiver.”
And I say all the time that that day changed my life forever.
AN: So you signed the waiver. And you started running, jumped on the tramp, and started dunking street clothes. The rest is history.