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Live! at the Hive, Ep.5: Remembering Kobe Bryant & The Mamba Mentality

Welcome back to Live! at the Hive, episode 5. I took an intentional break during the holidays to live life and really enjoy the season. While the break was much-needed and proved to be just what I needed, I’m so glad to be back on the mic! There’s so much in store for 2020 and while today’s episode deviates a bit from my standard format, I’m excited about upcoming guests and new .

We’re not on this stage just because of talent or ability, we’re up here because of 4 a.m.

We’re up here because of two-a-days or five-a-days.

We’re up here because we had a dream and let nothing stand in our way. If anything tried to bring us down, we used it to make us stronger.


INTRO to GUEST, Allen Johnson

My college friend, husband, father, real estate maven, investor, and now author joined me for a very special conversation celebrating the life and legacy of basketball legend, Kobe Bryant and his 13-year old daughter, Gigi.  I specifically wanted to break down Kobe’s well-branded ‘MAMBA MENTALITY‘. To me, Allen personifies that mentality, which has contributed to his success as a business man but importantly as a husband and father. We also explore



I tweaked my signature segment this week and dedicated the conversation to exploring with Allen how we live and practice as entrepreneurs and leaders Kobe’s Mamba mentality. A few key points we celebrate from his iconic way of thinking:

Work harder than everyone else.

Failure has its place. 

4 am.

Be present. 

Study your work.

Be obsessed with winning.

This week’s Word of the Day was challenging and new to both Allen and me but he got it. Rooted in French, Parvenu:  One that has recently or suddenly risen to an unaccustomed position of wealth or power and has not yet gained the prestige, dignity, or manner associated with it.


A man randomly threw a Super Bowl party for the homeless. 3 years later, he’s hosting 15 across the US. I can’t tell you how much I love this story! Impact and service start right where you are. 

Akon created his own city in Senegal called ‘Akon City’. I mean, hello! That’s boss on a whole other level.
Akon, who is of Senegalese descent, originally announced plans for the futuristic “Crypto city” in 2018 saying that the city would be built on a 2,000-acre land gifted to him by the President of Senegal, Macky Sall. The new city would also trade exclusively in his own digital cash currency called AKoin, he said.


This week’s Wishlist is lacking some funny, at least mine was. I was a bit on the philosophical tip while Allen shared some very tangible items on his list.

{READ THIS: What You May Have Missed at the Super Bowl Halftime Show}


Since this episode was dedicated to Kobe Bryant and his Mamba Mentality, I want to charge you to consider one of his most popular quotes that really resonates with me and the things for which I stand. First, we remember the names and lives lost alongside Kobe:









“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great at whatever they want to do.”  KOBE BRYANT


M A M B A   O U T 

Thanks for tuning in!

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Bren Herrera and Live! at the Hive podcast. Find and follow Allen on IG. Pick up his book, ‘50 Things Your Real Estate Agent Should Tell You… But Probably Won’t’. All proceeds go to his mentoring program.


The Mindset of a Winner

The Mind of Kobe Bryant

The Mamba Mentality


Host: Bren Herrera

Executive Producer: Bren Herrera

Segment Producer: Bren Herrera

Engineer: Rodger Smith

Editing: Rachel Handschuh

Show Theme Music + Lyrics: “Infinity” by Eddie Valoy and Bren Herrera

Music Throughout: FEAR by Drake, Fight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov, I Get Money by 50 Cent, Welcome to Africa by Akon, Pusher Love Girl by Justin Timberlake, I Can Make You Put Your Phone Down by Erykah Badu, Kobe Bryant NBA LA Lakers Farewell Speech. I do not own the rights to any of the music featured except where noted.

Cover Photography: Diego Jimenez

Art Design: James Long 

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