The world is mourning one of the greatest NBA players of all-time, Kobe Bryant. At the age of 41, Kobe and daughter Gianna, were killed in a tragic helicopter crash. “He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary: five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 NBA All-Star selections, and two Olympic gold medals,” reports Fox News. It’s important that our young athletes learn from our childhood hero and the reasons why he will always be a legend.
Kobe Bryant’s work ethic should be an inspiration for all of us. He woke up every morning determined to make the most of his day and was driven by self improvement. According to Business Insider Koby was known for his intense work ethic. During his high school years he would be at the gym from 5:00 am to 7:00 am working on his drills before heading to class. Waking up early and getting a head start on his day really impacted his sports performance, career and life. He worked hard throughout his training sessions which were reportedly grueling. Even when injured, Koby was still out there at 5 am working hard and pushing himself to the limit.
One of the most fundamental aspects of Koby’s success was maintaining a healthy routine. Borntoworkout.com shares his training routine which he followed scrupulously as well as a healthy diet created for his body type and health goals.
Koby knew the importance of being an example for his three children. According to CNBC.com his 15 year old daughter Natalia would join him for his early morning workouts which he continued even once he was retired. Koby related to the interviewer “ Through that process, she understands the value of hard work.”
His tragic death has shocked the world. Koby Bryant was one of the greatest sportsmen of our time and will be sorely missed. His legend and memory will live on and we can only hope that young athletes will choose to follow in his path.