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I have been surprised at how much of an impact Kobe Bryant’s passing has had on me. I never met Kobe and have no personal ties to him. I grew up in Utah and hated the Lakers and Kobe because well… they always beat the Jazz.
His passing was tragic and is another clear example of how fragile life is, how quickly it can end. I think these moments cause everyone to pause, at least for a little bit, and reflect. We are all mortal and feel it deeply during moments like this. After my own personal reflection however, I don’t think the tragic nature of the event is what has impacted me the most.
Kobe Bryant had one goal. It was to be the best basketball player ever and win as many championships as possible. There are countless stories about his work ethic, drive, attention to detail and shear force of will. He was willing to eat healthier, exercise harder, practice with more ferocity and perform day after day, year after year despite injuries, illness and being a husband and father of young children.
We are all different. Kobe’s style isn’t for everyone, nor should it be. Nevertheless, Kobe’s singular focus and intensity speak to my heart.
He wasn’t perfect. His imperfections were public, much more public than 99.99% of humans. But he left a gift. He left his blueprint of success and achievement.
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