I was doing some final edits on this month’s article when my cell phone beeped the ESPN music. Distracted, I picked up the phone to read that basketball great Kobe Bryant had just died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others. Full disclosure, I’m not much of a pro basketball fan, but I am a huge admirer of elite athletes. And Kobe Bryant was on a level above elite.
There have been many top competitors in all sports that had record breaking seasons or a few years of greatness. Kobe Bryant was amazing for decades and played at an elite level up to and including his final game. What made him so different? And why do I even bring it up here?
Some of you may have a “superstar” selling for you. But, are they really? Can they perform month after month? Most importantly, a quality of world class athletes, do they make the team better by being part of it? Kobe certainly did that and much more. Granted, he was a rare talent that comes along once in a generation, but what he has in common with other successful people is what this is about.
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