To motivate you, here are 12 quotes from Kobe Bryant to help you develop a winner mindset, mamba mentality and to provide perception into the mindset of the legendary basketball player who we lost on January 26, 2020, in a tragic helicopter crash.
Inspiring Kobe Bryant Quotes On Mamba Mentality And Developing Winner Mindset
#1. “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.”
No matter how many bad situations or hardships you face in life, you just need to put a smile on your face and to keep on rolling.
#2. “When we are saying this cannot be accomplished, this cannot be done, then we are short-changing ourselves. My brain, it cannot process failure. It will not process failure. Because if I have to sit there and face myself and tell myself, ‘You’re a failure,’ I think that is worse, that is almost worse than death.”
The day you stop trying and accept failure as your destiny, you just stop growing. Kobe did not followed this mindset; he never accepted failure as “The End”, he worked hard and proved that he is a legend.
#3. “I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.”
Do whatever you can do in your ability to become better in your skills. Never stop improving, no matter you win or lose.
#4. “I would watch Magic play, I would watch Michael play, and I would see them do these unbelievable things, and I’d say you know can I get to that level? I don’t know but let’s find out.”
#5. “Everything was done to become a better basketball player, everything, and so when you have that point of you then literally the world becomes your library to help you to become better at your craft.”
When you do everything in your capacity to find ways to become better at your craft, the universe conspires for you to achieve it. The world then literally becomes your library. Embed such mindset in yourself.
#6. “The mindset isn’t about seeking a result—it’s more about the process of getting to that result. It’s about the journey and the approach. It’s a way of life. I do think that it’s important, in all endeavours, to have that mentality.”
Love the process, do not get obsessed with the results.
#7. “The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”
It should not always be about you if you are just thinking about yourself; you would grow just a little bit. When you decide to inspire people and do something for them, you try to get better.
#8.”When you make a choice and say, ‘Come hell or high water, I am going to be this,’ then you should not be surprised when you are that. It should not be something that is intoxicating, or out of character because you have seen this moment for so long that … when that moment comes, of course, it is here because it has been here the whole time because it has been (in your mind) the whole time.”
What you think so you become. That’s what subconscious mind is for, you just need to decide what you wanna do.
#9. “My attitude is such that if you push me towards something you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.”
When people try to underestimate, you show them what you really are. Never ever give up or think low of yourself.
#10. “I have nothing in common with lazy people who blame others for their lack of success. Great things come from hardwood and perseverance. No excuses.”
Do not become a blamer who just blames everyone but not himself when he loses. Be accountable.
#11. “The moment you give up is the moment you let someone else win.”
Winners never quit, and quitters never win.
#12. “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.”
Do not lie to yourself. If you know yourself, no one in this world can make you feel low. Just embrace your negatives, and then you can make them your strength.
But I would end this article with my favourite quote by Kobe:
“I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.”
This quote reminds me that it is important to get inspired but in the end never try to copy anyone, just be yourself and do what you got to do.