Just had another useful takeaway from Kobe’s untimely demise.
Video. Shoot lots and lots of videos. We have hours upon hours of content from Kobe. So, much content, you can’t tell that the guy is dead.
You can watch his old basketball games, watch his interviews, or read the news articles about him.
If you know anything about me, then you know that I love Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It wasn’t until I made it through the book the 2nd time that I decided to see what Stephen Covey was up to.
Could you imagine my surprise when I found out that he was dead? Not a recent death. He died a decade before I found out.
I didn’t realize he died because I only consumed his content through his book and assumed he was still with us. But, is he really gone?
Just because someone dies, doesn’t mean that they’re no longer with us. Think about my relationship with Stephen Covey. I never met the guy but felt like I knew him. So, he’s sorta with me even though he’s not alive.
Don’t believe me.
Go to YouTube. Lookup a Jim Rohn video. Find one of his videos that’s over an hour long.
I bet you can’t watch it and still realize that the man in the video has been dead for 20 years. It’s weird how we can leave and stay around at the same time.
That’s what video does for you.
It’s one of the reasons why I tell all my friends to shoot videos of themselves. I remind Gaye Buller Ribble to post a video almost every month.
I’m really glad to see Jamaal M. Richard shooting more videos. I’d like to see Allen Johnson, Seth Campbell, Josh Team, Dave Jenks, Ashley Lunn, Haro Setian. Colleen Kavanaugh Basinski, Basim M Mansour, Marvin J. Félix and Aaron Stiner produce some evergreen videos.
If you shoot a video it will be like you never left when you do leave. If you create timeless pieces of content, future generations can watch and listen to your thoughts for the rest of time.
The version of Kobe we know is still with us.
The version of Kobe his family knows is what really left this earth.
Please shoot some video.
Do you remember Rene Giesberts? He died a few years ago of brain cancer. He’s the first person I personally watch wither away right before my very eyes.
Sure, Kobe dying suddenly sucks, watching someone die over several months is like the world’s longest nightmare. Rene lived about 16 months after he was diagnosed with brain cancer.
At the time of his diagnosis, I was the team leader of a Keller Williams office and he was the broker. After he found out the bad news that he was going to die in a little over a year, we had a meeting to talk about the next steps with the brokerage.
At the meeting, we both cried as he told me that he knew he would die in a few months. Towards the end of the meeting, I gave him some advice. (If you know me then you know I’m full of advice.)
Here’s what I said,
Do you know what’s good about knowing when you’re going to die? You can live like tomorrow really isn’t promised. Since you know you’re going to die, you can take out a camera and record all the things you wanted to say but thought you couldn’t. You could make videos for your son to use in the future because he was only 14 at the time. You could create videos for when your grandchildren because you know you won’t be around.
You can make the most out of the time you have left.
Rene didn’t like my advice. He was already allowing himself to become his disease. So, he never shot the videos.
Now, he’s really gone.
Minus the video I have of him in the hospital that I can’t watch without crying. I can’t make it thought the video without crying because while watching it he feels like he’s here.
Do us a favor.
Make some more videos.
(What’s up with me and these long posts? This is my 2nd 700+ word post in less than 7 days. I could’ve turned this into a video.)