As Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant nears the end of his incredible NBA career, he spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Chris Ballard about his life and times.
During Ballard’s observations of Kobe during his interview, he noted that Kobe was really relaxed and he asked about his current nature of being.
Kobe responded that he had found his inner zen and noted that he’s isn’t trying to manage things that aren’t in his control:
I found my inner Zen. You just realize that there are things that you can’t control. Doesn’t mean you don’t try to manage them. But there are things you can’t control. So you do the best you can , prepare as well as you can, and you’re comfortable with that. You just figure things out. There are certain problems that arise, you’ll try to solve it at that time, you might not be able to solve it at that time, but then you’ll just kind of keep at it. If you fail miserably, you learn something new so you don’t fail on something else.
I think Phil Jackson would be proud.
Bryant image courtesy of Getty Images