Lessons We Can Learn From Kobe Bryant

Updated on February 1, 2020
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Deborah is a writer, healer, and teacher. Her goal is to help people live their best lives every day by sharing her joy and love of life.

Inspire Others


Gone Too Soon

The sudden passing of basketball legend Kobe Bryant shocked millions of people. Not only basketball fans, but also common, ordinary people.

In the aftermath of this tragic loss, we can collectively look back with gratitude and appreciation at the remarkable gift that Kobe Bryant gave the world.

So much more than a gifted basketball player, he excelled in many other areas of life. He inspired millions of people to do and be the best they can.

We owe it to ourselves and to the memory of Kobe Bryant to take his words and his deeds and apply them fearlessly to our own lives. The untimely loss of a hero offers a chance to evaluate one's own contribution to the world and to the lives of those we love.

Legends never die. In the case of Kobe Bryant, let's each try and inspire someone's life through our own.

Six Important Lessons From Kobe Bryant

1. Remember that life is short. Appreciate Now.

2. Keep moving forward. Don't let negativity or fear stop you.

3. Be the best at being you.

4. Work hard and don't give up.

5. Visualize your own greatness.

6. Adopt the mindset of a winner.

Life is Short


Keep Moving Forward

Kobe Bryant didn't let life get him down. He knew the value of each moment. When things got hard, Kobe put his head down and worked harder. He kept moving forward, always doing his best and always smiling.

Our lesson is to enjoy the present moment. Enjoy this fleeting life, because we never know when it will end. As Kobe said, "Put one foot in front of the other, smile and just keep on rolling."

You Do You


Be the Best at Being You

Kobe Bryant knew what he wanted, and he worked to achieve and receive it. He didn't let the opinions of others get him down. He didn't let gossip, negative talk or tabloids crush his dreams.

Kobe drowned out the haters and embraced the beauty of his own dreams. He worked hard to achieve those dreams, and he didn't let anything stand in his way.

Our lesson from Kobe is to do our own thing. Whatever your dream calls you to, chase it, embrace it and do your best to live your life to the fullest. It doesn't matter what other people think, say or do. You do you.

Work Hard, Repeat


You Can Achieve Great Things

Kobe Bryant was so much more than a basketball player. He was a basketball legend. He was a husband. A father. A film producer. A writer. A musician.

When Kobe wanted to do something new, he did it. He didn't make excuses for why it wouldn't work. He didn't whine about how hard it was to do something new. He worked hard and continued working hard, until he achieved success.

We too can create a new thing. We can each do something remarkable in our own lives. First, determine that you want to do a new thing. Then, do it. Work hard, repeat. Hard work and perseverance always win out over just plain talent, no matter what endeavor you attempt.

Visualize Your Own Greatness


Dream Bigger

Kobe Bryant knew that in order to be great, he needed to see himself as great. He spent a lot of time visualizing his own success, seeing his own greatness and creating his own best version of himself.

Each one of us has an opportunity to tap into the power of creative visualization. Visualize your success as you drop off to sleep at night. In the morning, take a few moments to imagine your greatness. During each day, take a few moments to close your eyes and imagine the greatest, best version of yourself. Then, as you move through the day, do things that reflect that greatness.

Adopt the Mindset of a Winner

Six Best Lessons from Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant's sudden death shocked millions of people. Unfortunately, it is these moments of greatest loss that bring people together. Hopefully, we can learn from his great life, some lessons that will help each of us improve our own lives.

Remember that life is short. You never know when you're will be over. Love people, be kind and appreciate each moment. There is always a reason to smile.

Keep moving forward. Regardless of setbacks, negative people or hard circumstances, always continue making forward progress.

Show up as the best version of yourself. People may or may not like you. Don't focus on that. Focus on liking yourself and showing up authentically, being the very best version of yourself.

Persistence, perseverance and hard work will always make more progress than sheer talent. Work hard and never give up.

If you can dream it, you can create it. Spend time visualizing and creating the best life you can imaging, no matter what that looks like.

Winners don't quit. Winners work hard. Winners always try more. Don't give up. Just keep moving forward.

Hopefully, these lessons from Kobe Bryant will inspire your life.

Namaste, friends.


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    • Deborah Demander profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Demander Reno 

      7 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Peggy, you've got that right! Life is shorter than we expect. That's why we must enjoy every moment to the fullest.

    • Deborah Demander profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Demander Reno 

      7 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Eric, you make a great point. I think most "great" people find and surround themselves with equally magnificent souls.

      I myself have found a tribe of strong, uplifting, encouraging people. And the energy just keeps flowing.


    • Deborah Demander profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Demander Reno 

      7 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Ruby, I think you are right. The key to life and happiness is to love yourself.


    • Deborah Demander profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Demander Reno 

      7 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Umesh, Thank you for the comment.

      Kobe was really the inspiring one.


    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      7 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Many accolades are now being heard as to how Kobe Bryant lived his life. The legacy he will leave behind him is an inspirational one. One thing is certain: life is short!

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I never followed the man as a basketball legend. I can now see why he was so loved by so many. I heard a quick piece on the radio by a friend in tribute. He spoke of the others we lost and made clear that all those lives were equally lost. Made me think how Kobe surrounded himself with good people.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This was a very inspiring read. The key is loving one's self. Thank you..

    • bhattuc profile image

      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      7 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Very motivating and encouraging. Thanks for posting.


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