What Every Athlete Can Learn From Kobe Bryant
“Since 18 I knew that I was not gonna be stopped. This was my life.”
And for twenty years in the NBA it was. Just a little over a year ago we watched his final game as an NBA player drop 60. We bid farewell to not just one of the greats, but one of the last what I consider real players from the 90’s era.
In retirement he’s transitioned very well into business with the establishment of his own company in 2014, Kobe Inc. He’s partnered with investor Jeff Stibel starting a $100 million media, technology, and data fund, and has invested in the sport drink BodyArmor.
Youngsters take heed. Regardless of your chosen sport there’s something valuable to take away from Kobe Bryant’s career and post retirement moves.
Here’s a few:
“We all can be masters at our craft. But we have to make sacrifices that come along with that decision.”
Self awareness and self mastery is a skill thats developed over time. Kobe had such a heightened sense of who he was and what he wanted, he leveraged that to learn the tiniest nuances of the game as a whole. To having Nike shave millimeters off his shoe, to making 800 shots in a workout session is a discipline that leads only to greatness.
“I don’t want to do this anymore.”
Its one thing to know your body can no longer take the beating, to listen to it is another. This is a challenge for some athletes especially if they feel there’s some gas left in the tank. Kobe has reminded us that its ok to know when you want to retire from a business and do it. This is one of the best things any athlete can know and take heed to because it allows growth and development on the human side.
“Wake at 3, train from 4–6, 9–11, 2–4, 7–9. The separation between your competitors/peers grows larger and larger.”
Kobe’s work ethic was no secret around the league. He wanted to be the best he could be and that meant practicing and training as much as possible. He knew and understood that outworking everyone else over time would create a gap that no other player could close.
“The business of storytelling is something I’m extremely passionate about.”
Kobe has transitioned seamlessly from one career to another because he was able to find something else he was passionate about. This is very important for any athlete to find yet a scary one. For years the sport has been an athletes life and passion, and when their time is up its difficult to not only let go but find something else that their equally passionate about. Yet, its achievable for any athlete to do. Kobe not only prepared for life after the game but embraced it.
In closing, Kobe isnt the first or last athlete to transition well into retirement. There are plenty of key takeaways for anyones study, not just athletes. In the end I feel everyone despite their career field or means of income should make a decision on when they want to exit the business. Make that your decision. After all, it is your life.
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