THE KOBE IN ME (read time 1:13) Kobe Bryant, captain of the Los Angeles Lakers is arguably one of the world’s greatest basketball players (in spite of what happened in the playoffs). When asked: “How do you deal with players waving their huge hands in front of your face when you’re trying to make a shot?” Kobe replied: “What hands? I don’t see any hands, I only see the basket.”    What’s the message here for us in showbiz? Everyone has an opinion on how to make it in today’s new thrilling techno-biz; how to make a hit record, how to get a million YouTube views, how to build a profitable website, how to get your script read. Do we run with Spotify or wait and see? Do we lease a smaller studio and cut the budget? Should I follow my dream or follow the money? All these choices, decisions and opinions are like waving hands in your face attempting to block your shot at the ultimate goal.    Here’s how I make the hands go away: To the degree I have a crystal clear vision of the project; and to the degree I remain committed and true to that vision no matter what; and to the degree that every decision I make correlates with my commitment; then to THAT degree I rarely see the distractions and usually have a clear shot at my goal. Sometimes I hit the rim, other times I swish. However, the less I allow opinions, gossip, hearsay and hoopla to distract me, the closer I get to achieving victory.        So what’s the lesson here? Always keep your eye on the basket? Have clear goals in mind? Don’t be distracted by the hoopla? KNOW that you’re the MVP and just take the shot? You tell me...
J Michael Dolan

THE KOBE IN ME (read time 1:13)

Kobe Bryant, captain of the Los Angeles Lakers is arguably one of the world’s greatest basketball players (in spite of what happened in the playoffs). When asked: “How do you deal with players waving their huge hands in front of your face when you’re trying to make a shot?” Kobe replied: “What hands? I don’t see any hands, I only see the basket.”
   
What’s the message here for us in showbiz? Everyone has an opinion on how to make it in today’s new thrilling techno-biz; how to make a hit record, how to get a million YouTube views, how to build a profitable website, how to get your script read. Do we run with Spotify or wait and see? Do we lease a smaller studio and cut the budget? Should I follow my dream or follow the money? All these choices, decisions and opinions are like waving hands in your face attempting to block your shot at the ultimate goal.
   
Here’s how I make the hands go away: To the degree I have a crystal clear vision of the project; and to the degree I remain committed and true to that vision no matter what; and to the degree that every decision I make correlates with my commitment; then to THAT degree I rarely see the distractions and usually have a clear shot at my goal. Sometimes I hit the rim, other times I swish. However, the less I allow opinions, gossip, hearsay and hoopla to distract me, the closer I get to achieving victory.
   
    So what’s the lesson here? Always keep your eye on the basket? Have clear goals in mind? Don’t be distracted by the hoopla? KNOW that you’re the MVP and just take the shot? You tell me...

COMMENTS


Posted By sal rinella
Kobe Bryant
WOW! How true! You are amazing and so right! I work with so many artists in my business and most people are on a shoestring budget and even more anemic spiritual point in their lives yet they want to be famous in two weeks or less. It takes a lot to play 80 games a season or tour 250 shows a year. You have to be up to it and not let every hand stop you. I get calls throughout the day where clients have no gas money, bus money, rent money etc. It may stop them but doesn't stop me. I also find how wavering and fickle people are and very lax to commit that you can see how that correlates to their maybe having a career over "YES I HAVE A CAREER!" Thank you again. And keep rockin'. Sal Rinella CEO 3-8 Productions


Posted By NURREDIN
Kobe
When I was a kid living in Cincinnati, I had the pleasure of knowing Pete Rose and Tony Perez of the Cincinnati Reds,I was 11 at the time.(I used to hang around because Pete had the most beautiful Burgundy Rolls Royce with a Black roof and I'd carry their bags for free when I was supposed to be selling newspapers) I remember asking Tony Perez how to be a good hitter, and he replied "see de Boll,Hit de Boll" in his Cuban accent. I think your story about Kobe just made his advice make sense.


