“You are responsible for how people remember you…so don’t take it lightly. The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”
Growing up and playing sports throughout childhood and college, finding the motivation to do the mundane or even the painful came naturally because there was a clear cut action-outcome goal at the end. Wake up before dawn to workout and prepare each day so that we can execute in the game at the end of the week. Do that every week and help make your teammates better and you can be a champion at the end of the season. Individually work hard and execute consistently each season and you could become a legend at the end of your career. Simple general concept— stay motivated, work hard, help your team, execute, be great.
Well in the entrepreneurial and professional world, it’s not always so straightforward and motivation is not always so easy to come by. Your seasons of constant grind can seem like they go on endlessly at times. Unlike in sports, you don’t know the date of the championship game you’re striving to reach from day one. Even so, one of the most iconic athletes in the world taught us a great lesson that he learned on the court and applied to life.
When you take seriously in your hands the responsibility of your success and the legacy you will leave behind, no one can stop you.
Kobe Bryant was the embodiment of someone who did just that and he truly inspired people to be great in WHATEVER they wanted to do– not just in sports but in life. It may be a different playing field and possibly a longer season for you but the general concept, in the end, is still simple— stay motivated, work hard, help those around you, execute, be great.
Below are a few quotes from the Mamba himself that can translate from the court to your everyday life:
1. “I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.”
Know your role in the current season you are in. Each season and each day will call for you to take on a different role. Whatever the role is, do it with the same desire to win.
2. “I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.”
One of the biggest success blockers can be trying to be someone else. Be the best version of yourself and excel in the talents that you bring to the table.
3. “Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.”
When obstacles arise, use them as an opportunity to get better and overcome them. It will prepare you for the championship game better more than an easy road can.
Rest in peace and power Kobe, Gianna, John, Keri, Alyssa, Christina, Ara, Sarah, and Payton