We reflect on the most thought-provoking quotes from the NBA legend on his birthday.
Earlier last year, the world lost Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash. And in remembrance of his birthday, August 23, we want to take a moment to reflect on some of Kobe Bryant's most thought-provoking, most impactful quotes.
"The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do."
"Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success."
"The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win."
"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."
"We can always kind of be average and do what’s normal. I’m not in this to do what’s normal."
"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."
"I’m extremely willful to win, and I respond to challenges. It’s not a challenge to me to win the scoring title, because I know I can.
"Winning takes precedence over all. There’s no gray area. No almosts."
"This is the moment I accept the most challenging times will always be behind me and in front of me."
"Everything negative—pressure, challenges—is all an opportunity for me to rise."
"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. If you were standing between me and the game, I was going to knock you on your back and not feel bad about it. I was unapologetically me. That's all I ever wanted to be. I was never worried about my reputation—that's how I earned one. That's how I became the Black Mamba."
"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."
"Dedication sees dreams come true."
"I never looked at [basketball] as work. I didn't realize it was work until my first year in the NBA. When I came around, I was surrounded by other professionals and I thought basketball was going to be everything to them and it wasn't. And I was like, 'This is different.' I thought everybody was so obsessive about the game like me. It was like, no? Oh, that's hard work. I get it now."
"I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose."
"If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail."
"Use your success, wealth, and influence to put them in the best position to realize their own dreams and find their true purpose. Put them through school, set them up with job interviews, and help them become leaders in their own right. Hold them to the same level of hard work and dedication that it took for you to get to where you are now, and where you will eventually go."
"Haters are a good problem to have. Nobody hates the good ones. They hate the great ones."
"I remain focused on changing the world in positive ways through diverse stories, characters, and leadership in order to inspire the next generation."
"Have a good time. Life is too short to get bogged down and be discouraged. You have to keep moving. You have to keep going. Put one foot in front of the other, smile, and just keep on rolling."
"I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it."
"I’m here. I’m not going anywhere. No matter what the injury—unless it’s completely debilitating—I’m going to be the same player I’ve always been. I’ll figure it out. I’ll make some tweaks, some changes, but I’m still coming."
"Pain doesn't tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue you will change. Don't let it stop you from being who you can be. Exhaustion tells you when you ought to stop. You only reach your limit when you can go no further."
"It’s an understanding that you can’t have life without death, can’t have light without the dark, right? So it’s an acceptance of that."
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