25 powerful quotes from Kobe Bryant that are all the motivation you need

25 powerful quotes from Kobe Bryant that are all the motivation you need

The entire world is deeply mourning the loss of a real-life shooting star.

During my childhood days, I remember being the worst at throwing hoops in the backyard court. The other kids called me “two short legs”. However, on the rare occasions I managed to get one in, I’d scream at the top of my voice, just as everyone else did and louder than even the oldest kids could, “Kobe!!!”

Kobe Bryant was a legend, one that would never be forgotten.

The life of a national treasure

Named after the famous Kobe beef of Japan, basketball was all Bryant ever knew since he was 3 [1]. His father, Joe Bryant, was also a professional basketball player. The five-time NBA champion had been born in Philadelphia but spent most of his childhood in Italy. He returned to the U.S. in high school and showed exceptional talent and skill in basketball.

Straight out of high school, Bryant went on to build an astonishing 20-season career in the NBA as a shooting guard for the Lakers.

After two decades of hard work, relentless training, and exceptional passion, Bryant retired in 2016 as an 18-time All-Star winner, 15-time member of the ALL-NBA team, 12-time member of the ALL-Defensive team, and the 2008 NBA MVP (Most Valuable Player).

Married to his long-time sweetheart, Vanessa Laine, Bryant had four beautiful daughters; Natalia, 17, Gianna (now late), 13, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.

Black Sunday: Bryant’s tragic death

At 9:45 am on Sunday, 26th January 2020, at the age of 41, Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash with his second daughter, Gianna Bryant and 7 other passengers who were all friends of the family the pilot. Reports say that the helicopter was thrown into an extreme fog and they lost control, crashing into the side of a mountain in California [2].

May the souls of Kobe, Gianna, John, Kerri, Alyssa, Sarah, Payton, Christina and Pilot Ara Zobayan find eternal rest among the stars. Thousands of fans are flocking to Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles with purple and yellow flowers and candles (Lakers’ colors) to pay their last respects to Bryant.

Powerful words of motivation

Aside from basketball, Bryant was known for regularly dishing out mind-blowing words that have helped millions of people overcome challenges [3]. He always said things as they were and was never one to sugarcoat the truth.

Enrich your drive with these 25 famous quotes from a legend:

This is the moment I accept the most challenging times will always be behind me and in front of me.

Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.

The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.

Winning takes precedence over all. There’s no gray area. No almosts.

Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success.

I realized that intimidation didn’t really exist if you’re in the right frame of mind.

I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose.

I’m extremely willful to win, and I respond to challenges. It’s not a challenge to me to win the scoring title, because I know I can.

My parents are my backbone. Still are. They’re the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.

The beauty in being blessed with talent is rising above doubters to create a beautiful moment.

A lot of leaders fail because they don’t have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord.

The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win.

I can’t relate to lazy people. We don’t speak the same language. I don’t understand you. I don’t want to understand you.

If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.

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.

Use your success, wealth and influence to put them in the best position to realize their own dreams and find their true purpose.

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.

We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.

My brain . . . it cannot process failure. It will not process failure. Because if I sit there and have to face myself and tell myself, ‘You’re a failure’ . . . I think that’s almost worse than death.

The most important thing is you must put everybody on notice that you’re here and you are for real.

Trust me, setting things up right from the beginning will avoid a ton of tears and heartache…

I create my own path. It was straight and narrow. I looked at it this way: you were either in my way, or out of it.

We can always kind of be average and do what’s normal. I’m not in this to do what’s normal.

Haters are a good problem to have. Nobody hates the good ones. They hate the great ones.

It’s the one thing you can control. You are responsible for how people remember you—or don’t. So don’t take it lightly.


  1. The incredible life of Kobe Bryant, the 41-year-old basketball legend who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday.Business Insider. Retrieved 01-27-2020.
  2. Live Updates as the World Reacts to Kobe Bryant’s Death.” New York Times. Retrieved 01-27-2020
  3. 25 Kobe Bryant Quotes to Help You Overcome Every Challenge.” Goal Cast. Retrieved 01-27-2020.
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