Image by WolfWolfWolf from Pixabay | Quotes compilation credit: BrainyQuotes.com
In the wake of Kobe Bryant’s tragic death, Empower Magazine celebrates his amazing life and pays tribute to the spirit of excellence that drove him to dominate and rise to greatness on the court and become among the ranks of the greatest basketball players of our time.
People from all walks of life, sports fans and non-sports fans, alike, could recognize the empowering spirit that made Bryant a force to be reckoned with. His drive, his take no prisoners attitude, his absolute sold-out passion for the game were on clear display every time he graced a court.
Without question, he was a force operating in his own stratosphere, driven by his love of basketball and his passion for excellence. His Oscar for Best Animated Short Film at the 90th Academy Awards for Dear Basketball was a clear indicator that Bryant was poised to have the same impact in the film and media realm as he did in the sports arena.
We salute the indomitable, unmatched spirit of basketball legend, Kobe Bryant in his own words:
Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.
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.
If you want to be great at something, there’s a choice you have to make. What I mean by that is, there are inherent sacrifices that come along with that. Family time, hanging out with friends, being a great friend, being a great son, nephew, whatever the case may be.
I’ve played with IVs before, during and after games. I’ve played with a broken hand, a sprained ankle, a torn shoulder, a fractured tooth, a severed lip, and a knee the size of a softball. I don’t miss 15 games because of a toe injury that everybody knows wasn’t that serious in the first place.
The most important thing is you must put everybody on notice that you’re here and you are for real.
We can always kind of be average and do what’s normal. I’m not in this to do what’s normal.
These young guys are playing checkers. I’m out there playing chess.
I’m chasing perfection.
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.
My parents are my backbone. Still are. They’re the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.
I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.
And he was, singularly, Kobe Bryant. He came to play and to win – and he did both masterfully.