I Wear Basketball Shorts to Work, But My Name Is Not Kobe

Another day on the job.  We do it for the love of the game, right?  Like every youngster, I dreamed of making the League.  “M.J. to B. Will,” I envisioned as I dunked on my plastic door-hung hoop.  Remember those days?

kobe_bryant I always remember back to my idols every time I see a basketball game on t.v.  My hoop dreams quickly faded away.  I guess I wasn’t tall enough and I wasn’t fast enough and was just short of the 10,000 hours of practice that it takes for you to become a pro.  Every time I sunk a fade away shot in someones face, my friends called my so called talent, “luck.”  I believed them.  Always thought that “luck” would carry me pretty far though.  If my dreams to make it big will come true, I will have to find another way.

So, what about the average kid?  The kid who could not meet the physical standards.  Is he to live in a fantasy world of leaving a legacy on the courts?  With practice you can be good at anything.  Few will make the crossover to great.  For the rest of us who don’t have the physique for a 10-year career in the League, we have the ability to compete with our minds.

The game is called free enterprise.  A place, Wikipedia describes, where “each person owns his or her own labor and therefore is allowed to sell the use of it to employers.”

A place where “the land, capital are owned, operated, and traded for the purpose of generating profits by private individuals either singly or jointly.”

Here, we don’t wait for the coach to put us in. We put ourselves in the game.  The world is our court and we have much more than just a 12-man team.  There is no age limit or size discrimination.  Here, passion and some kind of talent will get you pretty far.

Many athletes are actually entrepreneurs, but you don’t have to be an athlete to become one.   You similarly must the passion and mental toughness to make it.  So, who should be the role models for the kids?  Should they spend their time “idolizing” and watching their favorite team on t.v.?

I don’t have the right to make that choice for anyone, but I believe I am the new “American Idol.”  So are you…and all the entrepreneurs, business owners, investors, artists and work from home moms.  We are what will change this country.   I want the kids to look up to the business leaders.  Not for the money, but for the opportunity and inspiration they create.  Free enterprise is what this country was built on.  I think at a time like this, more than ever, we need to get back to the roots.  We have the choice to live our dreams.

One thing came true about that dream to play in the League…I get to wear basketball shorts to work.  My office is not on the hardwood, but where ever I would like to be that day.  I still score.  I even slam dunk.  My game may not be basketball, but here I call the shots.  I guess you can say I am living my dream.

  • great stuff bradley! i guess i can say i never retired exactly either..

  • CharlesSeymourJr

    Kobe was a star even before leaving high school here in the Philadelphia area. And like many of us he's had his ups and down, but he sure did “rebound” well over the Finals, didn't he?

    Great article, Brad. Great tie-in to Kobe, basketball, practicing, and the game you play: free enterprise.

    Way to go!

    Charlie Seymour Jr.
    http://twitter.com/UltimateWAHDads

    • Hey Charles!

      Kobe was a inspiration to be growing up. I remember trading away all his rookie cards back in high school because I didn't think this high schooler would become a legend. And instead I have one of the largest Grant Hill collections…let's see how much that is worth lol. Thanks for the comment brother!

      Bradley

  • Thanks for offering your insights…I believe that Passion, Abundance, Confidence and Expectation makes us an American Idol….Your analogy is a very vivid reminder to “focus on your focus” and ensure that you show up for the big game each day with the right attitude and work ethic and then you will score and score big.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Be Incredible
    Darnyelle A. Jervey
    http://www.darnyelle.com
    http://www.darnyellespeaks.com

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