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20 Rules From Kobe Bryant to Remind Us That We Should Celebrate Life

Kobe Bryant’s and Gianna’s sudden passing shook the entire world. Everyone is still in disbelief, and countless people are mourning over the loss of one of the greatest basketball players of all time and his daughter, and this made people remember just how fragile our lives are. But it also reminded people of Kobe’s everlasting accomplishments throughout his life, both in his career and his personal life.

In honor of his legacy, Bright Side compiled some of Kobe’s most extraordinary quotes, that can teach us a lot about his attitude toward life, success, family, and hard work.

  • The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.
  • Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success.
  • I’m extremely willful to win, and I respond to challenges. It’s not a challenge to me to win the scoring title, because I know I can.

  • My parents are my backbone. Still are. They’re the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.

  • The beauty in being blessed with talent is rising above doubters to create a beautiful moment.
  • The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win.
  • I can’t relate to lazy people. We don’t speak the same language. I don’t understand you. I don’t want to understand you.
  • Pain doesn’t tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back, because it knows if you continue you will change.
  • I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it
  • My brain, it cannot process failure. It will not process failure. Because if I sit there and have to face myself and tell myself, “You’re a failure,” I think that’s almost worse than death.
  • Winning takes precedence over all. There’s no gray area. No almosts.
  • We can always kind of be average and do what’s normal. I’m not in this to do what’s normal.
  • Haters are a good problem to have. Nobody hates the good ones. They hate the great ones.
  • It’s the one thing you can control. You are responsible for how people remember you or don’t. So don’t take it lightly.
  • There’s a choice that we have to make as people, as individuals. If you want to be great at something, there is a choice you have to make. We can all be masters at our craft, but you have to make a choice.
  • If you are going to be a leader, you are not going to please everybody. You have to hold people accountable. Even if you have that moment of being uncomfortable.
  • I have nothing in common with lazy people who blame others for their lack of success. Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.
  • Be sad. Be mad. Be frustrated. Scream. Cry. Sulk. When you wake up, you will think it was just a nightmare only to realize it’s all too real. You will be angry and wish for the day back, the game back, THAT play back. But reality gives nothing back and nor should you.
  • 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.
  • I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.

Kobe was and will remain a role model for millions of people. His life was truly amazing, his dedication to perfection and work ethic were admirable, and we can see from his mindset that he had a very unique outlook on life.

What particularly inspires you from Kobe’s legendary success in his career as an NBA player, and in life overall?

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