Kobe Bryant: The Painstaking Practice of a Master
By Sukh Singh Associate Partner, Lighthouse International
You've got to work at it. This is what you're supposed to do. I mean, if you're not comfortable with something and you feel like you can tweak some things, you've got to work on them. It doesn't matter when you work on them. You've just got to get it done. You've got to work it out.
- Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant is arguably one of the greatest basketball players of the last 20 years. On the 13th April 2016, Mr Bryant finished his NBA career with his final game - but it was no ordinary retirement.
Kobe Bryant scored a whopping 60 points in his last game. To give you some perspective, he has only done that three other times in his entire 20 year-long career. It's the equivalent of Lionel Messi scoring 10 goals in one football game, or Usain Bolt breaking the Olympic Record in his last ever race! It is an extraordinary way to end a career, but in many ways, not a surprise when you consider how the man spent his entire career practicing.
Author and coach Tony Robbins recently wrote a blog post about Kobe Bryant, in which he states,
"Kobe certainly worked it out. Most people – athletes, business execs, actors, singers, investors, writers, bankers, you name it – have a B.S. view of what it REALLY takes to be the best. The people who get it, the true masters, are rewarded in public what they practiced in private for a very long time."
Most of us look at the greats and see their results, but not the hard work they put in day after day. Tony Robbins' post is a must-read. It is a brief, clear insight into what enables legends to achieve great things, and a clear reminder that they are not superhuman.
If you're curious about the actual final game itself, then I'll leave you with this video. Even if you're not a basketball fan, there's a lot to appreciate about the critical importance of practice, practice, practice in the name of mastery.
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