Tonight is Kobe Bryant’s final game in the National Basketball Association. The way the man has been looking before games, he may never want to touch a ball again. This brother has sacrificed his body for the game. Some say he shouldn’t have come back for this last season but he did because he is one to push through pain and, in my mind, he had a conversation with himself that went like this:
Kobe: Kobe, you’re good, bro. You’ve won 5 championships. You were named MVP. You have played 19 seasons. Hang it up.
Kobe: I hear you, man. Really I do. But I got this. I want to round it off at 20.
Kobe: I just don’t know if your body can take it anymore.
Kobe: I don’t either but I know it can try. So that’s what’s going to happen. For me and for the fans. But really for me, so I can prove to myself that I am the greatest to ever do it. Mike didn’t go out on top either but Mike kept pushing himself. I won’t let him show me up by giving it up before I’ve given it all.
Kobe: Ok. You got it, man. But know that your body is going to be beat by the end.
Kobe: And I’m ok with that. This is what I love. This is what my body was built like this for. If it’s done after this, so be it.
If you know me, I’ve never been a Kobe fan. I have always respected the man’s drive but just never been a Lakers guy. However, I have always had the utmost respect for Kobe’s God-given talent and even more respect for the determination that took that talent to the next level.
I want to love whatever I end up doing like Kobe loves basketball. And I think I will. Professional development is my passion. Helping young people is my passion. Branding is my passion. The three have brought me immense joy and, together, I know that I will run myself ragged to see those three things have a positive impact on the world.
What do you love that much?
Make professional development a priority.