“I’ve shot too much from the time I was 8 years old. But ‘too much’ is a matter of perspective. Some people thought Mozart had too many notes in his compositions. Let me put it this way: I entertain people who say I shoot too much. I find it very interesting. Going back to Mozart, he responded to critics by saying there were neither too many notes or too few. There were as many as necessary.” – Kobe Bryant
The Utah Jazz probably never saw it coming. In his final game, after a 20-year career with the LA Lakers, Kobe Bryant has officially retired from the NBA. Scoring 60 points in this final game, to bring the Lakers up to over 100 points, taking over the Jazz with a 5-point lead in the final quarter. Reflecting on his career when the buzzer rang, Kobe hailed his team and sticking together through it all.
“This is absolutely crazy … and to be standing at center court with you guys, my teammates behind me, appreciating the journey that we’ve been on — we’ve been through our ups, been through our downs. I think the most important part is we all stayed together throughout.” (Source: ESPN)
That’s a sign of true leadership, of true appreciation. Being able to acknowledge that you couldn’t have done it alone. Now, Kobe is not one to belittle his own talent. He can acknowledge his own craft, his own power, and he knows his worth! That’s something we can all take to heart–know what you bring to the table and don’t let the haters make you think otherwise. When you’re the “third-leading scorer in the NBA” and honored as a “five-time NBA champion”, not to mention being an “18-time All Star”, you will definitely not entertain the haters! At least not for long…
“Take it all in. Sit back and watch and listen and hear all the hate that’s being thrown at us and remember every person that’s kicking you when you’re down, because next year it ain’t gonna be this way. Appreciate it now. Let it sit in now, because revenge is sweet and it’s quick.” (Source: ESPN)
#ThankYouKobe, for giving the world a role model in determination, dedication, and hard work. There are never too many shots, or too few, only as many as necessary. There is never too much for us to handle as long as we believe in SELF and are willing to put in the time and effort to making our dreams a reality! So, on this #ThoughtfulThursday, what are you doing to make your dreams come true?