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The Heart of a Champion

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Kobe Bryant had the heart of a champion. We share seven ways this helped him become one of the greatest basketball players ever.

This show is a tribute to Kobe Bryant. It’s our way of saying “Thanks” for inspiring us all to be our best self. A summary of our conversation on this BIGG Success Show podcast follows.

Zero. That’s how many points 12-year old Kobe Bryant scored at summer basketball camp.

Nothing. Not a free throw. Not a layup. Not a lucky shot that went in.

With his confidence shaken, he says he almost quit the game of basketball. At 12 – before he even became a teenager. Thankfully for all of us basketball fans, he didn’t.

And just six years later, he was the 13th pick in the NBA draft. Straight out of high school, a first-round draft pick. Truly, a rare feat.

He ended his career with 5 NBA championships, 2 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player awards, 2 scoring titles, and 2 Olympic Gold Medals.

He became one of the greatest players to ever play the game. How did he transform himself from zero, literally, to hero? He had the heart of a champion. We’ll share seven ways this helped him become one of the greatest basketball players ever.

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How a Small Town Basketball Player is Winning in Hollywood

Jesse in Carls Jr Commercial
“Mrs. Robinson” – The Jim Beam® Bourbon Burger at Carl’s Jr.®

Listen to this post! Click play to hear George, Mary-Lynn and Jesse on The BIGG Success Show Podcast. (Duration 5:10)

If you’ve watched the Carl’s Jr. commercial with Heidi Klum, you’ve seen Jesse LeBeau. The ad is a take-off of The Graduate. Jesse plays Benjamin, Dustin Hoffman’s character in the movie.

We met Jesse at a conference and loved his story – how a small town boy is turning his love of basketball into a Hollywood career.

He talked with us on our longer form podcast, Entreprenurturing™ Sessions. We shared a few clips of that interview on The BIGG Success Show today.

Here’s a summary:

  • Jesse says he’s “built like Justin Bieber.” Yet he was able to play college basketball through “pure determination and hustle.”
  • The more people told him he couldn’t do it, the more determined he was to do it. Ultimately, he turned a perceived liability into an asset.
  • After he got his degree, he headed off to Hollywood. He used basketball to break in by finding out where actors, directors and producers played. He says “basketball was kind of an equalizer.”
  • Now he’s starring in a national commercial. And we see more bright things in his future. He’s going to be a BIGG success!

You can hear our full inspiring interview with Jesse simply by signing up for a free membership in our Entreprenurturing™ Center. Join today for instant access!

Our picture with Jesse (without the burger).

George and Mary-Lynn with Jesse LeBeau

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Are You a Leader or the Leader

Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles. They three-peated – winning three championships in a row in 1991, 1992, and 1993. That hadn’t been done for about thirty years. After that run, because of the unfortunate death of his father, Michael stepped down from the game he loved.

Now Scottie was the leader of the team. The Bulls did well during the regular season, but weren’t able to win the bigg prize. In the spring of 1995, Michael announced he was coming out of retirement. The Bulls and their fans were elated. Perhaps no one was happier than Scottie.

The Bulls didn’t win the prize that year, but they were fully ready by the next season when they won the first of three more titles in a row – the repeat three-peat in 1996, 1997, and 1998.

Scottie struggled at times as the leader, as #1, but he thrived when he followed Michael’s lead. Sometimes it pays to be #2. Because after Michael returned, Scottie reached the height of his game again and became one of basketball’s all-time greats.

Know your own strengths.
You may be perfectly suited to top management, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should be #1.

Know how you complement other people on your team.
We’re talking about Michael and Scottie as if they were the whole team. The Bulls didn’t become one of the greatest teams of all time just because of these two players. It was the whole team and the coach that accomplished this great feat.

Realize that you may achieve greater success by being #2.

Scottie didn’t win any championships without Michael. Of course, Michael didn’t win any championships without Scottie, either. Being #1 doesn’t mean being the only one. They were both successful on their own, but together they achieved bigg success.

Sometimes the best way to insure your own bigg success is to work with someone who drives you to step up your game because they play at such a high level. Then the two of you both become more successful than you could ever be on your own.

Scottie was a leader, too
Scottie was a leader even when Michael was around. That’s part of the reason Michael was able to do as well as he did. Michael even commented one season that Scottie was the best player in professional basketball.

But when Michael wasn’t there, Scottie wasn’t his same old self. His demeanor was different. He didn’t seem as focused. Michael lifted some of the weight off of his shoulders so he could excel at what he did best.

So we’re not saying that you shouldn’t be a leader. It’s just that some people are better off not being the leader. 

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Our bigg quote today comes from Donald H. McGannon:

“Leadership is action, not position.”

So no matter what your number is in your organization, take action to be a leader.

Next time, we’ll discuss how to get from where you are to where you want to be. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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