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Kobe Bryant’s Powerful Letter to His 17 Year Old Self

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Kobe Bryant Letter

The All-Star basketball legend Kobe Bryant shares his letter to his 17-year old self.

Kobe’s letter is below:

 

Dear 17-year-old self,

When your Laker dream comes true tomorrow, you need to figure out a way to invest in the future of your family and friends. This sounds simple, and you may think it’s a no-brainer, but take some time to think on it further.

I said INVEST.

I did not say GIVE.

Let me explain.

Purely giving material things to your siblings and friends may appear to be the right decision. You love them, and they were always there for you growing up, so it’s only right that they should share in your success and all that comes with it. So you buy them a car, a big house, pay all of their bills. You want them to live a beautiful, comfortable life, right?

But the day will come when you realize that as much as you believed you were doing the right thing, you were actually holding them back.

You will come to understand that you were taking care of them because it made YOU feel good, it made YOU happy to see them smiling and without a care in the world — and that was extremely selfish of you. While you were feeling satisfied with yourself, you were slowly eating away at their own dreams and ambitions. You were adding material things to their lives, but subtracting the most precious gifts of all: independence and growth.

Understand that you are about to be the leader of the family, and this involves making tough choices, even if your siblings and friends do not understand them at the time.

Invest in their future, don’t just give.

Use your success, wealth and influence to put them in the best position to realize their own dreams and find their true purpose. Put them through school, set them up with job interviews and help them become leaders in their own right. Hold them to the same level of hard work and dedication that it took for you to get to where you are now, and where you will eventually go.

I’m writing you now so that you can begin this process immediately, and so that you don’t have to deal with the hurt and struggle of weaning them off of the addiction that you facilitated. That addiction only leads to anger, resentment and jealousy from everybody involved, including yourself.

As time goes on, you will see them grow independently and have their own ambitions and their own lives, and your relationship with all of them will be much better as a result.

 

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There’s plenty more I could write to you, but at 17, I know you don’t have the attention span to sit through 2,000 words.

The next time I write to you, I may touch on the challenges of mixing blood with business. The most important advice I can give to you is to make sure your parents remain PARENTS and not managers.

Before you sign that first contract, figure out the right budget for your parents — one that will allow them to live beautifully while also growing your business and setting people up for long-term success. That way, your children’s kids and their kids will be able to invest in their own futures when the time comes.

Your life is about to change, and things are about to come at you very fast. But just let this sink in a bit when you lay down at night after another nine-hour training day.

Trust me, setting things up right from the beginning will avoid a ton of tears and heartache, some of which remains to this day.

Much love,

Kobe

KOBE BRYANT / LOS ANGELES LAKERS

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Article Originally appeared on: The Players Tribune

 

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.

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7 Comments

  1. Kyle L

    Oct 11, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Kobe truly had a legendary work ethic. He’s an inspiration to so many. I like reading up on him because it always gives me some motivation and insight into his mindset. My mentor Jaret Grossman talks about his work ethic all the time since it’s so inspiring and worthy of emulation. He just made a video after Kobe retired. It’s like a tribute to the positivity Kobe brought in the world. Here’s the link if any of you Kobe fans want to check it out: http://blog.jaretgrossman.com/?s=Kobe%20Bryant Highly recommend it. Best wishes to all of you in your success.

  2. MacDonald Monyem

    Jul 25, 2016 at 4:56 am

    I really enjoyed my first read this morning which turns out to be amazing, I enjoyed every bit of it and it’s highly inspiring, Don’t give but Invest, am glad I was here this morning.
    Thank you for this.

  3. Joel Brown

    Joel Brown

    Jul 23, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    For sure Tono, Kobe Bryant will go down in history as one of the best not only for his skills in basketball but for the wisdom he shares with the world.

  4. Joel Brown

    Joel Brown

    Jul 23, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks Tim, most appreciated mate! 🙂

  5. shanique Gibbon

    Jul 23, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I so love this thanks for all that you do! Keep up the wonderful work and I am so inspired by this

  6. Tim Denning

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:18 am

    I really loved this letter Joel and thanks for sharing. Kobe is an inspiration and the bit I loved the most about what he said is that it’s helping others achieve their dreams, where the true power lies. Giving money to people only makes them happy in the short term. After a while, these same people can begin to resent you for all of your success. Instead, help them to find their passion so they can be successful in their own right.

    There is a reason why Kobe is the man and this letter is one of many. Thanks again Joel!

  7. Toño

    Jul 23, 2016 at 3:13 am

    Joel, this is a beautiful article and very insightful letter. The message is very important and somehow it managed synchronized with affirmations I am listening right now, which is cool. I’m not into basketball and hardly I have ever watched any Kobe’s game however this message can teach all of us. Not only give but also invest, don’t be selfish so you won’t spoil the life of those you love because of your unawareness.

    Thank you so much, man, appreciate your time!

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