This week’s #ThursdayThoughts
is an excerpt from the speech @KobeBryant
delivered during his jersey(s) retirement ceremony on Dec. 18, 2017. This segment was directed to his three daughters, but when we play it back almost a year later … it’s a message that is applicable to everyone his athletic career has touched over 20 years.
There is no substitute for “hard work” in the pursuit of our goals. To become great at our respective crafts, it requires a certain level of sacrifice. I “sacrificed” a large portion of my childhood in order to be the best I possibly could at written & verbal communication in the English language, as well as 🏀. & there are certainly more “sacrifices” coming in the growth of @GaberInc.
But personally, I’ve never viewed it as “sacrifice,” as all of those nights prioritizing the refinement of my craft(s) over going to see a movie have allowed me to be proud of who I am today as a man. It was a price I was willing to pay; over, & over & over.
Through that lense, “hard work” is has never been about sacrifice, rather it’s an unwavering commitment to delayed gratification - keeping the end game in mind. If we do what others aren’t willing to do today, we’ll be able to create what they can’t do tomorrow.
“Cause while all my closest friends are out partying, I’m just makin’ the music that they party to.” -@ChampagnePapi
Continue to commit to your own version of greatness.
Strive for reality to be better than your dreams.