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  • Writer's pictureRashidi Kabamba

5 Pillars Principles (Stress Response): Kamamba Mentality

"To sum up what it means to be a Mamba mentality is, it means to be able to be the constantly the best version of yourself" - Kobe Bryant

Stress response, resposnse to stress, fight or flight, it'll put you to the test

For the workshop that I am selling to companies, I am teaching them my five pillar principles of stress education which include, stress, stressor, perception, stress management, and stress response. These guiding principles are the guiding reasoning and governance of stress less wisdom for my clients to be able to be the most stress-proof version of themselves. For this pillar, I want to speak about the stress response, what it is and an example of it!

The stress response according to Harvard Health ( is the trigger of your autonomic nervous system which includes your sympathetic nervous system and parasympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is your fight or flight response, which when a perceived threat is there, it acts like a gas pedal in the car, while the parasympathetic nervous system acts like a break to promote rest and digest within the body. Now whenever you are faced with a threat you have to be able to face this or run away from it so that you can preserve your health and well-being. Now one person who reminds me of someone who always had his stress response tested is Kobe Bryant.


Growing up as a young athlete, playing basketball, my favourite basketball player was Kobe Bean Bryant because of his passion, drive, attention to detail, and laser eyed focused to being best version of himself. I used to have all this Kobe Bryant gear all throughout my adolescence and I emulated every component of his game despite being a nearly a foot smaller than him. But over time, I started to drift away from the mamba mentality and started to forge my own thought process inspired by the Mamba Mentality, now let's go into a black mamba.


According to ( the black mamba can be found in Sub-Saharan Africa, and it was formally introduced by zoologist Albert Gunther. Now the black mamba is a severely venomous snake and it's necessary to understand why it's like that. Animals and humans are very similar which can even be discussed in Ecclesiastes chapter 3 by King Solomon, when he quoted man are like beasts. Here's the exact scripture below, "I said in mine heart, concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are like beasts." - Ecclesiastes 3:17 . Animals have a stress response as well and a nervous system which works similar to humans, but it's very different. The serpent uses his venmomus attacks only if it perceives a threat which can harm it's well-being and self-preservaton. While Kobe Bryant was using the mamba mentality to become an enhanced individual which is contrary to why a mamba is poisonous in the first place. This is why I call myself the Kamamba, which is to use this same mentality, but for defence, self-preservation, and the enlightenment of the world.

The Kamamba Mentality is designed to preserve the self, which is the psyche, the individual reasoning, logic, awareness, of my senses which is needed to function and solve world issues in the marketplace. I only become venomous when I perceive a threat that can attempt to destroy my success as an individual or threaten my life. This is the main separation between me and Mamba mentality, is that I am using it to be able to change the world instead of enhance performance for a game, which I never invented. It seems harsh, but it's the truth. I hope you enjoy the blog and stay tuned for tomorrow, peace!!

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