Another Tribute to Kobe Bryant–Play The Game, Not the Man


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“There’s 30 seconds on the shot clock; your team mates are covered except for you. People are out of their seats, cheering from the stands, and you are separated from the basket by one man. The ball is now in your hands, what do you do? Sometimes we get so caught up with the person in front of us, that we lose site of our goal, which is behind the person. However, its people like Kobe Bryant that reminds us that our eyes should be fixated not on the person but the goal above our heads.”

I just heard the news that my favorite basketball player, Kobe Bryant, became the 3rd all-time leading scorer in NBA history–surpassing the great Micheal Jordan. It is great feats like this that have inspired me to look beyond my opponents and go after my goals in life. So inspired by his abilities–to stun the world by making the impossible look easy–that I actually wrote a post about him (my first post on the WORLD WIDE WEB!).

Watching him weave through 3 guys for a dunk, or making an incredible shot from outside the 3 pt arch with 10 seconds on the shot clock has taught me to never be distracted by the person in-front of you–don’t even look into his eyes. Kobe Bryant is one of those few players that rarely goes toe-to-toe with an obstacle or a player; nonetheless fights or calls out his opponents. He always fixates his eyes to the goal and not the person in front of him. If we all can do that, then we all can accomplish our goals and appreciate life a little more–hating our opponents or letting obstacles keep us away from our goal is not how you play the game. Play the game of Life!

   “Thank you Kobe for inspiring me. And congratulations on your latest victory. I am once again glad to see you back on the court–showing the world that an Achilles heel won’t keep you down from playing the game!” –Prince Sefa-Boakye

To read my first post click on the link below.

Play the Game –Not The Man

To read Kobe’s letter on this monumental feat, click on the link below

The Players’ Tribune: Zero by Kobe Bryant

Week In Review


Motivation Mondays: Be Powerful Beyond Measure (A Tribute to Nelson Mandela)

Weekly Political Tweet: Passing A Bipartisan Budget Deal–Averting Another Government Shutdown

ThrowBack Thursdays: Play the Game!–Not the Man (A tribute to Kobe Bryant)

Saturday Book Read: Sharine Jones Ch. 2 Mutual Addiction Continued

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Keep Calm and Carry on [God’s Will]!

Networking: Me w/ Doc Rivers (Head Coach of LA Clippers)

WHAT’S GOING ON THIS WEEK…

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Talk Tuesdays w/ Makeda Dread, Founder and CEO of the San Diego World Beat Center

Daily Newsfeed (Mon-Fri), Talk Tuesdays, Weekly Political Report or Tweet, ThrowBack Thursdays, Saturday Book Read w/ Sharine Jones, Weekly Spiritual Digest. (No Motivation Monday this week)

ThrowBack Thursdays: Play the Game–Not the Man (A Tribute to Kobe Bryant)


Every Thursday I post a miscellaneous article that I’ve written in the past or an interview of an extraordinary individual.

This week’s ThrowBack Thursdays: Play the Game–Not the Man (A tribute to Kobe Bryant

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“There’s 30 seconds on the shot clock; your team mates are covered except for you. People are out of their seats, cheering from the stands, and you are separated from the basket by one man. The ball is now in your hands, what do you do? Sometimes we get so caught up with the person in front of us, that we lose site of our goal, which is behind the person. However, its people like Kobe Bryant that reminds us that our eyes should be fixated not on the person but the goal above our heads.”

This was my very very first full length post that I shared with whole wide world as a first time blogger. Kobe Bryant is my favorite Basketball player, not to mention that I’m a die-hard Lakers fan! This post was inspired by his abilities to stun the world with his amazing feats and make the impossible look easy. Watching him weave through 3 guys for the dunk, or making an incredible shot from outside the 3 pt arch–with 10 seconds on the shot clock–has always amazed me. It has amazed me so much, that I characterized his playing to our own obstacles in life.

Kobe Bryant is one of those few players that rarely goes toe to toe with an obstacle or a player, nonetheless fights or calls out his opponent. He always fixates his eyes to the goal and not the person in front of him. If we all can do that, then we can all appreciate life a little more; instead of hating our opponents or letting obstacles keep us away from our goal–play the game of Life!

