If you died today, What would others say about your life? Would they use such terms as legacy? Would they say you walked with Legends with the gifts that you were granted? Maybe a better question is: If this was your last day, how would you describe your life?
I can’t help but think of the late Kobe Bryant when I think of someone who lived a legendary life. He left behind an incredible example for all of us to live by. Kobe pursued greatness in everything he did here on earth. He not only left an incredible legacy; he truly lived a legendary life 41 short years.
At 12 years old little Kobe didn’t score one point all season on his basketball team. Between 12 and 13 Kobe practiced 2 to 3 hours every day outside of his team practice. He worked on ball-handling, shooting, and creating shots. By 13, he got a little better and started scoring a few points in the games. He continued the same routine between 13 and 14. By the end of his 14th year, he was declared the best basketball player in his state at his age. In 2 short years, he went from zero points all season in his games to the best player in the state. He was at the very beginning of a legendary basketball career that started with an obsession to get better every day. A little more than five years after scoring zero points at 12, Kobe Bryant entered the NBA at 17. Kobe went on to play 20 seasons in the NBA, where he was a five-time NBA Champion and was considered one of the greats of all time. Truly Legendary.
He didn’t stop at basketball; he was a devoted husband and father. Kobe truly lived for his family.
After his basketball career, he became a businessman, author, and won an Oscar for his short film, Dear Basketball.
Kobe’s work ethic and obsession with becoming the best in everything he did is know known as The Mamba Mentality, his legacy. Kobe once said in an interview, “by chasing things that are higher than where I am today allows me to play in a world that takes the impossible to the possible.” Kobes mamba mentality was an obsession to strive to get better every day. The only way to win is to grow.
It’s a new year; It’s a new decade. Its time to make goals that will stretch you from where you are now to grow into living your legendary life. Your legacy will be your life story. The question is: Who do you want to be, and how do you want to be remembered?
Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, once said, “How can I be the best in the world.”
This is an excellent question to live by and ask yourself daily.
My favorite question I ask myself daily is: IS THIS THE BEST I CAN DO? The answer to this question in every area of my life discovers today’s lessons and tomorrow’s pursuits.
Here are 10 values of living a legendary life.
Become obsessive about your goals.
Strive to deliver your best all the time, no matter what.
Maintain the student mindset. Every day represents an opportunity to learn and get better.
Make others better around you — servant mentality.
Inspire others by your actions.
Get in the Zone-100% present in your work of art.
Stay hungry, regardless of your results.
After reviewing the 10 values, What areas do you need to focus on to get better so that you will be on the road to living a legendary life?
Everyone was born with unique gifts. Whether its playing basketball like Kobe Bryant or the founder of Apple like Steve Wozniak, the legend is buried in the obsession to be great, and greatness is discovered by your daily pursuits.
In closing, every day is an opportunity to build on your legacy and live your legendary life. It is a new year and a new decade. Make this day, week, month, quarter, and year count.