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Kobe Bryant Success Story

The late, great Kobe Bryant, was one the greatest basketball players of all time, as well the one of the biggest competitors. He won five National Basketball Association (NBA) championships, was an 18-time All-Star, a 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, a 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), and a two-time NBA Finals MVP. In short, he’s achieved just about every achievable accolade when it comes to basketball. Due to such achievements, he is considered a legend to many. As such, this Kobe Bryant Success Story is to honor and better understand the awe inspiring achievements of Kobe Bryant.

Early Life | Kobe Bryant Success Story

Kobe was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and partly raised in Italy. His father was Joe Bryant, a former NBA player. At the early age of 3, he was pushed by his father to pursue basketball.

At the age of 6, his father moved to Italy for a different basketball opportunity so he had to grow up in the new environment. Kobe grew accustomed to the culture as he became quite fluent in the Italian language, while still keeping interest in the sport of basketball.

At the age of 13, his family returned to the United States where he remained interested in the game. As a senior in high school, Kobe achieved many awards for his outstanding performance at Lower Merion. Not only did he lead his team a state championship, he was named the Naismith High School Player of the Year.

In 1996, at the age of 17 Kobe was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, and he became the youngest player ever to play in an NBA game (at that time). He was exactly 18 years and 72 days old.

From then on, you could just see the continual and gradual improvement leading to greatness personified, year after year, after year until his retirement.

The Makings of a Legend

Kobe Bryant Quote on Winning

How did he do it? Simply put, his work ethic. This guy was relentless. He showed up to work every day, no excuses. Without a doubt, it is quite evident that Kobe’s penchant for success was directly correlated with his work ethic.

In fact, the stories of Kobe’s work ethic have become a type of folklore. There are countless people who have witnessed what that man’s work ethic really was. Below is an account of just one of the many instances of Kobe’s phenomenal work ethic.

During an interview with Impact Theory during Kobe’s prime years between 2000-2002, former NBA player Jay Williams stated the following:

“The game was at seven… this is the championship Lakers. I’m going to get there at 3:00, and I want to make sure I make 400 made shots before I go back into the room and then I sit in the sauna and get ready for the game. Who do I see? I see Kobe Bryant, already working out,” Williams says.

“Once I set my foot across the line I started working out. I worked out for a good hour, hour-and-a-half. When I came off, after I was done I sat down and of course I still heard the ball bouncing. I looked down I’m like ‘This guy’s still working out?’ It looks like he was in a dead sweat when I got there,” Williams said.

“That game he drops 40 on us. After the game is over I’m like ‘I have to ask this guy, I have to understand why he works like that.’ After the game I’m like ‘Hey Kobe, why where you in the gym for so long?’

Williams stated that “He was like ‘Cause I saw you come in and I wanted you to know that it doesn’t matter how hard you work, that I’m willing to work harder than you’”.[1]

Success Ethos | Relentlessness

Kobe Bryant’s work ethic hands down is what helped him become the legend he is today. But what also must be understood about Kobe Bryant, is that he was relentless. He had a mental toughness and steely focus that was driven by his almost over-the-top competitiveness.

In short, Kobe wanted to be the best, and would do whatever it took to achieve this mental goal. If he had a weakness in one area, he would commit to mastering that weakness. If was a lack of strength in his shot, he would get to work exhausting all options to rectify that lack of strength; researching and then applying the routines that instructed him on how to get stronger. Similarly, if his weakness was a lack of speed, he would put in the time and effort to overcome the limitation. And there in lies his secret to success. The willingness to learn and then apply what he learned to inch himself closer to his goals.

As such, Kobe Bryant’s success ethos can be summarized as a relentless focus on the end result. The great news is, the ability to be relentless is in all of us.

To get a better glance into the mindset of a winner, watch this Kobe Bryant video:

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The Next Chapter

After so much success in the NBA, Kobe would channel his relentless work ethic into his entrepreneurial career. Taking all the success lessons he learned from basketball, he harnessed them into different endeavors which included filmmaking.

In fact, in 2018, he earned an Oscar and took home the trophy for best animated short film for the short called “Dear Basketball.” Narrated by Kobe, “Dear Basketball” is a about a five-and-a-half-minute short illustrating a poem that he wrote for “The Players’ Tribune” to announce his retirement in November 2015.

During his award acceptance speech, Bryant famously stated… “I don’t know if it’s possible. I mean, as basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble, but I’m glad we did a little bit more than that.” – Kobe Bryant [2]

Kobe Bryant’s Enduring Impact

Kobe Bryant has inspired so many with his mass appeal of his “Mamba mentality”. As he transitioned into the next stage of his life, he would bring that same attitude and intensity as a supporter for youth and women’s sports. Not only did he help spread basketball across the globe, but countless NBA players have said Bryant inspired them to play the game.

There are innumerable people who have been affected by Bryant’s greatness.

Related: Kobe Bryant Quotes

Key Takeaways

At first, it might seem weird to relate your day-to-day life with that of a world-class athlete. But what we can take from this Kobe Bryant success story, is that success is a choice, and it is something that we can aim for in our lives. And if we do it right, we can be apply the main driver of Kobe’s success to any aspect of our lives, and dramatically improve any of these areas in the process.

Here’s a recap to answer the question about how Kobe Bryant became successful:

Work Ethic | Relentlessness | Insatiable Competitiveness

Ultimately, Kobe Bryant ended up finding out that basketball was more than just a sport. It taught him, and all of us, the life lesson of becoming the best version of yourself through hard work and dedication.

Rest in peace, Kobe “Bean” Bryant.

Till next time,


Vince Pinlac is a medical doctor and the creator of He’s a passionate blogger in the personal development industry whose main goal is to become the best version of yourself. He is also sports enthusiast, that includes of basketball, football and tennis.