30 Inspiring Kobe Bryant Quotes (Goalcast)

Kobe Bryant and has daughter Gianna
The Late Kobe Bryant and His Daughter Gianna, who passed away in a helicopter accident on January 26, 2019.

Kobe was a 5-time NBA champion and Oscard award-winner for his short film “Dear Basketball.” His success, both on and off the court, won him many fans from all walks of life. Here I present ~30 of his most motivational quotes, most of which were taken from the Goalcast article here. I also added a handful of quotes from the following short Kobe Bryant interview–entitled “What if today Was Your Last Day?” I think it is well worth your time. (Update: The video was removed but you can access the quotes below.)

30 Inspiring Kobe Bryant Quotes

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.

Rest at the end, not at the middle. And that’s something I always live by. I’m not going to rest, I’m going to keep pushing now. There’s a lot of answers I don’t have–question I don’t have. But I’m just going to keep going.

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.

The challenge for me was always compassion and empathy. I started really making a conscious effort to better understand. That doesn’t mean when you have compassion and empathy you go soft on them. It’s more like you put yourself in their shoes and understand what they’re feeling, and then you have to make certain decisions–what buttons do I need to push for this player to get them to the next level. As a leader, your job is to get the best out of them, even if they don’t like it at the time.

It has its ups and downs. Things are never perfect. But through love, you continue to persevere, you move through. And through that storm, a beautiful sun emerges. Inevitably another storm come. Guess what? You ride that one out, too.

I think love is a certain determination, a persistence to go through the good times and the bad times with someone or something that you truly love.

For more, see This Is Why I Became Successful (Kobe Bryant).

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