Kobe Bryant was a great man who's life oI n and off the court of basketball has greatly impacted millions of lives.
"The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great at whatever they want to do." - Kobe Bryant
Kobe was my age - 41. To think that this young man passed away and he’s my age FREAKS me out. To be honest, I didn’t start out as a Kobe fan. I was a Jordan fan and naturally - I’m from Chicago. I ALWAYS had admiration for MJ but as time went on, I had tremendous respect and admiration for Kobe.
As much as I loved MJ, he just seemed more like a robot. Kobe seemed human.
Even though he performed some insane feats, he was humanized. That was NEVER more evident than yesterday when he passed away in a helicopter crash with his daughter and seven other passengers.
When I began my entrepreneur journey in 2015, it was all about ME. It was all about how I can make things work and how I can make money for the family.
Five years later, it’s not about me. It’s about my family. I’ve made extra content and posted EVERYWHERE on social media NOT for an ego boost but for more - for my kids, my wife, my family and my legacy.
Kobe’s sudden death is a harsh reminder that life is cruel and can end in the snap of a finger. It reminds us that we have MORE to live for than just ourselves. That we truly can impact the people that we encounter daily.
I’m going to leave you with eight Kobe quotes to think about as you live everyday to your fullest:
1. "I've played with IVs before, during and after games. I've played with a broken hand, a sprained ankle, a torn shoulder, a fractured tooth, a severed lip, and a knee the size of a softball. I don't miss 15 games because of a toe injury that everybody knows wasn't that serious in the first place."
2. "The last time I was intimidated was when I was 6 years old in karate class. I was an orange belt and the instructor ordered me to fight a black belt who was a couple years older and a lot bigger. I was scared s--less. I mean, I was terrified and he kicked my ass. But then I realized he didn't kick my ass as bad as I thought he was going to and that there was nothing really to be afraid of. That was around the time I realized that intimidation didn't really exist if you're in the right frame of mind."
3. "Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success."
4. "I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I'm like, 'My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don't have it. I just want to chill.' We all have self-doubt. You don't deny it, but you also don't capitulate to it. You embrace it."
5. "The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win"
6. "I have nothing in common with lazy people who blame others for their lack of success. Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses."
7. "The important thing is that your teammates have to know you're pulling for them and you really want them to be successful."
8. "Everything negative -- pressure, challenges -- is all an opportunity for me to rise."
RIP Kobe Bryant - 1978-2020