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Lessons from Kobe Bryant

Today marks exactly two weeks since the legend Kobe Bryant played his final NBA game. So, Supersport has still been treating me to highlights of his final game by force. I say force because well I do admit that I know almost nothing about basketball. But before I digress, let me get back to the reason I am writing this…KOBE BRYANT.

I remember late last year reading and re-reading his Good bye letter a moving post that didn’t need you to be a fan to feel the depth of those words. As expected, the buzz about his final game was too much so I ended up watching a repeat.

Despite having never bothered about his career, you only needed to have a glimpse of how it all started; the steep climb and the setbacks to realize that this took more than just talent. And you do not need to be a basketball player to borrow a few lessons from this legend.

  1. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.

At the age of 17, Kobe was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets. However, he didn’t last as the Hornets almost immediately traded him to the Lakers.  He states, “The Hornets didn’t want me. The coach told me we don’t need you here.” So, they traded him.  Did the rejection faze him? NO. He used it to fuel his career instead. He retired a 5 time champion and having  amassed so many more millions than he will ever need.

2. Commitment

Kobe once said, “If you see me in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear”. His fearless approach to achieving his goals stood out. During one of his Up Close events, a fan informed the then Lakers superstar “Whenever I think I can’t achieve a goal, I think ‘WWKD’ What Would Kobe Do?”. Kobe endured major injury setbacks, a criminal case, loss of endorsements, lots of negativity from the media and fans when the Lakers didn’t do well and still proved that like dust he could rise again. Why? He had ridiculous commitment levels. You cannot conquer what you are not committed to. Your results are dependent on your devotion.

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3. Living a meaningful life

So many people reacted to the end of Kobe’s 20-year career with the Lakers because he was a true king of the game. The aura he was illuminating portrayed a man who had given the very best that he had to offer to the game. His reaction gave me a new belief. Don’t we all want to live meaningful lives? In whichever areas we are in, a life so meaningful that whichever way we transition people can look back and say…..Wow!That was a bright one! I know for sure that I do.

 Kobe’s life was on a basketball court but there is so much that we can borrow. The harder you work, the luckier you get. Let’s make it happen.

Blessings!

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