I was recently listening to a podcast by one of my mentors, Dr. Shawn Dill of the Black Diamond Club. Before I get started, if you have a service-based business, you would be well served to check it out at www.blackdiamondclub.com.
Anyway, Dr. Dill was talking about how the recently deceased Kobe Bryant, by the way he lived his life, gave us a ton of business lessons.
Now, I wasn’t a huge Kobe Bryant fan. I don’t like the Lakers. If you know me, I am all-in on the Pistons. For the record, the Pistons hold a 2-1 series advantage in NBA Finals against the Lakers.
And Kobe certainly had his demons. Don’t we all?
So this is not necessarily a tribute to his life or legacy. It is more. Of a deep dive into some of his life principles and how they apply to our life and our health.
So here goes with a few of them…
Always be learning.
Kobe was a CONSTANT learner. He strived to learn more and more about as many subjects as possible.
How does this apply to you? YOU and I should always be learning. About yourself. About your occupation. About how to be healthier. About how to have better relationships with your loved ones. About 18th century German architecture. It doesn’t matter what you learn about. But
ALWAYS be learning something.
I was in awe of the fact that the reason Kobe owned a helicopter was so he could be with his family more. He would drive his kids to school. Then get on his helicopter and go train and practice. The fly home in time to pick his kids up from school.
Same goes for you and I. Are we putting our family first? How can we change our day in order to spend more time with our families? Are we making ALL of the right choices to ensure our family is a happy and healthy as possible?
Be relentless in the pursuit of excellence.
Kobe had tremendous talent. But there are a lot of guys with talent that never did anything with it. What Kobe did have was DRIVE. He was on a mission to be the greatest basketball player of all time. And the greatest parent. And if his life wasn’t tragically cut short, he would’ve been driven to be the greatest at whatever his endeavor was going to be.
How relentless are you? How relentless am I? How DRIVEN? All it takes is a decision. And work. A lot of work. I’m sure some days Kobe didn’t feel like shooting hoops for 5 or 6 hours.
But he KNEW that somewhere out there one of his opponents would be shooting for that long.
And he HAD to be better than them.
Shoot the ball more.
Kobe was often criticized, from a very young age, for shooting too much. But that was who he was. A shooter.
How much have you “shot” today? I’m not talking about basketball. How many chances have you taken today? The old saying goes: “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”.
Get out there. Get uncomfortable. Take risks. Take chances.
Impact and mentor others.
I think what touched me most was watching the reactions of all the younger NBA players to Kobe’s passing. Even those that never met him.
It is our responsibility to mentor others. And leave a legacy.