What Kobe Taught Me About Startups

Let me preface this post by admitting that Kobe Bryant is one of my favorite athletes of all time. Whether you’re a fan or not, there’s no doubt that his drive to succeed in rivaled by few. That’s one reason why I listen intently when Kobe makes an observation or offers a piece of advice, especially outside of basketball.

S0 several years ago, I overheard a news story recounting how Kobe sat in on a marketing class at Boston College. Kobe has a strong interest in the startup scene, so he naturally enjoyed being able to sit in and observe one of the world’s brightest professors. When Kobe was caught reflecting about what he’s learned about the tech world, he said he noticed how successful entrepreneurs all seemed to have one quality in common; “patient persistence.”

Anyone that has attempted to start a business or worked at a startup can attest to its demanding nature, regardless of the company size. It’s difficult to predict what new and unexpected challenges each day will bring. During these roller coaster times I like to remind myself of patient persistence. There will be constant tests of patience, but those that persist through these times will be the ones that ultimately have a strong chance at success.

This term is not revolutionary; it’s probably a tweak of something you’ve heard before. For me however, words carry weight based on who said them. So when you’re having a long day dealing with a new challenge, just remember what the ultimate competitor would want to see out of you. Patient persistence.

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