A few weeks ago, Kobe Bryant tore his achilles, ending his and the Lakers hopes for the season. He is out 6-9 months. He is 34 years old, and has played 17 seasons. 17 years in the NBA. Kobe entered the league at 17 years old, before most of us even finish high school or enter college.
He has been a pro for a long time and it has taken a toll on his body.
In the post-game interview after the injury, he was asked "So this isn't the last game we will see you play?"
Bryant's response: "Really? Are you kidding me?" Without flinching, he knows he is going to come back.
See the video @ 1:08 for the response .. @ 0:33 he talks about setting an example for his kids. Examples of a true pro/leader.
The video is tucked away in my notes as a reminder for obstacles/failures that I will inevitably face. Step up, keep moving, keep fighting, get better.