Kobe Bryant has written a letter of advice to his younger self


Kobe Bryant retired from the NBA as one of the sport's greatest ever players. But that doesn't mean he wouldn't have done things differently, given the chance.

The legendary LA Lakers baller penned an open letter on The Player's Tribune to his 17-year-old self with the biggest lesson being that his wealth should be used to help bring out the best in the people around him, rather than giving them everything they need.

"Use your success, wealth and influence to put them in the best position to realize their own dreams and find their true purpose," Bryant wrote.

Confetti covers Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant's number on the court
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"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 the full letter here.