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09/25/2013 08:28 am ET Updated Sep 25, 2013

Diana Nyad Talks Success: 'I Want To Be That Kind Of Person -- Fierce, Fearless'

"I want to be that kind of person: fierce, fearless and live it large," Diana Nyad explained during a Sept. 24 segment on HuffPost Live.

Given the fact that the 64-year-old swimmer became the first confirmed person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage this year, we're pretty sure she's living both a fierce and fearless life already.

She also explained her definition of success to host Josh Zepps, which was inspired by a Henry David Thoreau quote someone send her after she completed her historic swim:

When you achieve your goals, it's not so much what you get for them ... You get some compensation, you get some pats on the back, you get your name printed somewhere. It's more who you become. What did it take? Who did I have to be to do this swim? And I had to be a person who would not give up no matter how crushing the disappointments were along the way.

Click over to HuffPost Live to watch the full segment.

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