I love hearing from successful people directly tell you how they got there. I’ve not met Kobe Bryant, but I’ve watched interviews and read his book.
Jony Ive, the great apple designer once asked Kobe; “how do you prepare?”
Kobe’s reply was; “You think sequentially. You look at the end result of what you want to create, but there are so many little things that go into this massive entity (Apple) or device. It’s no different than building my basketball game. You start with where you want your game to be, where you want to make your game the most unstoppable or hard to deal with, and you start building it one piece at a time, one move at a time one counter at a time.”
I remember this when I plan my week.
I ask myself, what am I building this decade, this year, this month, this week, today?
And then I work on today.
Kobe was building a skill-stack that would enable him to be the best basketball player of his generation.
As an illustrator I see my self as a drawing-athlete building where I want to be one piece at a time.