As the culture mourns the death of basketball icon Kobe Bryant, I cant help but reflect on the many ways his life has inspired me. Here is one…
In 1997, a young Kobe Bryant attempted to put his team on his back and carry them past the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference playoffs. As the 4th Quarter ticked away, Kobe attempted four shots to win the game… and all four failed to even hit the rim.
Kobe was devastated. Even worse, he was ridiculed, ripped apart and second guessed. Was he good enough to go to the NBA straight from high school? Would he ever live up to the tremendous hype that he brought to LA. Could he ever come through in clutch moments of big games?
The benefit of hindsight tells us the answer to these questions. Kobe’s failure only ignited his passion to work hard, improve his skills and recover. He became a legend, despite his failure. We don’t get to chose whether we fail. As humans, we all will have our turn. However, you we can choose how you recover from your failures!
Choose today not to let your past destroy your future. Your story can be legendary, despite the “airballs” that you’ve shot along the way!
For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity. ~Proverbs 24:16