“We’re up here because we had a dream and let nothing stand in our way. If anything tried to bring us down, we used it to make us stronger. We were never satisfied, never finished, we’ll never be retired.” – Kobe Bryant in today’s Tip 377
Rest In Peace Kobe!
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Scott Ingram: You’re listening to the Daily Sales Tips podcast and I’m your host, Scott Ingram. Over the next three days, I wanted to do a little mini-series in honor of Kobe Bryant. For whatever reason, I seem to be taking the loss of this great man harder than the loss of just about any other person I didn’t actually know. Maybe it’s because we’re the same age, but really I think it’s because without this accident I have to imagine that he hadn’t even made it to the halftime of his life. I certainly hope I haven’t even gotten to the halftime of my life. Being cut off like that when you know that he wasn’t just sitting back and relaxing after retiring from Basketball. He was going to create an even bigger legacy, and legacy was definitely a big deal for Kobe. He talked about it a lot, so I wanted to do what I could do to memorialize just some of the contributions he made to inspire so many of us. Starting with this short speech that he gave after receiving the ESPYS Icon Award along with Peyton Manning and Abby Wambach:
Kobe Bryant: Thank you. It’s amazing to be standing here alongside Abby and Peyton. And Abby decided to retire after a compelling world cup victory. Peyton hung up his cleats after yet another Superbowl win. And so for me, I tend to do things a little differently. So a felt impressive 17 for 65 seasons will be a bold statement to wrap up a 20-year career. In all seriousness, I have a lot of respect for these two. And we grew up in our sports together and I know the sacrifices that went along with standing here today and we’re not on the stage just because of talent or ability. We’re up here because of 4:00 AM we’re up here because of 2 days or 5 days. We’re up here because we had a dream and let nothing stand in our way. If anything tried to bring us down, we used it to make a stronger. We were never satisfied, never finished, we’ll never be retired. My high school English teacher, Ms. Fisk, I actually paid attention one time in class and she said you had this beautiful quote: “Rest at the end, not in the middle.” And I took that to heart. I believe there’s time for resting at the end. But for me, that time is not now. Thank you for this tremendous honor and for acknowledging my basketball career, but I’m far from dumb. My next dream is to be honored one day for inspiring the next generation of athletes to have a dream sacrifice for it and never, ever rest in the middle. Thank you to my wonderful family, wife …
Scott Ingram: I’ll say the same thing now, that I wrote in the LinkedIn post the day after his passing, after getting up at 4-am in his honor: Your end came way too soon Kobe. May you Rest In Peace.
Now stay tuned tomorrow for I kid you not, Kobe Bryant on cold calling. Thanks for listening.