Big Questions: Kobe Bryant

Last week with Kobe Bryant for my “Big Questions” podcast.

For a couple of years now I’ve been giving talks about how changing your questions can change your life.

There may be no better example to back up the concept than a story Kobe Bryant told me on my podcast this week.

A single question that Kobe asked himself about fear after he came off a karate mat when he was four years old led to a series of others that would define his life.

Anyone who’s seen him play can easily trace his relentless style on the court to that moment, as well as the five NBA championships he helped the Los Angeles Lakers win.

In fact, his awareness of fear is the centerpiece of my favorite Kobe moment — the time he didn’t flinch when a ball was thrust right in his face. It was delight to hear Kobe talk about it.

The curiosity and fearlessness that Kobe brought to storytelling upon his retirement from basketball now has him nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Animated Short.

Dear Basketball was animated by Glen Keane — the artist who drew Ariel in the Little Mermaid.

The music was composed by John Williams — the maestro who created themes for Jaws, Star Wars and Jurassic Park.

The story of the collaboration between the three will make you smile. It’s like listening to Kobe describe what it’s like to play with two other Kobes for the first time.

There’s a lot to be learned about curiosity and fear from Kobe on this podcast that can improve your life.

There’s a lot to be learned about the way Kobe thinks about hiring.

There’s a lot to be learned about the way his curiosity touches Tim Cook at Apple and Oprah Winfrey.

There are some big answers in this podcast. Hope you get the most out of them.



Cal Fussman has spent the last 20 years interviewing icons who’ve influenced the world. His podcast, Big Questions, can be downloaded or subscribed to on iTunes and Stitcher, or streamed HERE.