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Business lessons from Kobe Bryant

April 22, 2016

Well Kobe has retired! I was a die hard fan of the Lakers for a long time especially since I played basketball. Kobe was one of my all time favorites. I learned so many lessons from him that you can apply to business and life. Here are a few…………..

If you don’t have haters you aren’t doing much – Everyone has to have haters. If you don’t then you aren’t doing enough things to make an impact. Everyone is not going to love you or even like you. Kobe had so many haters….goodness.  Jealousy is a form of hate too. People will be jealous of you because you are just that good….hating jealousy whatever you call it make sure you have some of that if not do more.

Have great work ethic – People think that you can work on your craft for 3 hrs a day and be done…that won’t work. Do you know many sleepless nights I get working on my business. If I get 5 hrs that’s good most nights I get 3 hrs because I work……If I don’t work hard now I won’t be able to sit and relax later. My motto is  that I won’t stop working until my bank account goes ding ding while I sleep.

“Even after winning his first three NBA championships Kobe was relentless in his preparation. There is of course the legendary tale of Kobe’s exploits after a painful loss to the Miami Heat. Kobe went in to the locker room to change and then without talking to reporters went back out to shoot baskets for 30 more minutes.”

You must have confidence – It’s the key to unlocking everything. If you aren’t confident in your business then you can be swayed by anything anyone tells you. I had someone tell me I can’t take great photos….baby…yes I can and I am confident in the fact that I take great photos so I was able to laugh that off. Have confidence in your business and in life it sets the tone for how people will view you. If you have confidence you can sell anything. I know someone who just started their business a month ago….she had no former training, she has no degree, she just became confident in what she did and she was able to score a huge contract based off of her confidence. Without confidence you’ve already lost the race before they even say go.

Focus on the basics of your craft – The simplest things to learn are usually the core to learning everything. If you can master basic cooking skills you can cook anything. You don’t need a cookbook you don’t need someone telling you what to do. The key is to master the basics….when I say master you need to know simple tasks that others might think looks crazy. For example if you are a cook you should know how to season…it’s a simple task to many but so may of us can’t season the right way and it throws the entire meal off if not done right. Seasoning is so basic but it needs to be mastered. So many of us want to add so much to the things we can’t even master the basic on a simple level.

Make room to learn more – No one knows everything. Which is why we must keep learning and growing…one step at a time. If you know how to take photos great now make room to learn how to do more with your camera. Always learn and always be willing to learn. So many people don’t grow because they think they know everything……be teachable or you will always be stuck and sometimes you may even lose your business.

What I loved about Kobe is that he built his way to the top and even though he had to go through mess in the middle (the Colorado thing) he still built his way back up. Which means that problems will arise in life and in business that you can’t control and you can’t let it knock you down. Get the right people in your corner and fight your way back. No one remembers the quitter they remember the person who kept getting knocked down and making their way back up.

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Business lessons from Kobe Bryant

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    Alli Smith
    April 25, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Confidence is certainly one key to success! I’ve always admired Kobe Bryant. My son has a collection of Hallmark Christmas ornaments of the best NBA players and his fave is Kobe.

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    Sarah Bailey
    April 25, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    These are some great lessons – I have to admit I lack confidence that is something I really need to work on. x

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    Robin Masshole Mommy
    April 25, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    These are all super important lessons. Having confidence will take you far in life.

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    April 25, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Those are all great lessons from Kobe. I think the lesson to always learn new things is important. Business is always changing no matter what field you are in.

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    Liz Mays
    April 25, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    These are some really good points. Kobe has had an incredible career. He’s inspired many people!

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    April 26, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Wonderful lessons! I love Kobe he was a huge inspiration when I was a teen and I was really into him and sports! he’s great…

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    April 26, 2016 at 1:35 am

    What a great idea for a post! Great lessons to be learned from an admirable guy.

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    Bonnie @wemake7
    April 26, 2016 at 1:43 am

    These are really great business lessons. I can learn a lot from Kobe.

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    April 26, 2016 at 3:32 am

    Not a huge fan of Kobe but some good business tips.

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    Bella B (xoxoBella)
    April 26, 2016 at 4:21 am

    It is always wonderful when sports stars are such great role models and such an inspiration.

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    Franc Ramon
    April 26, 2016 at 8:10 am

    If you have Kobe’s passion and work ethic, you would really be successful. There’s always room to be better.

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    Nikka Shae
    April 26, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Great lessons to live by! Having confidence will have you chasing greatness!!

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    April 26, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    This is such a great post, confidence is always key! I really like Kobe Bryant, will miss seeing him on the court.

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    Up Run For Life
    April 26, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    These are excellent points. I think it is important to keep learning and evolving. Plus, I learned a few years ago that you have to take a risk if you want something bad enough too.

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    Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen
    April 26, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Those are such great business tips! And all taken from Kobe! I think having great work ethics is super important.

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    April 27, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Can’t believe he’s retired now, great lessons not only for your business for for everything in life. Confidence makes a big difference

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    Jennifer Tammy
    May 1, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Some great take-aways here. I completely agree with the confidence and working hard – if you show a lack of confidence, people worry what they don’t know. It can undermine trust people already have in your work, too. But I definitely think getting enough sleep is key to success.

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    Yum Yucky
    May 3, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I’m not a huge Kobe fan, but this is good stuff.

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    Chris Thompson
    May 13, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Great post! I am a fan of Kobe so one of the best things I learned from him was to let your work speak for itself. Keep up the good work and I wish you all the best.-Chris Thompson

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