Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest basketball players ever to play the game (some will argue he is one of the greatest in any sport!).

What is the reason?

Why is Kobe Byrant so good?

Is it innate talent?

It's based on an incredible work ethic.  Kobe Byrant understands the importance of HARD WORK. There are lots of stories around Kobe's work rate and work ethic but this story I found on the addicted2success website (the link is below) blew me out of the water.  There is a chapter on hard work in my book (you can check it out here!) on how it is an essential principle on your Journey to success.  After reading this article Kobe Byrant is a fantastic example of the importance of hard work and how it can propel you to great things.

The article talked about the work an athletic trainer did with Kobe before a training camp for Team USA. The session took place while all the other members of the team were sleeping!  Kobe asked to do some conditioning and a weights work out in the early morning (the session started at 4:15am!!).  The athletic coach then left Kobe after a couple of hours shooting baskets.  When the trainer arrived back at the training facility at 11am for the official start of the practice, Kobe had just finished making 800 jump shots.  This is before the practice had even begun!

So remember hard work and a positive work ethic will propel you further than you can imagine on your Journey.  All hard work must be focus and very specific directed to a particular objective.  This hard work will feed your Beliefs and give you the confidence to go onto achieve great things.  

“I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.” – Kobe Bryant