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“The most important thing is imagination” — Kobe Bryant on how billionaire Elon Musk inspired him

Kobe Bryant and Elon Musk were highly successful because they spent their whole life learning and mastering their crafts.
Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and Elon Musk

Kobe Bryant and Elon Musk

Kobe Bryant was a student of the game and life. He was always fascinated with absorbing new information and learning on and off the court. It was not surprising that he was full of praises for Elon Musk and shared how the billionaire inspired him.

”The most important thing is imagination”

Bryant once gushed over the Tesla founder because of his ability to think outside the box. Known as a problem solver and critical thinker, The Black Mamba was naturally drawn to the person with the same thought process as him.

Elon Musk is a genius by all accounts. I asked him one time about how does he learn and the amount of research and amount of study that he does is unheard of but I’ll always say the most important thing is imagination. Spoke with Elon for a couple of hours, it was a really, really a joy.

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Without the ability to see outside the box, the efforts and hard work wouldn’t lead to something. Kobe saw Musk’s brilliance because, just like him, Elon was obsessed with finding solutions for problems that were once thought of as impossible. But look at him now, a billionaire who mass-produced electric cars and owned several game-changing ventures like SolarCity, SpaceX, and Neuralink, among others.

Kobe Bryant and Elon Musk’s routines

Everyone knows Kobe’s obsession with the game, the insane workouts and attention to detail, plus his iron will to win for his team. He didn’t care if it was his friend or former teammate; if you stood between him and his goal, he would drive straight to you. Just ask Pau Gasol.

Meanwhile, Elon maintains a strict routine to be able to cope with his busy everyday schedule. The Tesla founder sleeps around six hours daily and sometimes skips meals due to work. Elon reportedly records 42 hours per week at Tesla and logs in 40 hours per week at SpaceX. The 51-year-old is known to leave meetings when he thinks they are unnecessary and wastes time.

That’s why these two were on top of their game: they dedicated their lives to learning and mastering their crafts. It’s just unfortunate that Kobe Bryant left too soon. It would have been a spectacle watching him and Elon Musk collaborate on game-changing projects. As what Must and Bryant adhere to, imagination is sometimes all it takes to solve problems and make life easier for everyone. 

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