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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks back in the first half while taking on the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Today we celebrate the Life and Legacy of Kobe Bryant. Often referred to as one of the greatest NBA players, Kobe Bryant played with the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 seasons and retired in 2016.

Today, January 26th, marks 1 year since Kobe was tragically killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles along with 8 other passengers including his daughter, Gianna Bryant, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, and the pilot Ara Zobayan.

Kobe not only left us with great basketball memories, he also gave fans some inspiring words of wisdom.  Check out some of my favorite Kobe Bryant quotes.

“Dedication sees dreams come true.”

 “The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win.”

“Trust me, setting things up right from the beginning will avoid a ton of tears and heartache.”

 “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.”

“If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.”

“Winning takes precedence over all. There’s no gray area. No almosts.”

“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.”

“A lot of leaders fail because they don’t have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord.”

 “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.”

“Haters are a good problem to have. Nobody hates the good ones. They hate the great ones.”

 “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.”

“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.”

“The most important thing is you must put everybody on notice that you’re here and you are for real.”

“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.”

 “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.”