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Monday Motivation: Kobe’s Encouragement

Monday Motivation: Kobe’s Encouragement

Monday Motivation, 1.27.2020

Written by: Kaitlyn Gwaltney

Every Monday, The Rogers-Long Team meets for one of its two weekly meetings. The Monday meeting always ends with “Monday Motivation” in which a few minutes are spent listening to one team member presenting a quote, a quick reading from a book, a scene from a movie, or anything else they find motivating to provide a “spark” to the whole team on a Monday morning.


I thought I’d do a little something different for the Monday motivation this week. Instead of basing it off of a quote or picture I’ve seen online, I thought I would reflect on a tragic event that happened over the weekend, the passing of undoubtedly one of the best athletes ever, Kobe Bryant.

The news, social media platforms, tv, etc. were all flooded with the unfortunate event. Quotes, pictures, videos, and stories were everywhere. And understandably so. But what stuck out to me most was the positivity that surrounded Kobe. The encouragement that he gave others. The credit he gave to his teammates regardless of his success. And the positive role model he was for thousands of people regardless of their age. Life is short and more times than not, life is too short. So why not encourage others to live to their full potential and be the best they can be? Encourage them at whatever it is that they want to do. Why can’t you be the best? Do you need a break and want to take off on a Tuesday to spend time with family? Great, do it. But get after it on Wednesday. Do you want to be the best at your sport or career? Great, do it. As Kobe says, “great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.”

You can be anything and do anything you want to do. Chase after whatever dream you’re aiming for. We never truly know what tomorrow will bring. That being said, I leave you with this challenge: call someone you are thankful for, let them know you appreciate them, and see if there is anything you can do to encourage them to be the best they can be.


Kaitlyn Gwaltney, a Realtor with The Rogers-Long Team since 2016, previously worked in the medical field for 6 years before deciding to shift her compassion and dedication toward helping others in a different direction. The RLT excitedly brought Kaitlyn on to work with buyers and sellers due to her humility, inner drive to succeed, and her fun-loving attitude. Kaitlyn has found a lot of early success in her career on The Rogers-Long Team. Kaitlyn and her husband Matt welcomed their first child in May of 2019.

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