Last updated on January 9, 2019
How to be the best in the world, when you are not even good yet!
“An Interview with Kobe Bryant from Lewis Howes’ School of Greatness. “
Kobe started very poorly!
Kobe was not always the best in the world at basketball. His family had planted the seeds of greatness inside him by telling him that all things were possible. As long as he put in the work to back it up! Believe it or not Kobe at 10 years old was horrible at basketball. his summer league he did not score at all that is right he did not score a jump shot, a free throw, a breakaway layup, a lucky shot. Yes, He was in the games. Kobe was upset about his lack of ability to score and influence the game. His dad told him whether he scored 0 or 100 that he still loved him.
Planning for Greatness!
So Kobe said that was security for him but that being said I am going to score 60 per game. So he took a long-term game plan. I would like to interject a simple quote from Malcolm Gladwell in the book “Outliers” that it takes roughly 10,000 hours to gain mastery in any given subject or area.
So Kobe when other kids were just relying on their natural abilities were playing for 3-6 hours per week, he was playing for 3 hours per day. He was working on the fundamentals of his game. He was putting in more time than his peers and in the course of 2 and half years he became the best in the state. For most of us know that Kobe Bryant became the greatest basketball player in the world.
Math and Greatness are Related?
Kobe several times said that becoming great at something was just simple math. You see everyone is given a basic set of skills. Using Gladwells’ principle and applying it to Kobe’s situation is amazing to watch the math work out. So if Kobe’s peers were playing and working on their skill 6 hours per week that amounts to 312 hours per year and 780 for 2.5 years. Kobe on the other hand would have been practicing for 21 hours per week that amounts to 1092 hours per year and in 2.5 years 2730 hours with that kind of training you can see how he became the greatest in his state.
What are my takeaways from this interview if I personally or you want to get better in any area that is competitive then we need to spend at least 3 hours a day when others are spending 3-6 hours per week. That will draw the greatness out of any of us!