Watching Kobe as a kid shaped how I grew up.
He gave me hope. That better days would always come.
That no matter what the hardships. What the injury. The best would fight through it. There is always hope.
He gave me competitiveness.
Losing SUCKS. Kobe would do anything to win. It's a fire that burns in us when we feel passionate about something. I will not lose. And if I do, I will fight harder and do the impossible.
He showed me the value of hard work.
Any time I feel lazy, I just ask myself: what is Kobe doing right now? Practicing. Practicing. Practicing. And that's way harder than what I'm doing right now.
He made me want to be the best.
Mediocre is never good enough for Kobe. It didn't matter if he was the best in the NBA. He wanted to be the best who ever played the game. Always aim higher. There is always a higher north star.
Kobe's Gift To Me: The Winner's Mindset
A gift I will cherish forever.