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Ten Lessons from Kobe Bryant

Kobe! Kobe! Kobe!  We must not mourn the loss of a great basketball player, but rather be thankful for the things that he shared with us all.  Kobe Bryant will go down as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, no doubt unanimously, but this is only a fraction of the impact that he planned to make.  We can say he left this world too soon, but who is to say when your time is? Sad but true, he is gone with his daughter and seven others but his impact will live on forever. Thanks for the memories and the lessons #8, #24!

What made Kobe so special?  What can you learn from his life?  For one, life is what you make it, and the only thing you can control is your reasoned choices.  You can choose to fight for your dreams or live with regrets for what could have been.  Why was Kobe so special? Because he took his failures and defeats and turned them into triumphs.  He chose to live a life full of passion, to give his all every day, to constantly challenge himself to be the best version of himself.  Yes, basketball was his first love, but he gave himself to those around him equally. He knew that for him to be his best self it would require sharing with others his passion, his dreams and helping them become their best selves also.

Lesson #1: Be passionate. Choose to live with passion for something you believe in.

Lesson #2 Failure is a good thing, as long as you learn and grow from it.
In an interview, Kobe talked about being an 11-year-old basketball player and playing a summer league for an entire season and he didn’t score a point! 0!  Really?!  So, for the next ten months he worked his butt off to be a better shooter and learn how to score.  His next season, he scored a few more points but still, Not Good, in his words. So, he worked harder the for the next season.  He came back as a 14-year-old and became the best in the state!

Lesson #3: Work harder than you think possible.

Lesson #4: Be disciplined to put in the time with full effort.
At 17, he was drafted into the NBA by the Charlotte Hornets, who immediately traded him to the Lakers where he became one of the greatest.

Lesson #5 have a growth mindset:
It takes time to become the best version of yourself.  Have a long-term view of your development, nothing happens overnight!

Lesson #6: If you are not challenging yourself, you are not growing and improving.

Lesson #7: Protect your dreams.
Keeping dreams pure is a challenge. Society has a way of destroying them.  If it is something you believe in, go for it!

Lesson #8: No one said it would be easy.
Having good mentors allows for good reflection. They can help keep you on your path, but be open to criticism. It is important to be coachable.

Lesson #9: Have a champions mindset.
You must see yourself succeeding. Champions do everything they can do to succeed. It takes discipline to understand all the components to win consistently.

Lesson #10: If there was one thing that made Kobe successful it was his ability to stick with it, persevere, to have grit. He had a mindset of not giving in to anyone or anything. You must keep going when it gets tough!

While writing this, I couldn’t help but think, no matter what Kobe chose to do, he would have ended up on top.  You see, these “lessons” are not just lessons in basketball. They are lessons for how to live your life, and whether it was in sports or business, his mindset would have helped him succeed and it can help you succeed!  Rest in Peace, you have helped many people around the globe become better versions of themselves. Thanks Kobe!

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