The Mamba Mentality:

What We Can Learn From Kobe Bryant

descriptive terms I would choose would be passionate and resolute. Those are traits that have come to strongly resonate with me, characteristic as they are of the kind of person that I strive to be every day. He inspired me, a point that I have been ru- minating on a lot these past few weeks in the wake of his sudden passing. So, while we mourn the tragedy, I want to take this opportunity to reflect on the traits I most associated with him, because they were what in my mind made him great, and what made Kobe great serves as inspiration to maximize our time on this Earth. I followed his entire career. He was


one of those players that I will be talking with fellow basketball enthusiasts about for the rest of my life. When I think about Kobe, his resolute quest for greatness is the first thing that comes to mind, not just in the game of basketball for which he is best known, but in his life in general. His ca- reer in the NBA was Top 10 all-time great, of course; it was his transition to his post- basketball life, though, that I admired most. Few players in the history of the game were as passionate about basketball as Kobe, but when his body told him it was time to retire, he listened and then he

s an observer of his life and career, if I were asked to play word asso- ciation for Kobe Bryant, the two

channeled his passion elsewhere. To flow gracefully from one phase of

life to another, finding new ways to posi- tively contribute to the world, was one of

Kobe’s skills that all of us could learn. Among other endeavors, he converted the poem (referenced below) that announced his retirement into a documentary short

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