Kobe and Kendrick sat down at ComplexCon to give their thoughts on what people miss when it comes to achieving greatness.
“I think there’s a certain stubbornness that comes along with being great,” Kobe said. “I think people see greatness as kind of an easy road, like a one-path thing. You work hard, and then all of a sudden it happens. It don’t work like that. There’s a lot of darkness that comes from that as well. There’s a lot of personal experiences that you go through that you use as fuel to propel you forward. Whereas otherwise it would just be obstacles for others; it might even prevent them from going forward. Whereas for us, those moments do nothing but fuel us even more.”
Kobe added: “Fast forward 20 years from now: If basketball is the most important thing I’ve done in my life, then I’ve failed. It’s a very simple mission, very simple quest, very simple goal. These next 20 years need to be better than the previous 20.”
Kendrick offered a take similar to Kobe’s on the topic: “It’s the curiosity of it. The fear, the anxiety. It’s the curiosity of knowing, damn, I can possibly overcome this. And when you do and another one approaches, I wanna challenge that too. That’s real greatness.”
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