Today I write about Kobe Bryant and can easily connect his life to the mission of The William. Kobe Bryant had, what I like to call, Meaningful Perspective. The way he lived always included the big picture of what was meaningful to him. You would never see Kobe Bryant complaining about some of the minutia found all over the media from other professional basketball players.
“Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.” -Kobe Bryant
He cared about his family and improving as an athlete. Anything outside of what was in Kobe Bryant’s direct control regarding these things, he refused to focus on. Anything unrelated to his family and his game never even became a conversation. Ego never became an issue, even though NBA stars were forever getting into the headlines with actions that were completely egocentric. He also kept his ego out of the game.
“I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.”
Bryant had an uncanny ability to separate himself from the game, and honor the fact that it took all roles to win any game. He was always first to volunteer for what was needed, whether he was acknowledged or not. Kobe Bryant took the risk to not attend college, in order to pursue the game and his future as an athlete. As higher level education is becoming less and less popular, in the mainstream, he decided this need to move past college at a time when it was not only very popular, but possibly an easier road to the NBA.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement Sunday regarding the passing of Kobe Bryant:
“The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary: five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 NBA All-Star selections, and two Olympic gold medals. But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability. He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna.”
Through our hotel, we try to emulate this style and class from the inside out. We try to have meaningful perspective, the way that Kobe Bryant exemplified. How can we go out of our way to make an excellent guest experience, whether that be referring them to a hotel in a price range they are more comfortable with, or personally delivering groceries if they are one of our longer stays. We try to see the big picture regarding what our guests mean to us, and act accordingly.
Thank you Kobe Bryant, for showing us in your actions what was important with meaningful perspective.