What Stephen Curry Can Teach Us About Creating Successful Habits

Cathryn Lavery
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5 min readAug 10, 2015


Stephen Curry was told his whole life that he would never make it to the NBA. He wasn’t tall enough. He wasn’t strong enough. He would be crushed by his competition.

As a high school sophomore, Stephen was a mere 125 pounds and only 5’ 6″ with a baby face. When he graduated high school, he had no offers for college basketball. He was the epitome of an underdog.

Cut to now, 2015, Stephen Curry won the NBA Championships with the Golden State Warriors and was crowned Most Valuable Player.

So how did he do it? How did he rise up through the ranks to prove everyone wrong by going from playing at a small liberal arts college, to the NBA, with the world and even his genetics seemingly against him?

Alan Stein, highly esteemed strength and conditioning basketball coach, shares his experience of working with Stephen Curry before anyone knew his name.

“Several years ago I had the honor of working the first ever Kobe Bryant Nike Skills Academy. Nike invited the top 20 high school shooting guards and the top 10 college shooting guards in the country to this camp with Kobe, and it’s kinda funny now that I look back on it, how many of those players are now household names in the NBA.

The least recognised player there was