I did not expect it.

When I heard that Kobe Bryant perished in a helicopter crash, I felt like something died in me.

I don’t know why, really. I recognized his basketball skills and knows that he is one of the best players in the world. But I am not a fan.

When I saw his photo, together with his daughter, I realized why.

Kobe Bryant played his best, every time. It does not matter whether he was number 1 or number 2 on the team. He gives his best every time. And though I was not a fan, I surely know who he was and what he did.

People say that Kobe copied Michael Jordan’s moves. I think he did. He studied the moves of many basketball greats. And people saw the similarity because nobody comes close to doing what Jordan did, except Kobe.

Kobe learned from the greats. He copied their moves. He reinvented their moves. And he reinvented them into skills that were truly his own.

We too can learn from the greats. Watch them play in the game of life. Make friends with them. Collaborate with them. Compete with them. Make them your mentor.

You can be like them and become the best at what you do. Just give it your best every time.

Jef Menguin

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