If I were to ask you what attributes define success in professional basketball, you would likely say, height, athleticism, coordination, wingspan, speed, competitiveness or desire to win.
Likewise, if I asked what attributes define entrepreneurial success, you would likely say creativity, cunning, timing, risk tolerance, perseverance, vision, intelligence or boldness.
I recently, read the following article on Kobe Bryant, arguably, one of the best basketball players of all time. The piece of the article that really stood out to me was this quote:
“To think of me as a person that’s overachieved, that would mean a lot to me. That means I put a lot of work in and squeezed every ounce of juice out of this orange that I could.”
The single attribute that to me is imperative to the highest levels of success is hard work. Or, as Kobe put it “…squeezing every ounce of out of the orange…“.
In basketball, what we see on the court are amazing levels of talent. When learning about successful entrepreneurs we see unusually gifted people. The thing we often don’t see in both cases is how much “juice” these people have squeezed out of the orange.
Being one of the best in the NBA is not easy even with tons of talent. Being a great entrepreneur does not come from simply being gifted. The best of the best in anything pair their talent with an insane amount of hard work.
How much juice is left in your orange?