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Three Lessons Kobe Bryant Taught Us About Success

The tragic passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant has shaken the world to its core. I’ll admit, I’m not much of a basketball fan. I can’t say I’ve ever watched a basketball game in its entirety, and I certainly can’t rattle off his accomplishments. Still, the name “Kobe Bryant” has been a part of my consciousness since my childhood because my older brother was obsessed with basketball and I felt intense sadness when I heard the news. He lived an incredible life and inspired millions. Here are what I think are the most valuable lessons the legend taught us: Success Requires Complete Submission This weekend, I watched the “Dear Basketball” short video for the first time, and it broke me open. The poem, which details Bryant’s love affair with basketball, reminded me that success in any given pursuit requires absolute submission to the goal. You can only submit entirely to something you love fiercely. In “Dear Basketball,” he says about the game: “I fell in love with you. A love so deep I...

Colleen Williams

Jan 31, 2020

Kobe Bryant, The Basketball Legend and Venture Capitalist

Kobe Bryant was a basketball legend. In his 20-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, he won five championships, was an All-Star 18 times, and was selected to be on the All-NBA team 15 times. On Sunday, he — along with eight people — died in a helicopter crash. His 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, was one of the victims. While Bryant was best-known for his career on the court, many are unaware of his deep involvement in the tech scene in LA. He was an active entrepreneur who found a talent in “ storytelling for brands ” — Bryant said, while talking investments with USA TODAY. He began his VC career before he retired from basketball as the co-founder of Bryant Stibel & Co. According to their website: “Bryant Stibel was founded in 2013 to provide strategy, capital, and operational support to businesses with a focus across technology, media, and data.” Here are some of the legend’s off-court successes: ringDNA ringDNA is a “sales engagement platform that helps businesses...

Colleen Williams

Jan 28, 2020