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Failure | Mamba Mondays

Updated: Jul 11, 2023


Fear of failure can cripple you if you let it, but it doesn’t have to.


When NBA legend Kobe Bryant retired, one of the things he did was become a venture capitalist who found businesses to invest in. In an interview, he was told that venture capitalists have a 5% success rate, and was then asked how he would manage failure.


Kobe Bryant said:

“Fortunately and unfortunately, I’ve failed quite a bit, but I understand that is actually part of the process of succeeding.
I don’t believe in failure; I believe you have setbacks.
You have to learn from them. You have to learn from those landmines and what can be avoided next time.
Failure is a part of life.”

He was then asked, “But are you prepared to fail at something new? What if you are a terrible venture capitalist?”


Kobe said, “Then I’ll work at it. My first year in the league, at 18 years old, on national TV, I shot 5 straight airballs in the playoffs in front of millions of people.”


To be great at anything, you have to be willing to fail and learn from failure.

SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from the video?

2 - Are you willing to fail?

3 - What is the best lesson you have ever learned, or think you can learn, from failure?



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