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Jan 05, 2019 14:53:23

Pay attention to those who came before you

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David nge

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I'm a quarter way through Kobe Bryant's autobiography, The mamba mentality, and I realized a pattern. He references a lot of great basketball players who played before him in the NBA.

More than that, he became friends, even a student to most of them. 

Magic Johnson taught him the secret to cross-court bounce pass is the backspin you put on the ball.

He also taught Kobe how to anticipate opponents' defence and make passes to teammates before they would even realize that they were open.

Muhammad Ali, even though he's not a basketball player, taught Kobe how to manipulate opponents' strength and use it against them.

And Bill Russel, the only NBA player who has more championship rings than their fingers told Kobe that if you want to win championships, you have to let people focus on what they do best while you focus on what you do best.

Not coincidentally, Kevin Hart, another person who I really look up to told Oprah the difference between his success and others who tried and failed is that he paid attention to what people did before him.

Everybody who's successful leaves a trail. If you pay attention, you can follow those footsteps and carry with you their learnings in your journey to success.

This is especially true if you're honing a craft.

Whether you're an athlete, a writer, programmer, designer or a carpenter.  If you want to be great at your craft you have to find the classics, the best in the fields, those who came before you, and pay attention to the details.

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    @davidnge Great observance. We all need mentors to live and learn from. And we certainly can't accomplish our goals alone.

    Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | Jan 05, 2019 16:49:49
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      @jeffriddall right there with you :)

      David nge avatar David nge | Jan 07, 2019 02:27:13
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    @davidnge You are right today more than any other time in history we have access to so much information, and people are willing to share their stories to help others. Whatever it is you are trying to do, most likely someone else has already done it successfully. Thanks for the reminder.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jan 05, 2019 15:33:59
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      @brandonwilson yes, the internet has it all (well almost) :)

      David nge avatar David nge | Jan 07, 2019 02:28:11
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    @davidnge That's awesome! Definitely need to read that autobiography. Thanks for bringing it up!

    AG avatar AG | Jan 05, 2019 15:07:01
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      @ag no prob! It gets better :)

      David nge avatar David nge | Jan 07, 2019 02:28:48
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    @davidnge great write up and reminder to pay attention to the success clues that others leave behind

    Fernando Gomez avatar Fernando Gomez | Jan 05, 2019 14:56:17
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      @fernandogomez hahah yes, sometimes when I discover someone interesting, i'll look them up on youtube, google, quora etc :)

      David nge avatar David nge | Jan 07, 2019 02:30:24
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