NBA Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant is a five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist. Not many people know how spiritual and connected Kobe was to the divine. We would like to honor Kobe’s legacy by the lessons we learned from Kobe. One thing we can all be reminded of is how precious life is, and to cherish every moment we have with the ones we love. Here are 8 of our favorite Kobe Bryant quotes & lessons below.
1. Constantly Seek Growth
“It’s really about wanting to learn and feeling like your cup is always empty, because there’s always more that you can fill it with. That’s really the important thing and just continuing to learn, learn, learn.”
2. Learn From Others
“I cold call people and pick their brain about stuff. Some of the questions I ask seem really really simple and some of them seem stupid, quite honestly, for them. But if I don’t know, I don’t know. I have to ask. I’ll just do that and ask questions. I want to learn more about how they build their business and how they run their companies and how they see the world.”
3. Seek Challenge
“I have moments and I have days where I doubt myself. But to me, that’s the exciting part of the challenge.That’s when I realize this is a great opportunity to come out and show everybody this is how you bounce back. This is how you respond to a challenge.”
“I was barking orders left and right. And these grown men are looking at me, like “Who the hell are you?” But I had studied the game so much. As I got older, I started understanding it’s not just about the game. People carry emotions with them. They have lives off the court. That helped me communicate better.”
5. One Step at a Time
“In 2003, I was going through the Colorado situation, and it was very tough. I had to ask myself what I wanted to accomplish. I want to keep my family together. Have to focus on that. I’m a good basketball player: I want more championships. Focus on that. Every endorsement I had, they dropped me. Every marketing person said, “You can’t be fixed.” So I start chopping the problem into smaller pieces, and I focus on them. What else are you going to do?”
6. Inspire Those Around You
“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do. It’s the one thing you can control. You are responsible for how people remember you—or don’t. So don’t take it lightly. ”
7. Learn to Sacrifice
“If you want to be great at something, there’s a choice you have to make. What I mean by that is, there are inherent sacrifices that come along with that. Family time, hanging out with friends, being a great friend, being a great son, nephew, whatever the case may be.”
8. Rise Above Negativity
“Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.