Conquer like Kobe Bryant!
On Sunday January 26 2020, as I was preparing the article that I was ready to send out the following day, I received several text messages. I decided not to look through them as I was focusing on my work. I was listening to The Rocky Soundtrack. I was dancing while sitting down, working and living passionately.
I subsequently took a break. I looked at the texts from four of my friends and my baby sister. I could not believe what I read. Kobe Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash. My eyes rose like a deer in headlights. I was in denial at first and then upset, until I came to terms with acceptance. A while later, I found out his daughter, passengers and a pilot were also killed in the crash. I was devastated.
I am a happy and positive person, but this really upset me. Let alone when people I hear about pass away. I mean 41 years old, so young. His daughter, so young. And innocent passengers and a pilot to top it off?
Kobe was much more than his astounding accomplishments. He was larger than life. He was kind, humble, gentle and a family man. He loved his wife and children.
There are so many beautiful things Kobe left behind. This man was the epitome of AWESOMENESS.
Heartbreaking as his passing was, there was nothing you or I could do to prevent this very tragic event. The only thing we can do is continue to move forward with our lives. But, this event can also bring us all together and teach us a positive, valuable and beautiful lesson about life and Kobe’s legacy.
“Passion is the Fuel for Success” – Kobe Bryant
Follow your passion and you will succeed!!!
As I stated, Kobe was only 41 years old, but he already created a legacy that will live on in our hearts. He wasted no time on becoming one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
He lived to be the best at what he did. He loved every minute of it. He mastered his craft, which is why he was so GREAT. He just lived to be the BEST. He followed his passion and his life’s purpose. He took the ball and ran with it. No pun intended.
He never wasted his time talking behind people’s backs and never cared what people thought of him. His passion kept him focused and determined to conquer.
Greatness is in all of us. Do what you love. Enjoy it, breathe it and thrive on it. Don’t waste a single second on any negativity. Focus on what you want to do and be the absolute best at it, without comparing yourself to others.
If you have depression or anxiety, please do not let these two clowns limit you from doing what you love to do. Even if you have depression, you can still be successful. And with progress and actions, you will find happiness. Remember, tomorrow is promised to absolutely no one. Why waste it being depressed. Enjoy every moment in your life and embrace your passions.
The Mamba Mentality
“To sum up what Mamba Mentality is, it means to be able to constantly try to be the best version of yourself. That is what the Mentality is. It’s a constant quest to try to be better today than you were yesterday.”- Kobe Bryant
Kobe’s work ethic was impeccable.
In High School, he showed up for practice at 5 a.m. and left at 7 p.m. He would not stop practicing until he reached 400 shots. He trained at least 4 hours a day and longer in the off season.
In the NBA, he would make 800 jump shots between 7a.m. and 11 a.m., during his personal practice.
On top of that he feared absolutely nothing, otherwise he would not have amounted to the Greatness he became.
I have applied the Mamba Mentality in my own personal life. I am always learning and being the best I can be. I am dedicated and driven to doing what I love to do. I stomp on my fears and take risks.
My champs, life is about being your greatest version 2.0.Improving every day, making progress every day, moving forward every day. This is what will separate you from others who have the same potential, but are focused on things that are not helping them grow. What are you doing today that is getting you closer to your goals? How productive are you? How are you spending your days?
With any challenges you have and whatever you aspire to do, there must be an equal amount of effort. If you go to bed thinking you did not do as much as you planned on doing, then promise yourself, you will work harder the next day. Life is not about coasting, but winning. Winning against all your obstacles, winning against all your failures and winning against all doubts and limitations you may have.
“Great things come from hard work and perseverance. NO excuses” – Kobe Bryant
Believe in your GREATNESS!
As I noted, his work ethic was awesome. He set his standards high and expected more of himself. But do you know why he ascended to the heights he did? It’s simple . . . he believed in himself. Kobe had a vision and he believed he could reach it through hard work and perseverance. His mindset was that of a champion.
You must believe that you are as worthy, as talented and as great, to achieve whatever you want in this world. Never underestimate or under value your potential. Never have any doubts. Never get discouraged. You will fail. You will make mistakes, but ultimately it is shaping you and making you become the person you will undoubtedly become…..A CHAMPION!!!! Excuses will almost guarantee you a normal life; however, GREATNESS is for the brave and courageous who are willing to push themselves past the limits, like Kobe did.You will never see success come knocking on your door. You have to knock on its door. But, there is a journey to get to the front door of success and hard work and perseverance should be travelling with you, as it did with Kobe.
You MUST take risks in order to achieve big things in this world. Success doesn’t like to stay in comfort zones and neither should you.
Never be afraid to work for what you want. It makes you stronger, resilient, motivated and the victory will be your greatest reward.
Life is too fragile and too short.
Never forget to say and show people you love them.
Life is indeed too short. I want you to ask yourself, are all the arguments and hate really going to matter in the end? Is yelling at someone who cut you off really going to change anything? No . . . it won’t. Forgiveness takes courage. Let go of everything and focus on the people you deeply love and who love you. Enjoy every minute of your life. Do not be depressed, do not fear. Just enjoy every moment of your life. Cherish memories, interact with animals and nature.
So please don’t be sad, but learn from this tragedy. This is your life, your happiness and your future. Not one thing or one person should stand in your way. Work hard, be kind, persevere and just like Kobe, never give up, and you will inevitably cement your legacy in this world. Go out there and CONQUER!
I sincerely love you all.
On a personal note, my heart goes out to the families and friends of Kobe, his beautiful daughter Gianna Bryant, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester and last, but not least, the pilot, Ara Zobayan.
Kobe, I will continue to work hard each and every day to inspire others and continue building my legacy. I never give up. And just like my hero Sylvester Stallone, I will keep punching in life. I love you Kobe. Wherever you are, I hope you are happy. When I crumple a paper and throw it into the trash, I will continue and proudly say “KOBE” Goodbye champ . . . rest well.
God bless you all and take care. Never give up. Keep moving forward. Believe in yourself. Be a Legend.