I spent a few pennies on upgrading my office and working environment throughout lockdown.
One of the purchases was a displate, (metal poster), which has on it :
A constant quest to be the best version of one’s self.’
The quote comes from the NBA Basketball Legend, Kobe Bryant.
He and 8 others unfortunately passed away in a helicopter crash in 2020.
However, if you have read any book by Tim Grover, watched The Last Dance on Netflix, or listened to any of the multiple podcast interviews he was on, you’ll recognize Kobe Bryant.
His work ethic was undeniable.
He was not the most physically gifted NBA player, but his relentless and obsessive approach to being his best self was his guiding light to becoming a legend of the game and an inspiration to most.
The mamba mentality originates from Kobe taking on a different persona or identity when he needed to step up in certain situations.
Kobe described it as….
‘Mamba mentality is all about focusing on the process and trusting in the hard work when it matters most’
I take massive inspiration from Kobe Bryant.
Although I have so much to learn, to see someone else so passionate about something, and working so tirelessly for it, is so impactful.
I have previously created blog posts and graphics around being your captain, and ultimately being your best self.
But the mamba mentality is something even further than this.
It is demanding your best self regardless of the situation, regardless of the challenges and becoming obsessed with the desired outcome.
It is stepping up to bat when everything is against you.
It is doing what you said you would do, even when challenges arise.
It is being your best self even when you want to give up.
I think Kobe left a huge mark on the world, and showed humanity what true work ethic, consistency and obsession looks like.
Plus, you know a basketball player had an impact when Michael Jordan can praise your work ethic and obsession.
Anyway, the point I want to take from this today…
It is not about how much success you have, it is not about the tesla on the doorstep, the rolex on your wrist or the lack of these things.
The journey is about demanding the very best from yourself, and becoming obsessed with growth and progress.
Do this, and not only will you feel a level of contentment and happiness that cannot be found elsewhere, you’ll more than likely have the tesla and rolex too.
RIP Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Alyssa Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, John Altobelli, Christina Mauser and Ara Zobayan.
Demand your best,
Never settle for anything less.
Hope this helps today.