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The Legacy Of Kobe Bryant And Gaining A New Perspective

“Reality gives nothing back and nor should you.

Time to move on and focus on doing everything in your power to prepare for surgery, ask all the questions to be sure you understand fully the procedure so that you may visualise it in your subconscious while being operated on and better the chance of it’s success.

Then focus on the recovery process day by day by day.

It’s a long journey but if you focus on the mini milestones along the way you will find beauty in the struggle of doing simple things that prior to this injury were taken for granted.

This will also mean that when you return you will have a new perspective.

You will be so appreciative of being able to stand, walk, run that you will train harder than you ever have.

You see the belief within you grow with each mini milestone and you will come back a better player for it.”

– Kobe Bryant, Basketball Legend (Advice given to fellow professional Gordon Hayward who had been struggling with recovery from an injury.)

I had thought today’s post would be about Brexit – because after all of the delays, it finally happens this Friday 31st January.

But news yesterday of the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant took my attention and enough has been written about Brexit.

Even if you’re not into the sport, you have probably heard of Kobe – because he has been one of the main super-players of the last 20 years in the sport.

The retired N.B.A star, 41, and his daughter Gianna were among nine people in a helicopter that crashed in California yesterday. It’s a major shock to the global sporting world – and tragic with the loss of all lives.

During his playing career, Kobe was obsessed with being the best he could be.

And the above quote gives an insight into how he viewed success and life – especially when you are challenged in the tough times.

When I was looking for quotes to inspire me last year, following my Achilles surgery, the above was one that resonated.

Maybe it will with you too, because setbacks inevitably happen in many different ways.

Post basketball, Kobe was focused on inspiring others through the power of story. And what you may not know is that as well as winning all of the major trophies in basketball, he also won an Oscar.

His turned the poem he wrote on his retirement, ‘Dear Basketball’, into a short movie. And incredibly it ended up being short-listed at the AcademyAwards and then winning his category.

Kobe has left this world suddenly which will leave sadness to the children and many adults who saw him as a hero.

But his legacy is one of a person who was committed to success and also to the inspiration of others.

Maybe you can find inspiration in Kobe’s words above this week, and perhaps in this one also;

“The mindset isn’t about seeking a result

– it’s more about the process of getting to that result.

It’s about the journey and the approach.

It’s a way of life.

I do think that it’s important, in all endeavours, to have that mentality.”



PS – You can watch the short movie that won him the Oscar here.

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