Conflicts of Interests: I am a huge Kobe Bryant and La Lakers fan.
In a recent article by Henry Abbot (a sensational writer) he boldly claims that Kobe Bean Bryant is the reason for the lakers turn of fortunes for the worse. Even though I disagree with him 100% that is not the topic of this post (although it may be in a future post!). What I am more interested in is Kobe’s response to the criticism. I was both anxious and excited as Kobe has become much more open with the media recently as he is approaching the end of his career. His response absolutely shocked me:
“It’s not the first one, it’s not going to be the last one.The one thing I’ve come to understand over the years is that you’ll have a bad story that comes out on a Monday and it seems like it’s the end of the world. It seems like everybody is taking shots at you.
But time goes by, and then you look back and it’s just a Monday. Right? Then have another great story that comes out maybe a month later or something like that and it’s a fantastic story. And then there’s a bad story that comes out a month after that.
It’s a cycle. And things are never as good or as bad as they seem at the moment in time. So you stay focused on the big picture. Things are never really as bleak as they seem at the time. I just kind of roll with it.”
It is NO accident why Kobe Bryant is a 5-time NBA champion along to go with his laundry list of extraordinary individual accolades. He embodies the spirit of a champion unlike many other current NBA stars (who I will not name) who will say all the “right” things but whose actions betray their true nature.
Kobe understands that Failure is a myth. There is no such thing as failure or rejection but just learning lessons. If some people do not have a negative reaction to what you do you have probably not reached a high level in your field. On top of that Kobe understands that there is a process to becoming great. No matter how bleak things may seem they can and will get better.
If you want to reach your full potential it is tantamount that you embody the mindset of a champion that is exhibited by Kobe Bryant on a daily basis. Realize that there is NO such thing as failure just learning lessons and feedback. Also, no matter your current circumstances you have the power to make them better!
Below is an inspiration video I love to watch when thoughts of self-doubt begin to overwhelm me because it reminds me that no matter how hopeless things may seem, they can turn around in ways you never though possible when you just put your head down and work your but off. After the lakers had missed the playoffs for the first time in a while and everyone was decrying Kobe as someone who could never win without Shaq, who would have though just a few years latter Kobe would be holding up his second back to back world championship!
I hope this article gave you some inspiration and tangible things to focus on to help you embody the championship mindset in all aspects of your life. Blogs such as these are much more fun and helpful if there is interaction. So please always feel free to reach out to me on facebook or linkedIn (Pavan Mehat) or shoot me an email at email@example.com.
– The best and most successful realize there is no such thing as failure or rejection just learning experiences
-Success is a cyclical process with both ups and downs.
-No matter how bad things may seem work your butt off and great things can happen.