Kobe Bryant! Take some time to let that name sink in.
Apart from being one of the greatest basketballers to grace the planet (a feat further established with his recent induction into the NBA Hall of Fame), Kobe was a classic example of many qualities’ worth emulating, on and off the court.
His character resonates with us as a brand, and in this piece, we shall focus on some of the similarities in our qualities that will also staple us in the Hall of Fame of recruitment agencies.
Dominance, Faithfulness, Consistency and Focus to overcome adversity.
These and many others are part of his legacy, never to be forgotten.
If you followed basketball, in the years between 1996-2016, in the 20 years Kobe played, you just have to agree he was at the top of the game, even immediately after being drafted at the age of 18.
Bryant was an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, and the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP).
This was further exemplified on the final match of another great, Michael Jordan.
March 28, 2003—Los Angeles Lakers 108, Washington Wizards 94. 55 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals.
It was Jordan’s last game at Staples Center, and it was near the end of March, so it was the farewell tour of the greatest player of all time, and there’s Kobe ripping the torch out of his hands.
The list of people who have scored at least 55 points in a game in their career is incredibly short. The list of guys who have scored 55 points while outperforming Michael Jordan is a lot shorter.
As a brand, we seek to steal the show like Kobe. We do this by aiming higher than the regular heights. We shoot for amazing results and even when we fall short, we achieve great results, as attested to by the over 250 satisfied companies under our cater.
Dominance doesn’t come easy, we know that, and that is why we keep pressing to achieve this, and each day we come in to work, this is our ultimate goal, to be the best in Nigeria, Africa, and globally.
In modern sports, staying faithful to a club/team as a player, is a pearl in the desert; difficult to come by. Clubs are ready to disburse huge sums to get the best on their side. Kobe started and ended his 20 year career with the LA Lakers, stamping his name in the history books of sports as one of the few “one club” players.
Despite high money deals, pressure from team mates moving and an injury plagued career, Kobe always made sure to deliver 101% on the court for the Lakers. He may have been tempted sometimes, but he never fell.
We are faithful to the course of solving big issues. The issues of putting great people in great jobs. Believe us, this isn’t easy! Despite the difficulties, distractions and varying socio-economic factors, we remain dogged to our guns! And just like Kobe, we will achieve legendary status!
It certainly is tough to remain at the top of a trade for 20 years. It takes effort, hard work, tenacity and great skill. All of these are nothing without consistency.
It takes consistency of purpose and aggressive work ethics to achieve the feats he did.
Michael Jordan, Kobe’s idol, said Kobe was the only person to ever approach Jordan’s work ethic. Roland Lazenby, author of “Michael Jordan: The Life” said Kobe had done that work to deserve the comparison. He says Kobe’s the only one to have done the work.”
When in high school, he used to show up to practice at 5 a.m. and leave at 7 a.m. … in high school.
Kobe played a bench-warmer to 100, multiple times when he was in high school.
In Kobe’s worst game, he still won 100-12.
Former Lakers player and head coach Byron Scott said he once found an 18-year-old Bryant shooting in a dark gym two hours before practice.
Former NBA player and Lakers teammate John Celestand once wrote that during the 1999-2000 season, Kobe broke his wrist. Celestand was excited, because he thought with Kobe injured, he could beat him to the gym in the morning, particularly because Bryant lived over 30 minutes away from the practice facility.
Instead, when he got in the next morning, “Kobe was already in a full sweat with a cast on his right arm and dribbling and shooting with his left.”
According to a Team USA trainer, Kobe once held a workout from 4:15 a.m. to 11 a.m., refusing to leave the gym until he made 800 shots.
We can keep going on and on about accounts of how he put in work, going the extra mile, and working out through injuries, but the aim of it all is to point out that hard work was synonymous to him. This was an identity, attained only through consistency.
We have a track record of putting in the work. We have an identity of consistently striving for results. The benchmark is to be prepared to take the shot and hit the target and this can only be by preparation, putting in the proverbial 10,000 hours
The chilling strike accuracy, precision and focus on target of the Black Mamba endeared Kobe Bryant to the animal and thus he imbibed the name, Mamba, with the aim of exemplifying such level of focus and accuracy in basketball and life.
Kobe’s focus helped him take control of every situation. Even when it wasn’t his fault, his problem, or his to control in the first place.
He made sure not just to take action, but also mentally own the result of everything. If the game was on the line, he wanted to shoot. He always guarded the other team’s best player. He never passed the responsibility to others if he could carry the load.
When asked how he approached obstacles, Kobe said: “Everything negative — pressure, challenges — is an opportunity for me to rise.”
Kobe was driven by his personal desire to be the best and to win.
Each member of our team is trained to operate at this level of responsibility for their performance. We know we rise and fall on the basis of our mental fortitude, our ability to block outside influences from affecting our inner belief. Our focus.
Kobe said: “I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.”
We are ready to do whatever is in the playbook to win, both as a firm and for our partner businesses.
We want to win as bad as Kobe did, we choose to stay consistent, and so, we work hard and therefore develop our mental toughness.
In short, because we want to win we find a way to succeed because our mindset and our actions doesn’t allow anything else.