Yesterday, January 26, 2020, basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna passed away along with seven other people in a tragic helicopter accident.
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RIP to the great Kobe Bryant who died in a helicopter crash earlier today, sadly with his daughter Gianna who was just 13 years old along with 3 other people. Such a tragedy and gone far too soon…I only got to meet Kobe once in person, shaking his enormous hands and congratulating him on his all his success as I’ve been a fan of his all my life. His infamous work ethic and dedication to being the best basketball player, and lately an investor, that he could be, was so inspiring and everyone can learn from it. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all his many, many fans worldwide, today we lost a true legend and the world is a lesser place because of it. RIP Kobe you will be missed greatly! #ripkobe #ripkobebryant #gonetoosoon #legendsneverdie
The news was shocking to me on so many levels.
Kobe was taken from us too soon … but his influence didn’t end with his legendary basketball career. The media outlets continue to focus on his impressive career statistics but are missing the bigger story…
Yes, Kobe scored his way to an impressive twenty-four 50-point games and made 8,368 free throws contributing to his 33,583 point total in his NBA career — the fourth-highest point total of all time. He long held the third position until LeBron James passed him last week. Kobe’s last tweet was him congratulating LeBron.
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Kobe’s Final Tweet
Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother 💪🏾 #33644
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 26, 2020
Kobe Bryant was a true sportsman who lived his life to the fullest. His relentless passion and determination allowed him to become one of the greatest basketball players of all time … But he was more than just a legendary basketball player. He was an incredible father, investor, philanthropist, and an inspiration for an entire generation.
Kobe’s Dedication to Be the Best
When most people think of Kobe Bryant, they’ll remember him as a great basketball player. But he wasn’t gifted with the talent — he earned it.
He was famous for practicing his three-pointers and free throws until three or four in the morning. Some days, his teammates would come into practice at 5 a.m. and he’d still be there — practicing those shots.
His teammates often exclaimed…
“Wow — you beat us here.”
… and Kobe would calmly respond…
“I never left.”
For those of us who believe in really trying to be the best and those with crazy work ethics, he’s one of the hardest workers you’ll ever meet.
I met Kobe at a charity event a few years ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to talk to him. I’ve had my run-ins with celebrities over the years and this was a really quick one. But I did get to shake his enormous hand and congratulate him on his success. I said a few words and he smiled and was very gracious.
He didn’t show off his immense wealth or rub it in people’s faces. For him, it was never about money or fame. He just wanted to be the best — it was all about the challenge.
Living Life for the Challenge
I think a lot of people do things for fame or money. Our entire society is obsessed with posting their “success” online and being instantly gratified. Chasing money doesn’t lead to success because it means you’re doing it for the wrong reasons.
Now, more than ever, we need to learn from Kobe. Growing up, he was a role model for millions of people, including me. The public rarely saw the blood, sweat, and tears he sacrificed to become the legend we’ll remember. He didn’t put in those long hours at the gym and on the court because of the money. He loved the game and was willing to go all in to become the best.
There’s no secret to becoming successful. No matter what industry you’re in or where you are in your journey, it comes down to hard work. One day money won’t be enough for you to keep working hard. That moment will separate the good from the great.
The great will keep going because for them … it was never about the money.
If you chase fame and money and ultimately become successful — your life will be meaningless.
I know a lot of unhappy rich people. From the bare minimum I knew about Kobe, he was very happy. He had a beautiful family and worked hard for his success.
Life Is Short — Don’t Wait
People will bash this post and tell me to mourn him in private, but I don’t do anything privately. I think we can all share our feelings — whether we succeed or it’s a tough time and we fail. I’m proud to be open about my feelings.
January 26 was a tough day for me. Kobe’s passing hit me hard. And I also posted about the coronavirus going around China. As I write, the death toll has jumped to at least 81 people and over 2,700 people have been infected in more than a dozen countries.
Some reports are saying over 90,000 people are infected. Reliable information about the outbreak is difficult to find, but all I’m seeing is a lot of sad news.
All we can do is realize that life is precious. Any one of us can go at any time. It doesn’t matter how successful you are or how rich you are. Life is unpredictable so don’t live with regrets. Live your life to the max.
If you’re studying — study hard. If you’re working right now, don’t be afraid to work harder — challenge yourself.
Work hard and try to become the best. Not for fame or money — but for the challenge of it.
Think like the samurai. Be the absolute best warrior you can be no matter the situation. Some of you are stay-at-home moms and dads — be the best stay-at-home parent you can because we have no idea what tomorrow may bring.
Once you have the right mindset … refine… refine … refine. You won’t be perfect the first time.
R.I.P. Kobe Bryant
Life comes at you fast…
R.I.P. Kobe Bryant. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all his fans around the world. We lost a true legend and it’s incredibly sad.
In my Instagram post, I used the hashtag #legendsneverdie.
We will remember him. We will remember what he believed in and we will honor him.
I think that’s how you live forever. It’s not about you living forever, it’s about your ideals that can be passed down to others.
Kobe was taken unexpectedly and far too soon … but he passed down what he believed in and now many other people are picking up his torch.
I’m sure he’s proud of the life he lived. I’ll never forget my idol.
What’s your favorite Kobe Bryant moment? I love hearing from you.