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Day Five: Optimism

 Mamba Mentality: Optimism

“It’s a constant quest to try to be better today than you were yesterday.”

Kobe Bryant on Mamba Mentality

Optimism: See Setbacks as Opportunities

Kobe defined Optimism as believing in yourself and having a positive outlook, no matter how big a challenge you face. To wrap up Mamba Week, Naomi Osaka and Anthony Davis pass on how they adopted the Mamba Mentality to face up to a very challenging year in sports.

Whether it’s the grand slam titles Osaka’s been chasing since her back-to-back wins in the US and Australia in 2018-2019, or Anthony Davis’ time with the Lakers being put on hold due to the COVID-19’s effect on the game, staying relentlessly positive hasn’t always been easy. But Optimism isn’t a passive trait for athletes like these, who’ve learned the Mamba Mentality from Kobe himself.

AD believes “Optimism is big in sports in general, just because of the fact that you never wanna be down. There's going to be challenges. There's going to be obstacles, and if you're not optimistic it'll eat you up.” You can see it in Naomi and AD. Their Optimism never lets losses or setbacks keep them from showing up day in and day out, on their respective courts.

 Mamba Mentality: Optimism

“Everything negative — pressure, challenges — is all an opportunity for me to rise.”

Kobe Bryant

Optimism separates the greats from the rest. It’s about finding positivity in any given situation, and setting your mind to be okay with whatever happens. Just so long as you give your all.

When Naomi gets back on the court after a loss, she’s taking that opportunity to be empowered by her Optimism. She says “You have to love challenging yourself. You're not going to win every game you play in life. It's the games that you lose and the things that you learn from, and your willingness to train really hard and go out there and just fight. That's what I take from optimism."

 Mamba Mentality: Optimism

Whether it’s the grand slam titles Osaka’s been chasing since her back-to-back wins in the US and Australia in 2018-2019, or Anthony Davis’ time with the Lakers being put on hold due to the COVID-19’s effect on the game, staying relentlessly positive hasn’t always been easy. But Optimism isn’t a passive trait for athletes like these, who’ve learned the Mamba Mentality from Kobe himself.

AD believes “Optimism is big in sports in general, just because of the fact that you never wanna be down. There's going to be challenges. There's going to be obstacles, and if you're not optimistic it'll eat you up.” You can see it in Naomi and AD. Their Optimism never lets losses or setbacks keep them from showing up day in and day out, on their respective courts.

 Mamba Mentality: Optimism

“Everything negative — pressure, challenges — is all an opportunity for me to rise.”

Kobe Bryant

Optimism separates the greats from the rest. It’s about finding positivity in any given situation, and setting your mind to be okay with whatever happens. Just so long as you give your all.

When Naomi gets back on the court after a loss, she’s taking that opportunity to be empowered by her Optimism. She says “You have to love challenging yourself. You're not going to win every game you play in life. It's the games that you lose and the things that you learn from, and your willingness to train really hard and go out there and just fight. That's what I take from optimism."

 Mamba Mentality: Optimism

“I think you always have to look at the bright side of things. That's what makes great ones great. Going through challenges and being able to overcome those challenges.

Anthony Davis

Naomi and AD understand that the glass is half full of opportunity and potential. Kobe’s legacy teaches them and athletes around the world that Optimism is faith in yourself, and it’ll be rewarded as long as you show up and put the work in. “The world is kind of adopting his Mamba Mentality because it helps you in so many ways.” says AD.

 Mamba Mentality: Optimism
 Mamba Mentality: Optimism

“You're not going to win every game you play in life, and it's the games that you lose and the things that you learn from, and your willingness to train really hard and go out there and just fight."

Naomi Osaka

After retiring from basketball, Kobe was focused on coaching the next generation of girls on the court. But Kobe’s effect is forever and it’s global, and inspires others to take the cultivation of our future female athletes seriously.

Naomi Osaka has recently launched Play Academy, a nonprofit initiative that supports community organizations using sports to change the lives of girls for the better. Getting girls active and engaged in sport helps them do better in school and have an increased sense of self.

 Mamba Mentality: Optimism
 Mamba Mentality: Optimism

Naomi breaks it down for us “It’s so little girls can play sports and just get themselves active. For me it means a lot because girls drop out of sports way faster than boys, and for me to be able to provide a way to motivate girls through sport means a lot.”

Naomi is looking towards the future for herself, and women athletes everywhere.

Put Your Mamba Mentality to Work

Here’s two ways you can start being better, right now.

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Rise to the Mamba Mentality Challenge

Tap into your passion to take on the Mamba Mentality Challenge on NTC — a series of daily workouts designed to help you be better every day. Start now to track your progress between Day One and Day Five of Mamba Week.

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Go the Mamba Mentality Distance

Dig deep to put one foot in front of the other for 8.24km and you’ll earn the special edition Mamba Mentality Achievement Badge on NRC. Only during Mamba Week.

 Mamba Mentality: Optimism

Rise to the Mamba Mentality Challenge

Mamba Week may be coming to an end but your opportunities to improve are endless. Start by taking on the Mamba Mentality Challenge on NTC — a series of daily workouts designed to help you track your progress over five days.

 Mamba Mentality: Optimism

Go the Mamba Mentality Distance

When your body says stop, Optimism says keep going. Push yourself to run 8.24km with NRC during Mamba Week and you can earn the special edition Mamba Mentality Achievement Badge. We know you can do it.

Mamba Week

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The Mamba Mentality

Each day, our Mamba Mentors will share their Mamba Mentality wisdom. Take a deeper dive into what...

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Day One: Passion

With Diana Taurasi, Jewell Loyd, Sydney Leroux, Sky Brown, Sabrina Ionescu, Devin Booker, Anthony...

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Day Two: Focus

With Diana Taurasi & Jewell Loyd

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Day Three: Honesty

With Sydney Leroux & Sky Brown

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Day Four: Fearless

With Sabrina Ionescu & Devin Booker

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