I’m sure you’re aware of Kobe Bryant’s passing this week if you’ve followed any news this week. And that of his daughter and 7 others on the helicopter.
Whether you were a fan of his, or just heard the bad stuff, I’m not here to debate that today.
He wasn’t perfect. He admitted that and there’s no argument he was a better person in later years than he was in his younger years.
The fact is he put in a lot of time with his kids, with other kids and you could argue he was having even more of an impact now post basketball than when he was at the top of his game.
But I do have one story from his rookie year that I want to share with you today that I hope you can take something out of. I was reminded of it when I read this article yesterday.
He wasn’t getting as much of a run in his first season as he thought he deserved, as happens with most rookies on a decent team.
But through circumstances he was thrown into a playoff game late and just threw up 4 straight airballs where he got no where near the hoop, which if you follow basketball, you’ll know never happens.
And if someone throws a couple up, they’re normally gun shy and pass after that.
But not Kobe he kept shooting.
When asked post game why he kept shooting he just said matter of factly that he had good looks at the basket each time, so he took it.
He didn’t comprehend anything else. He wasn’t scared to fail. He just had a go.
The thing that happened after that game which they lost and were eliminated was he went straight to the gym when the plane landed back in LA and worked on his shot for the rest of the night to get things right for next year.
His work ethic was unmatched.
I don’t expect you to have that, cause I sure don’t. He was obsessive.
But the sentiment remains.
Shoot your shot.
If things don’t work out, take the lesson and move on.