Mamba Mentality: Embrace The Pain Of Getting Better Everyday

Kobe Bryant, NBA and Lakers legend, along wth his daughter Gianna and 7 others passed away last week. This was shocking. And I took it hard because I’ve been watching and following Kobe since before he got to the league; he became the player I followed the most after Michael Jordan retired. So I grew up with Kobe, and he was a big inspiration for me.

An inspiration not just because he was a very driven and skilled basketball player, he was more than that by evidence of his ventures outside of basketball. More importantly to me is the mindset, I always identified with MJ and his mentality. Kobe lived by the “Mamba Mentality”, which is about embracing the process of getting better; not the result. The result comes from the dedication to ones craft.

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In the process, there is going to be pain. But pain is growth.

With that said, here’s the Lakers tribute video to Kobe Bryant:

Bottome line: In any domain of life, there will be challenges. Overcoming these challenges is a never ending process. Yes, talent helps. But talent alone isn’t enough if you don’t put in the work. You should act as if you don’t have any talent whatsoever. Remember, obsession beats talent.

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