If you continually work hard, you will succeed! I believe all of you have the talent to grow the game, inspire and make kids better, and prosper yourself! If you are not doing these things now, then maybe read below and take some lessons from Kobe.
Below is an article from Sports Illustrated about Kobe Bryant. I have listed some characteristics that I challenge you to ADOPT and make it apart of your DNA. He is by far the most fascinating player I have ever been on the court with! Ask yourself this question when you have finished the day and lay your head on the pillow, “Was that MY BEST?”
Kobe’s answer is always “”Hell Yes!!”
#1 – Unbreakable/Unshakable Faith in His Abilities. His DNA can’t and will not be stripped.
Q) HOW DID HE GET THIS UNCOMMON FAITH?
A) HE WORKS DAILY! Some people work sometimes, Kobe works all the time every day! You see if you work, you will have success, this breeds confidence. If you don’t have success, right now, you have to keep working!
#2 – He is Authentically Different! He worries more about his passion more than being popular!
He has no posse’, no publicist, no groupies. He focuses on being the best at his craft he can be! WHEN HE IS ON THE COURT HE DOES NOT WANT TO “COOL YOU” OR “BE COOL” HE WANTS TO KILL YOU!! This is Uncommon in life.
Q) You want to make it in life and be successful?
A) Then don’t follow the norm. Don’t try to be like everyone else. Just achieve your goal or die trying.
#3 – He is Human, he realizes he is not perfect.
He has self-doubt, insecurity, even the fear of failing. Many nights his body hurts and he does not feel like “balling.” You see two of the most common human emotions are fear and laziness. BUT, He does not succumb to it, he embraces the emotions, the adversity! He faces it head on and knows if he can get through the “hard,” then success comes!
#4 – He Looks at Problems and Finds Solutions. He does not complain, he competes.
Every Year Kobe adds another “Tool to his tool box.” Do you? Every year he continues to add value to his game. Do you do this with your life? If you continue to add value to your life, life can never beat you! You Win! Don’t get COMPLACENT GET COMPETITIVE!
At certain times in the game of basketball and in life, you are flat out going to get your butt whipped and your teeth kicked in. It’s inevitable you will get hit in the mouth. You then will realize, if it don’t kill you, it really was not that bad in the first place. You get up and KEEP FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT!
#6 – HE LIVES AND LOVES THE GAME.
Some people are casual, Kobe is committed. The Game simply means more to him than other players. The Game goes with him where ever he goes. This is a separator from average and good players: from good players to great players.
Q) Do you really hurt when you lose or have weaknesses?
Q) Do you really have a burning desire to get better?
Q) Do you really embrace the feeling of winning?
A) Kobe does!!
#7 – He is not afraid to change his habits to get better.
He has changed his shot, his eating habits, how he motivates his teammates. He realizes mistakes are his greatest education.
#8 – He HATES TO SETTLE. He is not a follower. He wants what is BEST!
When he did not start early in his career, he came off the bench and was mad. So every day in practice he tried to kick the starters’ rear ends! He went at them!
Q) How do you handle things when you don’t start? If you don’t play?
Q) At work or in school how do you handle when people don’t listen or respect your ideas or point of view?
A) Go right AT them! Kick their butt with wisdom, knowledge, ideas, and productivity!
FIND A WAY NOT AN EXCUSE FOR MEDIOCRITY!
#9 – He is open and honest with his teammates
He communicates to them even when it is hard. If the leader communicates then that opens the door for everyone to.
Q) Do you communicate with your teammates/family/Coworkers even when it is hard?
#10 – He hates lazy people and teammates
And so do I! UNDERSTAND IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE LAZY THEN YOU CAN’T LIVE IN THE HOUSE OF SUCCESS.
#11 – He does not get bored!
Kobe had to rehab his heel and Achilles this summer. He had to do the same thing over and over again. He refused to let boredom and fatigue kill his game. I am telling you, boredom will kill your career and life. I have seen way too many young people and players, turn to drugs, alcohol, sex, other addictions because they got bored and lost sight of their God given destiny. DO NOT for 1 second think that you were not meant for greatness, YOU WERE MEANT FOR GREATNESS! ALL OF YOU HAVE A PURPOSE. Do not get bored with the process. You are going to live a long Life.
Q) Do you want to be a leader not a follower?
Q) Do you want to be the “head” and not the tail”?
Q) Do you want to be a champion and not a chump?
Q) Do you want to be an entrepreneur and not an employee?
Q) Do you want your destiny to be in your own hands and not some systems hands?
A) Then DON’T GET BORED GET BETTER!
This is valuable year for you. Kobe says sports is a great teacher. If you give it all you got, DO YOUR BEST, IT WILL MAKE YOU A REAL MAN/WOMAN! A SUCCESSFUL MAN/WOMAN!!
Document your journey. Ask questions, pay attention, write in your basketball notebook. You will be glad you did!