Kobe Bryant

Three months after retiring, Kobe Bryant revisits his youth, with an letter directed toward his 17-year-old self.

Published via The Players Tribune, the NBA legend offers guidance to his teen counterpart that would not only help bring himself success, but also his family and loved ones. How? He emphasizes investing in them, rather than simply giving.

“Understand that you are about to be the leader of the family, and this involves making tough choices, even if your siblings and friends do not understand them at the time”, Kobe writes.

Potentially a blueprint for other young athletes coming up now, Kobe explains how to use his success to assist those around them to enhance their independence and growth, rather than provide handouts.

“Invest in their future, don’t just give,” he writes. “Use your success, wealth and influence to put them in the best position to realize their own dreams and find their true purpose. Put them through school, set them up with job interviews and help them become leaders in their own right. Hold them to the same level of hard work and dedication that it took for you to get to where you are now, and where you will eventually go.”

Read Kobe’s full letter at ThePlayersTribune.com.