January 26 was a dark day for the United States. The country lost one of the greatest basketball players. Kobe Bryant lost his life in a tragic helicopter crash, and he was traveling with eight other people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.
Initial reports confirmed that there are no survivors.
College baseball coach John Altobelli, his daughter Alyssa Altobelli and wife, Keri Altobelli, girls’ basketball coach Christina Mauser, mom Sarah Chester and her 13-year-old daughter, Payton Chester and pilot Ara Zobayan all lost their lives.
Bryant’s dad, Joe “Jellybean” was also a NBA player. He and his wife, Pamela Cox Bryant, got Kobe on August 23, 1978. Bryant started playing basketball at three, and his dad showed him the first moves.
In his early childhood, Bryant developed his motor skills and good strategy. It was more than obvious that he’d become a basketball star ne day.
Jellybean retired from the NBA and moved to Italy to play European league ball. His grandfather was sending him videos of games, and Bryant analyzed players’ skills and strategies. He was learning from the best.
In a 2010 interview with ESPN, Bryant said he had stolen all his moves from the “greatest players.”
The NBA legend returned for high school, and attended Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. He lived in a competitive area, and this helped him develop his skills.
In 1996, Duke University, University of Kansas, UNC and many others attempted to recruit the Black Mamba. However, he followed his NBA team. The Los Angeles Lakers offered him a workout in 1996.
Bryant entered the NBA at 17, and the Charlotte Hornets signed him as No. 13 pick in the first round of the draft. The Hornets sent Bryant to the Lakers through a trade for Vlade Divac. It was a huge mistake. The rest is history.
Bryant won five titles, made 18 All-Star game appearances and was a one-time season MVP. He sure had a lot to offer, and his words burst with wisdom. Bryant knew what he was doing. He taught the world of the Mamba Mentality.
The Mamba Mentality
The Black Mamba is a deadly snake. That’s pretty much everything you should know about Kobe and his style. He knew how to win games. He understood the game perfectly. In a tribute for the legend, we give you 10 life lessons from the great Kobe Bryant.
10 life lessons from the Black Mamba
1. “The moment you give up is the moment you let someone else win.”
Absolutely true. Elite players are all-in when it comes to winning games. It’s really important that we develop an abundant mindset and strive for the win. If you want something, work for it. You should never ever give up.
2. “If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.”
Petty much everyone is afraid of failure. But, how will you transform this fear into success? It’s time to overcome it and aim for success. Chase your dreams and shut down the little voice in your head. You are good enough.
3. “Haters are a good problem to have. Nobody hates the good ones. They hate the great ones.”
Would you be good instead of great? Of course not. Don’t worry about what others think of you. Try not to impress others. Success comes packed with jealousy. Some people will hate you for all the great things you’ve done in life. You are bigger than that, remember?
4. “I create my own path. It was straight and narrow. I looked at it this way: You were either in my way or out of it.”
According to the Mamba Mentality, nothing can stop you from succeeding in life. Nobody could stop Kobe Bryant. He was the best. Carve your path and stay on it. Ignore all the naysayers. Eliminate negative energy.
5. “Use your success, wealth and influence to put them in the best position to realize their own dreams and find their true purpose.”
Bryant was awesome on and off the court. He managed his own money, and became a philanthropist. The Black Mamba mentored female athletes and provided after-school programs to inner-city kids. Bryant could do it all. You can make a difference, too.
6. “I realized that intimidation didn’t really exist if you’re in the right frame of mind.”
Being belittled or bullied is terrible. However, that experience can help you grow bigger. You will get rid of all the toxic people in your life.
7. “The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”
Bryant was an idol to every young player out there. Players looked up to him. They learned so much from him, and he actually helped them become better on the floor. Find your own inspiration, and enjoy your growth.
8. “Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success.”
Defeat and failure will push you closer to success. We all fail at some point in our life. Keep your positive mindset and turn your negative experience into success. Failure is the best teacher, and it will give you the confidence you need to become a great person.
9. “A lot of leaders fail because they don’t have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord.”
Successful people are brave. Stand up for what you believe is right despite the fact that some people will find this annoying.
Learn something from Mahatma Gandhi, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mendela, Steven Biko and Jesus Christ. You have to be brave to reach the greatest heights.
10. “I can’t relate to lazy people. We don’t speak the same language. I don’t understand you. I don’t want to understand you.”
Bryant liked the game, and he worked hard to become perfect. He started training at three, and spent his childhood watching videos. He wasn’t lazy. Bryant used his talent and worked hard. That’s how he became a NBA legend.
Kobe Bryant may be gone but his wisdom will stay here forever. People share his word, and every statement he made was full of power. Bryant taught us so many things, and he helped us become better people. We will keep growing, Kobe!