Kobe Bryant Passes Michael Jordan: Lesson On Being The Best

Kobe Bryant Passes Michael Jordan

On Sunday night, December 14, 2014, Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the NBA all time scoring list. I have to admit I was hoping for a spectacular, iconic dunk to commemorate the historic moment. His shot was off in the early going so we all had to settle for pedestrian free throws. It was very fitting as Kobe reflected on Jordan when he met the media after making history.

“I think a lot of people saw the highlights of him, the dunks or the fancy layups. But as a kid, I saw more than that. I saw how he got there,” Bryant told CBSSports.com. “I saw footwork. I saw spacing. I saw how to use screens. That’s what I saw. That’s what’s different from a lot of kids who came up during my era. They saw the highlights, but I saw how he got to those highlights.”

I’m like “a lot of kids who came up during my era”. I lived for the highlights. Fundamentals are boring and unsexy. When friends ask if I saw a basketball game last night, I now reply I only saw the highlights. Everything is moving so quickly these days. My basketball attention span has dropped to watching two minute game recaps.

Sadly this attitude crossed into my IT career. When I faced challenges, I looked for quick fixes and moved on to the next fire. I made highlight reel patches to save the day rather than fundamentally digging deep and totally eliminating the problem with a complete resolution or a process change.

Due to recent clashes with my partner in crime Chet, I’ve challenged myself to being more diligent and rigorous at work. I will work harder and pay attention to the details. I will refocus on my fundamentals rather than deploying quick fixes. Congrats Kobe on taking sole possession of third place on the NBA all time scoring list! Your reaction on how Jordan got to those highlights is the perfect icing for my motivational cake.

What is your method for being the best?

For a great recap of the historic event, visit Passing Jordan – CBSSports.com.

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2 Responses

  1. Arlee Bird says:

    I haven’t been following the Lakers or Kobe’s career in recent years so I only heard about Bryant’s feat after the fact. It’s rather anti-climatic in my view. It’s admirable while at the same time being a bit ho-hum. Kind of like my own aspirations.

    I tend to not be overly competitive in life. I want to be the best, but I don’t go out of my way to be so. I have no method. Just a touch of madness.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      It’s kind of sad that he is wrapping up his illustrious career this way. Can you think of any athlete that went out on top? Jordan’s final days as a Bull was storybook, but he couldn’t stay away. Interesting comment about ho-hum and your aspirations. Do you want to change and be more competitive? Sounds like you are pretty comfortable in your skin. No method, just touch of madness? Touch of madness, perhaps. But I think you actually do have a method!

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