Updated: Mar 2, 2020
As far as basketball lovers go, the 18-time NBA all-star champion --Kobe Bryant is no doubt one of the greatest basketball players of all time. So, when the tragic news of his death came on Sunday, 26th January, it shook the world.
Kobe’s success story was not exactly the story of a talented guy who rose from nothing to stardom. Gary Vatti, his longtime head trainer also attests in his podcast that Kobe's achievements had little to do with talent but more with dedication and great work ethics.
Here are 3 lessons we can learn from Kobe's successful career:
1. Assess your performance regularly
According to his teammates, during the first half breaks, Kobe would return to the locker room to watch the highlights of the just-concluded half. By so doing, he was able to assess his performance and, identify the weakness of his opponents.
And much more than basketball, this is a habit that can be replicated in any discipline. Every top-tier CEO knows and adheres to the power of self-assessment for performance improvement.
2. Diligence definitely pays
He went for practice at 5am and left at 7pm everyday in High school. During his time at Lakers, John Celestand, a teammate revealed that Kobe was always the first to appear at the gym. He practically set a standard for the likes of Shaq O'Neal, amongst others to build on. He wouldn't stop practicing until he reaches 400 shots.
To this end, many persons believe that this work ethic and discipline were the major contributors to his successful career. Even Michael Jordan acknowledge that the late star's pursuit for excellence is impressive.
3. Set long-term goals
Short-term victories are good. However, what many people fail to realize is that the joy that comes with it is just as short-lived as the process itself. Long-term goals on the other hand, are often worth the while.
Kobe learnt this early enough and it helped him to stay focused even after small victories to attain great feats in the course of his NBA career.
Source: Business Insider
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Author Credit: Michael Adesanya