Kobe Bryant was one of the rare players in NBA history who remained faithful to only one franchise for his entire career. He stuck with the Los Angeles Lakers through the good and the bad, which earned him respect among the NBA fans forever. After his illustrious basketball career was over, Bryant invested most of his time on various projects like winning an Oscar for the best-animated movie and speaking to the broad audience about his success on and off the court.
He wanted people to know about the actual process of putting in the work and taking the time to work on your craft, no matter what that was. From his experience, he learned that it takes a lot of sacrifices, passion, invested time, and a bit of luck to achieve great things.
Bryant shared his competitive and business philosophy with USC students in an organized lecture for the students at the USC. He talked about a lot of things, but one of the most important ones was the role of a leader in a team. For Bryant, it means you have to stick with the team through the good and the bad because that defines greatness and consistency.
“As a leader, you gotta be taking the good and the bad. You can’t because the ship is sinking all of a sudden jump on a different ship. You don’t do that. If you can win championships in front of everybody, you can miss the playoffs in front of everybody. You gotta be able to take both sides of this.”Kobe Bryant, via The Leap TV
Every individual needs to have an urge to get better daily, and if something comes easy, you should switch things up to have progress. Players in this today’s NBA era are criticized for being soft and always looking for an easier way to win a championship, mostly by teaming up with two or even three All-Star caliber players. Players have put a lot more emphasis on quick success and less on building a long term relationship with a team, and it’s fan base.
“If you are doing something that is so easy, you might reconsider what you are doing. Durant has been a friend of mine for a very long time, so was LeBron and all of those guys. Would I make the same decision? No, but that is their decision, that is their choice. I would have stayed but it is what it is.”Kobe Bryant, via The Leap TV