About 8 And 24

The most important thing is to try and inspire people so they can be great in whatever they want to do.”
-Kobe Bryant

Last week, the world lost a huge inspiration, a legend, a leader, a role model, a fighter, a father figure, a Black Mamba. Not just the world of basketball. Not just the world of sports. The range of influence this man had goes beyond court lines and basketball hoops, beyond gym walls. I remember seeing businessmen and university professors use his interviews and quotes in order to strengthen and clarify concepts, related to leadership and hunger for success.

For the past seven days, social media has been flooded with videos about the man’s accomplishments, relationships with teammates, attitude and reaction when faced with tough situations. My favorite memory of him was when he came back from an Achilles’ heel injury. His recovery time had taken more than a year, but it did not stop him from coming back to the court and actually playing again. It did stop him from doing what he loved doing most. Is this not what purpose is all about?

I started playing basketball at the age of two  and then moved on to high school basketball for 4 years, and although I am better known as a football addict, I still enjoy watching and playing a good game of basketball. In his poem “Dear Basketball”, Kobe‘s spark of love for the quick-paced and high-intensity sport was just like Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s love for football.  These men make their games seem so easy.

He always had this hunger in his stomach for more. Failure was never an option, not in his eyes. When his back was against the wall, whether it was injuries, difficult game situations or even sexual assault accusations in 2003, nothing mattered more to him than how he was going to react to it all on the court: like he had nothing to lose and ‘here and now’ was all that mattered. Former NBA player Tracy McGrady proves it in an interview during which he explains the origin of Kobe’s  nickname “Black Mamba”.

“Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is an opportunity for me to rise”.
-Kobe Bryant

More than an amazing athlete, this man was an amazing person. He took it upon himself to be there for those in need: family, friends, teammates, athletes from other sports. This is what added to the influence of magic that he had on tennis and football players like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic (who even called him “his mentor”), Lionel Messi and Neymar.

As human beings, we can only control two things, the only two things that actually matter in this life:

  1. Who we want to be in this life. What sort of life we want to live.
  2. How we want people to remember us once our time comes.

And nobody did it better than the Black Mamba.

If you are seeking motivation to go get things done.
If you are seeking help in hard times.
If you have dreams and inspirations to make it big.
Maybe you should look into the Black Mamba’s life and the way he tackled things.
He inspired me. He keeps on doing it every day even after he died.

Thank you, Kobe Bryant.
For the memories.
For the lessons.
For your passion.
For your dedication.


2 thoughts on “About 8 And 24

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