By: Pernell Beals
I finally got the opportunity to catch up on a few motivational award speeches, and Kobe Bryant’s speech caught my attention. The speech is only 1 minute and 58 seconds long, and in that short time Kobe’s words spoke louder than his play on the basketball court ever did.
The speech is known as “Because of 4AM.”
Standing alongside Peyton Manning and Abby Wambach to accept the Icon Award, Kobe Bryant started his speech off with some jokes to lighten the mood, but then in a blink of an eye he became serious, almost like he did when he once played.
Kobe’s message was about the endless nights, the two-a-days, and the 4 A.M. workouts he and other great athletes do to be great. Kobe was talking about hard work and finishing what you have started.
Everyone has a dream, but not everyone is willing to put in the work that will make it a reality.
Kobe’s high school English teacher once said to him;
“Rest at the end, and not in the middle.”
Kobe’s high school teacher was trying to tell him to just finish. To get anything done in this world you must finish what you started. If you want to become the player on your team you must finish every drill, every workout, every rep at full speed.
“We had a dream and let nothing stand in our way.”- Kobe Bryant
Talent can get you only so far, and the people who put in the most time and effort into their craft and dream are the people who get to live their dream. Running an extra lap after practice, or studying an extra hour longer are what make dreams into a reality. Who is willing to go that extra mile to see their dream come true.
Make sure your dream is big enough to go after. Small dreams won’t get accomplished because they are not big enough to pursue. For example, if your dream is to own your own car than that’s too small; make it bigger. My dream is to own a 2017 Aston Martin V12 Zagato, one of the most sought after cars in the world.
When the dream is bigger, the drive is stronger.
Kobe speech means to dream big, and go after your dream with relentless effort. Don’t break down when adversity hit, don’t quit when times are tough, and don’t fall and not get up. Big dreams are hard to accomplish, but when you reach the finish line the reward will be worth it.
(YouTube video is from Lakers Now; lead photograph is from ballislife.com)