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The Heart of a Champion

Image of basketball with title The Heart of a Champion

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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Your Company and Your Boss are Wrong About You

wrong!You feel it – deep down inside yourself. You know you’re better than this. You know you could do so much more. You know you could contribute.

You have the talent. You have the intelligence. You have the desire to grow. You have the work ethic. You have everything you need – except the opportunity.

You’re frustrated.
Your boss doesn’t see it. Neither does your boss’ boss. Nobody in the company sees it – at least not anybody who has the authority to put you in a place where you could shine.

Well … you know what?

Your boss is wrong about you.

Your boss’ boss is wrong about you.

Your company is wrong about you.

But they will never see it.
You’ll never convince them. You could save the company from complete disaster and they wouldn’t notice.

Because they’re human. Because they’re too busy to notice. Because they don’t care. Because they’ve picked their favorites. Because they have their own prejudices. Because they have their head up their … well you know.

So what can you do?
Just accept it? A lot of people do.

But not you.

You can’t accept it any longer. It makes you sick to your stomach.

The flame inside you is burning too hot. You can’t stand it anymore.

You won’t let anyone or anything hold you back. You will go for it. You will live life on your own terms. You will be a BIGG success!

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Why are Soft Skills So Important?

By Bigg Success Staff

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You’re probably familiar with this saying. You may have even heard it, or uttered it, yourself.

“He (she) was hired for hard skills, but got fired for lack of soft skills.”

Hard skills, the technical ability and knowledge to perform a particular job, are certainly important. But it’s amazing how much the paradigm has shifted in the last decade or so.

Soft skills are in demand

Companies are placing more emphasis on soft skills – things like self-discipline, work ethic, attitude, people skills, communication skills, and the like. They have realized that they can train people in the skills essential to the trade.

Universities are also jumping on board, with many now starting to offer some sort of soft skill training as part of a MBA. They’re responding to their corporate partners, who have been telling them that their graduates are technically proficient but often lacking in personal leadership skills.

What can’t be taught

So hard skills can be taught relatively easily. Soft skills, on the other hand, are tough to teach because it takes a certain level of soft skills to learn more soft skills!

An individual has to have a strong desire to learn the best way to deal with others. There has to be an acceptance that there may be a better way. The discipline to put the skills learned into practice, and not revert to old patterns, must also be present.

So if you want to set yourself apart, work on developing your soft skills at least as much as you work on your hard skills.

How do you learn?

It’s about personal leadership. One essential soft skill is learning how you learn best. Then use another soft skill – take action – and find an environment that allows that to happen. It may be a formal or informal place. It doesn’t matter, as long as you learn!

These soft skills help you professionally, but they also help you personally. The more you develop these skills, the more productive you will become. You’ll see significant changes in your relationships at work and at home.

How to start or refresh yourself

Want a great way to start or refresh yourself on basic soft skills? Read (or re-read) Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. If you learn better by listening, get it in audio form.

Find a friend, mentor, or coach who has also read the book (or reads it at the same time). Discuss the lessons you’ve learned. Synergize, as Covey would say!

There are so many great resources to learn these essential skills. Tap into them regularly. There’s one we particularly recommend … okay, you guessed it – you’re there now!

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25 Things to Do to Move Up in Your Career

By Bigg Success Staff

Career Builders


Here’s a starter’s list of things that will help insure that you advance within your organization.

Standing out
#1 – Take on projects. They build your resume.

#2 – Do something spectacular thirty days or less before your next review.

#3 – Look for solutions, not problems.

#4 – Become a resource for the people with whom you work.

#5 – Do the things no one else wants to do.

Getting promoted

#6 – Look to people in senior positions as models for your career path.

#7 – Constantly be on the lookout for your next opportunity.

#8 – Set your own timetable for your next promotion.

#9 – Help your boss get promoted. That opens up the position for you.

#10 – Develop relationships across the company.

Personal traits

#11 – Be likeable.

#12 – To get respect, show respect.

#13 – Laugh at yourself.

#14 – Develop a service mentality. Serve yourself by serving others.

#15 – Laugh at yourself. Master the art of self-deprecating humor.


#16 – Tell your co-workers when they do something extraordinary.

#17 – See the good in your boss and your company.

#18 – Associate with co-workers who are positive.

#19 – Don’t be a know-it-all.

#20 – Don’t gossip about your co-workers.

Work ethic

#21 – Love your job or do something about it.

#22 – Be a leader, even if you don’t have a leadership position. Lead by example.

#23 – Don’t be a “prima donna” … roll up your sleeves and do what needs to be done.

#24 – Make commitments and stick to them.

#25 – Get to work 15 minutes early. Stay 15 minutes late.

What have you done to move up in your career? Share your tips with all of us by leaving a Comment below!

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