We had the good fortune of connecting with Kehinde Aragbaye and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kehinde, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I wouldn’t limit success to just one important factor. It’s definitely a few different factors behind success. But I’ll choose two: Vision and work ethic would be my top 2. I’d like to think of myself as a visionary. Before I started my company I had somewhat of an epiphany where I say what future success looks like for me if I had the courage to start this journey. That glimpse into the future is what gets me out of bed each morning because I know every day is a new opportunity to try and manifest that vision I saw.
Work ethic is so important as well. The difference between average people and great people isn’t genius or intellect. It’s not ability or talent. It is generally a willingness to go harder and not give up. That’s something that was instilled in me through my background in sports.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I founded a company called TransitionG. We are a personal development firm who works with HS, college and pro basketball players to ensure they successfully transition after sports. Our company has grown exponentially in the last 2 years mainly because we took a different approach in our focus. While most services similar to our focused on NBA players, we emphasized almost exclusively on the 99% (non NBA players). Our belief was that if we can market what we do well enough we can ultimately corner the market.
Nothing about growing a company from the ground up is easy. Entrepreneurship is full of challenges. It’s constant work and worries from making payroll, to scaling the business to staying innovative and now… consistently creating content. I think the main thing I try to remind myself of is my WHY. It’s the thing that keeps me going.
The one thing I want the world to understand about me is that my company was founded as a result of a problem I realized plagued basketball players across the country. Ball players were fall short of their NBA dream and entering the real world confused, depressed and uncertain of what they wanted next. I genuinely care about the well being of athletes and their future. This is my passion.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I reside in Los Angeles so we would most definitely hit the beach and eat some fire Mexican food. Maybe at night hit a rooftop lounge like EPLP, Harriets or Highlight room to get a taste of the LA nightlife.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He always at the top of my list when it comes to shout outs. But here’s a another shout out I think is worth mentioning. — shoutout to all my siblings. Their drive, creativity and success constantly drive me to be better and greater every day.