Kobe Bryant gave 20 years of his life to the game of basketball and in his career he gave us some of the best moments we could ask for. He was able to do this because he lived by one phrase “Mamba Mentality.” This means that you live each day trying to be better than the day before. Bryant simply put, that it is constantly trying to be the best version of yourself.
Kobe Bryant did this through his play over the years. Day in and day out, he gave more, played harder, and soared to new heights. You do not win five championships, 2 finals MVPs, a league MVP, 2 scoring titles, get 18 All-star selections, win 4 All-star MVPs, earn numerous All-NBA and All-Defensive team selections, score 81 points in a game along with many other accomplishments without bettering yourself each and every day. Bryant is known for his impeccable work ethic. He would not have accomplished all he has without putting in the work, pushing himself to new limits, and demanding excellence from himself and those around him. That is what Mamba Mentality is to me, doing whatever is necessary to succeed. Bryant showed me that if you work hard, give everything you have, and set out to destroy whatever is in your way, success is inevitable.
We all are capable of performing with Mamba Mentality. The thing is, if you are willing to allow yourself to enter that place. That place is what Bryant has now taught us is a “muse cage.” Bryant tells us to channel all the dark things within yourself like self-doubt, negativity, and criticism and use them to our advantage. Use the bad as motivation because that is what holds us back if we let it. Do not stop yourself from greatness because of darkness in your life. Learn to embrace the darkness and show everyone, including yourself, what you are truly capable of.