The Black Mamba Mentality and Perseverance

A Hero/Villain, a legend.

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“I want to learn how to become the best basketball player in the world. And if I’m going to learn that, I gotta learn from the best. Kids go to school to be doctors or lawyers, so forth and so on and that’s where they study. My place to study is from the best.” — Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest Basketball Players of all time and one of the most inspiring sports icon because of his work ethic and remarkable drive into believing that you can be whoever you want to be if you are willing to give your 100% all the time.

5 five-time NBA champion, NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2008, 18-time NBA All-Star, 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist with team U.S.A.,

Bryant retired at the end of the 2015–2016 NBA season after playing for 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.

In honor of his legacy, here are some inspirational lessons for us to remember.

How To Drive Success by giving your 100% every single day. You want to know a little secret? SHOW UP. No matter how scared you are, no matter how tired you are, even when tomorrow you will need to face the giants, have the courage to show up.

Eventually, life hits you with a brick, in Basketball, it is overcoming and healing from injuries, and how to get back in the court stronger than ever. The process of recovering, all the pain and disappointments drives me more to get back on my knees, I want to see if I can, I don’t know if I can, all I know is I will, period.

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“I am going to do what I always do, I’ve done it a hundred times, this may be a lot more difficult but I will keep trying. I will divide this into smaller parts, and overcome each one of them one by one until I get it all right. One day at a time.”

If You Want To Be The Best, You Need To Be Obsessed About It. When I was young all I think about is Basketball. I never have thought about it as work, until I entered NBA, I always thought that the people in this level only think about basketball, I was wrong, then I realized I was different, I was extremely obsessed.

Kobe, into embracing failure and not to be afraid about it. I’ve practiced and practiced, I’ve played so many times, I’ve failed so many times, and after a few days I was okay, people will talk about me, some are bad, but a few days later they talk about me like I’m the greatest, I’ve seen this process, this pattern so many times, I got over it, there’s nothing for me to worry.

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“When we are saying this cannot be accomplished, this cannot be done, then we are short-changing ourselves. My brain, cannot process failure. It will not process failure. Because if I have to sit there and face myself and tell myself, ‘You’re a failure,’ I think that is a worse, that is almost worse than death.”

If you want it so bad, sacrifices are necessary. You need to give what its worth. If you want to be great means it will take you tons of your time to master your craft, your skills, you need to be extremely obsessed about it, and this comes with a price and that is sacrificing time away from family, friends, drinks, parties, vacations and even time with your kids. That’s the price I need to pay.

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On Becoming A Champion. Hard work pays off eventually and winning and losing is all part of the plan, no matter how many times you fail just get up and keep trying, and no matter how many times you win, stay humble, keep practicing, keep learning, practice the beginners mind so you will continue to grow and become better and better.

On Retirement and end of Professional Career and giving back by inspiring the youth.

The biggest key, I think, is inspiring the next generation of athletes, and how to do that, and I think content is an extremely powerful tool of inspiring the next generation of athletes, and that´s what I´m looking forward to doing.” — Kobe Bryant

In Sports, in Basketball, and every aspect in life, we need people like Kobe Bryant, who works extremely hard to get what they want and become what they dream to become, but also a person who also wants to pass down the torch to the younger generation, to contribute, to give. He is a hero/villain and one of the greatest, a legend, both on and off the basketball court.

Rest in Peace, Legend.

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