   “Thank you Kobe for inspiring me and I am glad to see you back on the court–showing the world that an Achilles heel won’t keep you down from playing the game!” –Prince

To read, click on the link below

Play the Game–Not the Man

Daily Newsfeed


The Lakers Beat the LA Clippers; Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies today on the Hill to defend Obamacare website; A list of the Top Lobbyists in DC; Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin knocks Obama out of the top spot on Forbes’ World’s Most Powerful Leaders List; and Facebook knows when you are going to get dumped. All this and more, please follow the links below.

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HHS Sebelius testifies on the Hill today

Top Lobbyist of 2013

Putin beats Obama in Forbes list of World’s Most Powerful Leaders

Facebook knows when you get dumped

Last Day to RATE PRINCE AS VERY GQ at www.gq.com

Week In Review


Daily Newsfeed: 25 year-old US diplomat, Anne Smedinghoff, gets killed in Afghan bombing; North Korea prepares for fourth nuclear test; Six arrested in New York Mayoral race probe; U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Labor groups passes deal on work-visas for undocumented immigrants; Recent Jobs Report signals red flag in DC; Actor Wesley Snipes released from jail; and Iran’s Nuclear program is still in effect

Weekly Political Report: Immigration Today? or Immigration Tomorrow?

Men’s to do list: Deodorant vs. Antiperspirant, Body Massage

Morning Coffee: Mel’s Drive-in Diner

Motivation Monday: Self-Respect via Non-Violence

Networking: Actor Rene Mena, The Ska-Talites, The Skavolutionary, The Los Angeles Lakers

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Spiritual Wisdom

Prince In The News: An Aztec in the Capitol

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK…

Daily Newsfeed, Morning Coffee Ed., Motivation Monday, Weekly Political Report, Weekly Spiritual Digest

Play The Game!-Not The Man


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There’s 30 seconds on the shot clock; your team players are covered except for you. People are out of their seats, cheering from their stands, and you are separated from the basket by one man. The ball is now in your hands, what do you do?

Sometimes we get so caught up with the person in front of us, that we lose site our goal, which is behind the person. However, its people like Kobe Bryant that reminds us that our eyes should be fixated not on the person but the goal above our heads.

On March 8th, The Lakers, in a heated game against The Raptors, came out victorious at Staples Center–beating the Raptors in overtime with a final score of 118-116. The Lakers in the beginning were trailing behind for almost the entire game; and many people feared that The Lakers would never win. However, it was not until the All-star guard, Kobe Bryant, came around and converted everyone into believers.

Kobe Bryant in the 4th Quarter, with 4.4 seconds on the clock, nailed a 3 pointer that tied The Lakers into overtime; he was double teamed by two guys! But that wasn’t even enough for him. In overtime, when The Lakers were tied with The Raptors, with 10.6 seconds to go on the clock, Kobe Bryant charged (with ball in hand) through FOUR defenders and delivered a phenomenal two-handed dunk over Demar DeRozan (Lead Point Guard of The Raptors) to give The Lakers the lead which ultimately won them the game.

Kobe Bryant (with 41pts and 12 assists) with the help of his teammates–Steve Nash‘s 3-pointer to tie during OT; Dwight Howard‘s 13 rebounds to keep them in the game–did the impossible. However, it was Kobe’s ability to “Play The Game” that ultimately won him the game–to look past his defenders (his obstacles) and go for the goal, without hesitation, in extreme situations. This is what makes him the MVP that he is today.

To Play the Game (and not the Man) is something that applies to all of us in everyday life: at work, school, and even in relationships. When we focus all of our attention to the obstacles that is right in front of us, we lose sight of what’s important or what’s behind it: The End Goal. Either we are too timid to go after the Goal, or we get distracted of things in front us that we end up losing; and in all cases it is the latter. Kobe Bryant is one of those few players, that don’t get into personal fights with the opposing team, and still have the final say.

So the lesson here today is to always “Play the Game; and not the Man (or Woman)!” In everything that you do! When you do, you will never lose sight of your Goals; and you will never lose sight of your Dreams! #playthegame