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Kobe Bryant Arianna Huffington Q&A

This article was too great not to give some shine here. The New York Times brought together Kobe Bryant and Arianna Huffington for lunch and transcribed the resulting Q&A. They may seem like the unlikely pair to dine together until you realize that they’re uniquely similar in their rise to the top of their respective fields. Kobe has said in past interviews that he’s cold called or cold e-mailed powerful figures including Huffington so this didn’t totally throw me aloof.

What did though was when Kobe drew inspiration from a cheetah for his fadeaway… and it really makes sense. Enjoy a few of my favorite snippets from the interview, including the pleasing stress and added awareness to the power of meditation. Easily worth the full read too (and it’s not that long either…)

KB: Phil Jackson introduced me to it [meditation]. When I was 18, Michael Jackson tried to get me to meditate. He could sit in meditation for seven hours. But I couldn’t sit still for 20 minutes.

NYT: Michael Jackson?

KB: Yeah. “Thriller” Michael Jackson.

AH: If you don’t internalize failure in a way that paralyzes you, it is very empowering. You say: “Hey, I failed. But I’m here, and I’m healthy, and my children love me and I have great friends. Life is ahead of me.” Suddenly, you’re willing to take even bigger risks.

KB: Exactly. I’ll give you an example. When you watch me shoot my fadeaway jumper, you’ll notice my leg is always extended. I had problems making that shot in the past. It’s tough. So one day I’m watching the Discovery Channel and see a cheetah hunting. When the cheetah runs, its tail always gives it balance, even if it’s cutting a sharp angle. And that’s when I was like: My leg could be the tail, right?

AH: That’s amazing.

BONUS: Because this was also too great not to post. Kobe answers the question: Iggy Azalea or Swaggy P?