KOBE BRYANT’S LETTER OF ADVICE TO HIS 17-YEAR-OLD SELF

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Derek Jeter’s The Players Tribune has proven to be the go-to outlet for athletes who have been able to utilize the platform to get their voices heard. All to often, the media is blamed for crafting images of athletes thereby not really giving us a glimpse into their thought process. Retired Laker Kobe Bryant has penned a letter to his 17-year-old self offering words of wisdom and advice. He touches on signing the first contract and giving to friends and family.  It’s a very interesting piece.  Below is an excerpt.  Read the entire letter here.

Understand that you are about to be the leader of the family, and this involves making tough choices, even if your siblings and friends do not understand them at the time.