31 Jan, 2020

The Legend of Kobe Bryant

This week we lost an absolute legend from the sporting world, as 5 times NBA winner, Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash along with his 13 year old daughter and 7 other people.

 

I really want to reflect on his life and what we can all take away from this tragedy, regardless of whether you knew who Kobe Bryan was.

 

To me, he represents so much of what I think is important and I believe there are many lessons we can learn which I would like to share with you.

 

Kobi Bryant once said, “The most important thing is to try and inspire people, so that they can be great at whatever they want to do”

 

If you know me, you know that is the most important thing in the world to me.

 

I was obsessed with another sporting legend, Michael Jordan who was also a huge inspiration to Kobe. Even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of basketball, people who achieved great things, were always of interest to me.

 

We remain alive for as long as people remember us. How many people around the world will remember Kobi Bryant in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, 50 years?

 

Kobe said that when Phil Jackson became his coach at LA Lakers, he learned a lot about mindfulness and how to play the game more effortlessly.

 

What is it in your life that you feel you have to pass onto other? My Dad used to say “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” and my mum “There is an answer to everything”

 

I continue their legacy and say these two things to many people on a regular basis.

 

At some stage in our lives, we all have to look to the future and leave behind a legacy.

 

Kobi was always interested in getting better and improving.  He always wanted to go to the next level. Tex Winter, former assistant coach at the Chicago Bulls, played a major part in Kobi’s life.

 

I think, as did Kobi, that the goal of life is to learn and grow, almost in a childlike way. Getting better for him was like a drug.

 

Can you see that you are here to get grow and get better? Or have you just settled for a life of mediocrity? What are you striving towards?

 

If you have a hero or someone you look up to, are you putting into practice what they stand for?

 

In order to grow, we need to challenge ourselves and go through pain to stretch our skills.

 

Right now, do you have any goals in life? More importantly, do you have a strategy in place to achieve those goals?

 

If you need help to turn your goals into a reality, then ASK for help. Please never forget that.

 

I want to thank you Kobi Bryant – you inspired me, and will forever stay alive with me.

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1 Comment

  1. Diana

    Making others feel special each and every day.

    Ordinary people need to feel special in their own right in their ordinary lives inspiring others in their own special way.

    Having a plan and strategy – a passionate purpose – be an amazing example to others!!!

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