Legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant’s slick moves on the basketball court has won him legions of fans from across the world.
Behind his prowess, many would argue, is the basketball kingpin’s exceptional work ethics. Bryant, killed in a helicopter crash last week, left behind a legacy as an incredibly hardworking role model who inspired basketball and non-basketball fans alike.
While the LA Lakers star’s tragic death sent shockwaves around the world, there’s much students can learn from one of the greatest basketball players of all time:
Talent alone won’t get you far
Kobe Bryant was the reason I became a fan of basketball. He was the reason I became a fan of the lakers. His hardwork and dedication to his craft is truly inspiring. Thank you for all the memories. Rest in Peace Mamba pic.twitter.com/oRNaY4RaJe
— Max Kellerman of Tweets (@dannysanzea) January 26, 2020
…but hard work will get you places.
Bryant didn’t immediately showcase talent in basketball. At the age of 12, the Black Mumba had just completed summer basketball camp but had left with his tail between his legs when he failed to score any points.
Despite the frustration, he drew inspiration from Michael Jordan and began outworking everyone. According to reports, Bryant used to show up to practice at 5am and leave at 7am when he was in high school.
He continued this trait of pushing himself in his professional career, spending hours training on his own before practice, and sometimes, even through injuries, demonstrating immense drive and discipline.
Have a role model in your life
Life isn’t always peaches and cream – you’re bound to experience some bumps and hard knocks along the way which can test how badly you want to achieve your goals.
While Bryant had self doubts about his future in basketball in his younger days, he didn’t let that stop him. He found inspiration from Michael Jordan’s work ethics to fuel his drive to be a better basketball player.
Similarly, students who struggle in certain classes or situations can benefit from having a role model whom they can draw inspiration from, especially in tough times. These individuals, be it a friend, an academic or even a family member, can serve as a support system, reminding you to dig deep and persevere through difficult moments.
Channel your energy towards achieving your goal
Memorable quotes from the Mamba. https://t.co/XaG1iXGIPI
— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) January 27, 2020
Bryant’s success on the basketball court wasn’t without its sacrifices, as aptly explained in a famous quote he made:
“There’s a choice that we have to make as people, as individuals. If you want to be great at something, there’s a choice you have to make. We all can be masters at our craft, but you have to make a choice.
“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. There are sacrifices that come along with making that decision.”