Kobe Bryant has spent most of his life manically devoted to basketball. That earned the former Lakers star five NBA titles.
In retirement, Kobe claimed another victory – in the Oscars.
I feel better than winning a championship, to be honest with you. I swear I do. Growing up, as a kid, I dreamt of winning championships and working really hard to make that dream come true. But then to have something like this seemingly come out of left field. I heard a lot of people tell me, when I started writing, they would ask me, “What are you going to do when you retire?” And I’d say, “Well I want to be a writer. I want to be a storyteller.” And I got a lot of, “That’s cute. That’s cute. You’ll be depressed when your career’s over, and you’ll come back and play.” And I got that a lot. And s to be here now and have this sense of validation, this is crazy, man. It’s crazy.
Kobe sounds like someone with a healthier mindset. He still has that chip on his shoulder, but he also seems happier – less consumed by winning and losing, enjoying the experience more.
Of course, that’s easier to do when you win.