I love what I do. I enjoy it. That’s the secret.
I respect his opinion. He’s a champion. A lot of people might dislike what he says at times but he’s a champion. We play this game to be champs and that’s why I took everything he said with me to heart.
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Meeting Kobe by Justin Bieber
Not long after my talk with Scooter in Orlando, as promised, he set up a meeting between Kobe Bryant and me. We met for dinner in LA so I could talk to to him about the Michael Jordan thing. It was just the two of us - no one else. When I asked Kobe how he viewed his place in basketball compared to MJ, he started to tell me that it gives him something to shoot for and at the end of his career he hoped people would what he accomplished along the way. He talked about how he wants to be the best player he can be. He said he can look at someone like Michael Jordan as a role model, but he can’t worry about other people’s comparisons
I was blown away by his outlook. I felt connected to every word of what he was saying and wanted to know even more. I was curious, so I asked him about what type of music he listens to help get him pumped up for games. Kobe looked at me kind of confused.
"When we were at the olympics DWade and Lebron listened to music, but I don’t understand that. I am an assassin and ready to kill right now." He was kind of intense and then suddenly kind of intense and then suddenly broke into a big smile.
I loved that warrior mentality. Kobe is always on and ready to compete, two traits I think are awesome and aspire to have in my own life.
I’d heard that Kobe knew Michael Jackson so we talked about him for a while too. He told me Michael used to say that he would study the greats, their movement and their songs - everything so he could absorb their knowledge and experience from the past. That philosophy made so much sense and became something I immediately wanted to adopt for myself and my career going forward. “Practice Makes Perfect,” but I like to take that saying and change it a little to “Perfect Practice Makes Perfect.” If you practice bad methods you’ll get bad habits. But if you practice the right mentors you can become great.