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The Beautiful Scar

Feb 11 2015
Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers
Feb 11 2015

Basketball is the seed of my muse. At the age of six, the game became part of my nature. Everything I saw, heard, read, or felt was viewed through the lens of growing as a basketball player. This perspective makes me curious about everything, makes everything interesting, and means that life is a living library where all I need to do is pay attention.

This meant that geometry class was viewed as understanding the angles of the game. History class taught me different forms of leadership. Through Shakespeare, I learned about the nature of mankind. From The Iliad, I began to question at the age of 12 if I identified with the hero Hector or Achilles. Taking tests helped me steady my pulse and think clearly under duress.

The examples are endless but my philosophy is simple. Once I knew my seed, I was able to discover my muse and my purpose for being was crystal clear.

The odd thing is that I wound up learning more about the world around me by having a singular focus inside of me.


Kobe Bryant’s MUSE premieres on Showtime on Feb. 28 at 9 ET/8 C.

Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers