Tuesday, January 28, 2020

"Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses." Kobe Bryant




I did not know Kobe Bryant and his family, yet I feel like many other Americans feel.  I feel like I just lost a good friend.  I followed his amazing leap from high school basketball to the professional league, and we all watched in awe as he rose to the top of the game.  He was quite a role model for young people.  As a teacher, I liked so many of the traits that comprised Kobe Bryant and made others want to be like him.  Here are my top five favorite Kobe quotes that match five of his wonderful traits. 

1.  Kobe's work ethic. 




2. Kobe's desire to succeed.




3. Kobe's optimistic viewpoint.




4.  Kobe's attitude toward failure.




5.  Kobe's desire to help and inspire others.



The world has so few real heroes.  Kobe was just entering the part of his life in which he could share even more of himself with his family and others.

Rest in peace, Kobe Bryant, and thank you for the beautiful person you were, and for inspiring us to be beautiful, too.  


As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. 
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I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37 years. I remain inspired! 

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