In the wake of the tragic events of this past weekend, I wanted to share something. Something he would want shared. The Mamba Mentality.
Kobe Bryant was always the enemy in my eyes. Lakers teams led by him routinely drilled my team, the Mavericks, for 20 years. However, even when he was sending the Mavs home in the playoffs, one thing always remained the same. I respected his mindset.
The Mamba Mentality is simple, but not easy. It’s the opposite of easy. It is that, no matter what, he’ll work harder than anyone else to achieve his goal.
During his career, that goal was to win. His infamous late-night workouts after games and focused offseasons led him 5 championships, 2 NBA Finals MVPs, 15 All-Star appearances, an NBA MVP, and more.
While most agreed that Kobe had natural abilities, allowing him to enter the NBA at the age of 17, no one questions that the Mamba Mentality is what made him one of the greatest of all time.
Kobe would later explain it as “… all about focusing on the process and trusting in the hard work when it matters most”. He never feared that challenge because he knew he had done everything he could to prepare.
He would personally pass on this mindset to others from the next NBA greats to his own daughters. Now, I hope that the single ray of sunlight through this very cloudy time that, one person at a time, this passion to be better spreads.
Whether you aspire to be a great athlete, have a successful business career, or be an amazing parent, the Black Mamba’s approach applies. Hard work, sacrifice, and focus will lead you there.
One of my mentors, Chris Cooper, had a phenomenal line as a group of us were discussing this very topic; “He’s had opportunities that none of us will ever have. But we all have an opportunity he’ll never get: the opportunity of Monday, January 27. Make the most of it in his honor!”
So that’s my challenge to you. Go after something you want with the Mamba Mentality.
“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” – Kobe Bryant