Worth Sharing #8
May 16, 2016
I Hate Christian Laettner
Love him or hate him, this documentary about Christain Laettner and Duke basketball in the early ’90s is fantastic. All of ESPN’s 30 for 30 films are great but as a basketball fan who grew up during the time period ‘I Hate Christian Laettner’ was just plain fun to watch.
A couple other great 30 for 30 films: Brian and The Boz and The Price of Gold.
Kobe Bryant: Mamba Out
He traded everything – his friends, his family, his identity, his body, ultimately his humanity – in pursuit of basketball immortality. His entire career was built upon accepting nothing.
Speaking of love him or hate him, Kobe Bryant generally incites such responses. Mamba Out is a great look into the mind of a champion.
Kobe has friends. He just always chooses basketball over them.
To take this at face value is missing the point. Life is about choices. Being great is about making great sacrifices.
“Friends Hang Sometimes, Banners Hang Forever”
Trademark of Kobe Inc.
Some view this mindset as self-centered. I call it minimalistic. Forgoing the less important to focus on what truly moves you.
The more attachments Kobe shed, the more powerful he became.
Bronnie Ware: Regrets Of The Dying
People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality.
Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.
Bronnie Ware worked in palliative care for many years. She heard many regrets and best intentions from the dying and compiled the most common ones together into ‘Regrets of the Dying.’
The Most Common Regrets Of The Dying
I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
I wish I didn’t work so hard.
I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
I wish that I had let myself be happier.
I like to read ‘Regrets of the Dying’ from time to time to provoke a reflection on what’s truly important. Along the same lines is Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address.
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.