Posted By JP Cervoni
Clear Vision
Clear Vision!! That's the ticket! I did not understand what i was doing , when i was a kid growing up in a small village in Italy: being a guitar player, i'd record on a old tape machine "new" music, coming from a radio station in Luxembourg, Cream, Pink Floyd, Buddy Miles Band, Brian Auger & Julie Driscoll where my idols. I use to close my self in my room and, having learned the songs note-by-note, i'd shut the lights off and play along with the recorded music--here i am on stage with Buddy Miles, here i ham playing songs with Brian Auger. I moved to Canada shortly after finishing High school, Buddy Miles come to perform where i was, i went to see him, i could not speck English ( still learning! ) my Canadian cousin worked himself backstage and told Buddy that i was the best guitar player around--i got invited the next night to jam on stage, from there i got invited to a after-show recording session. Buddy called me 3 months later, from Los Angeles, asking me to join his new band, record his new album on Atlantic Records and tour, which i did. I got to be close friend with the bass player, after Buddy got in some legal trouble and had to put his band on hold, i mentioned that my other idol was Brian Auger, my bass player friend told me that he use to play with Brian Auger and why not go see him and see if we can put a band together, and we did. Many years later, i'm still living in Los Angeles, making a living as a musician. Now i understand that a Clear Vision ( "see it" in your mind as already real ) staying focused, and believe that it can and will happen, is how i attract what i want in my life. Glitches appear to happen along the way, situations that seem to interfere negatively, but what i've learned is that it's all getting "worked out" ultimately, towards the positive results.


Posted By David Kowal
Sports and focus
Dear Mr. Dolan, Another great sport for this example of determination and focus is baseball. This is a sport where failing 70% - 65% of the time might get you into the Hall of Fame with a batting average of .300 or.350. In my youth, a man by the name of Roberto Clemente was the epitome of focus. Thanks for a great blog!


Posted By Rachel
Focus
Hi Michael! Great article and true! For me, the energy, and passion stays because I am true to my vision, not bowing to the almighty dollar....I LOVE basketball...used to play on a winning team..love the grace in the movements of basketball. :-) Have a great day! Rachel


Posted By Lyndah
My Inner Kobe
Great analogy. thanks for the life lesson.


Posted By Ken Budka
Focus of WHY
Clarity - Focus - Action are major keys to achieving goals for me. A clear picture(s) of what it is I'm shooting for, blocking out the static and staying on track, and making some sort of forward movement each day towards achieving it. Staying focused is sometimes a challenge, but infinitely more important than all else is understanding WHY. Why are you doing this at all. What meaning or significance does achieving this goal have for you? Be crystal clear on this and the rest is cake...


Posted By Kobe fan
my inner kobe
Dear J Michael, As a Kobe fan, I had to read this blog especially. What can I possibly have in common with Kobe? Seems it's the hands waving between my face and my own "basket." He has MVP clarity and focus. He knows who he is and no waving hands rob him of that. After reading this, I imagined my eyes focusing, like a camera can, on the distractions--near-sighted, close-up to me and not my final goal (far-sighted). Some distractions are necessary, like filling up the gas tank and getting groceries, but then I just get hooked on ALL the distractions, and so I never shoot for the basket. And then I think of all the practice Kobe has had, shooting baskets over and over and over again in practice where there are no distractions, more than 100,000 times. And I see the value of locking myself in a room, scheduling a distraction-free time (like Kobe's practice) and just shooting, shooting, shooting. Yup, that's the ticket. Win or lose, you're the best, Kobe, and the kobe in me!

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• HEY, WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? (read time 1:37)
• THE WAITING WARRIOR (Read time 0:41)
• PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK (read time :57 sec)
• AUTONOMY HIGHWAY (read time :35 sec)
• LIMPIDITY (read time :45 sec)
• WHY I MEDITATE (read time 1:00 min)
• YOUR SHADOW AGENDA (Read time 0:59)
• WHY I SOLD MY BUSINESS (read time 6:33)
• BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)
• THE FANTASIES OF POSSIBILITY (read time 4:17 min)
• THE TUG OF WAR (read time 5:09 min)