“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do” Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant is one of the most successful NBA players alive, and he equally has enough wealth to show for it. I once read a story  about how he spends his millions. What most people don’t know however is that behind that outstanding success are amazing habits.
His career is wowing and I couldn’t help getting impressed by all he has been able to achieve within just 38 years. This prompted me to look a bit deeper to see if he has habits that set him aside from other players. And since success can be replicated, I know that anyone can cultivate these traits and produce the same results.
Below is what I found out. They are 6 Traits behind Kobe’s Incredible Success Story.
1. HE SEES AHEAD
Kobe Bryant didn’t just stumble into the phenomenal success he is today. He visualized it a long time ago. In fact according to another NBA player Gary Payton, he didn’t just have an idea of what the future held for him, he knew it in great details.
Gary once recalled Kobe saying to him in a bus, “I’m going to be the number one scorer for Lakers, I’m going to win five or six champions, and I’m going to be the best player in the game.” At this point, Kobe paused, looked him in the eye and said, “I am going
to be the Will Smith of NBA”.
2. HE BELIEVES IN HIMSELF
While watching his game it is evident that Kobe believes in himself and his abilities. He believes in himself so much that he could say this , “I DON’T WANT TO BE THE NEXT MICHAEL JORDAN; I ONLY WANT TO BE KOBE BRYANT.”
Some people may see it as arrogance, but that is confidence at its best. Based on the level of preparation he puts in before coming to play he can’t help being confident. So when he steps into the court, he believes that he is going to win, and he usually does.
3. HE HAS A CRAZY WORK ETHIC
“What I learnt about Kobe is he’s so hungry to be good, he puts the work in. I just think his hunger and determination is what I was most impressed with”. Carlos Boozer (reflecting on the 2008 Olympics)
I read a story  sometime ago about Kobe Bryant’s work ethic that showed how dedicated he is to setting crazy goals and meeting them. According to the athletic trainer Rob, Kobe is not human when it comes to working on his craft.
He recalls how Kobe Bryant called him up to the court around 4am to come help him train. Rob stayed with him for about 45 minutes and returned to his hotel room.
When Rob returned to the facility around 11 am that morning, he was shocked that Kobe never went home. Instead he stayed back until he reached his goal of making 800 baskets.
4. HE IS DETERMINED, AND NOT ONE TO GIVE UP EASILY
Most success stories are never all rosy. And Kobe equally had his own share of challenges that rocked his NBA career boat.
For instance, at 34, he was faced with an ACL injury  that could have easily been the end of his career. However just like the champion he is, he didn’t just bounce back, he bounced back ahead of schedule.
5. HE IS DISCIPLINED, AND DOESN’T GIVE ROOM TO DISTRACTIONS
While on the court, Kobe doesn’t give room for any form of distraction. No matter the mind games that are played by the opposing team or the taunts of the crowd, he remains focused, cool, and collected. And when he wishes to strike, he strikes hard.
6. HE BUILT A SYSTEM THAT WORKS
“He comes to the gym 6:30, 7 in the morning, gets shots every day,
a rhythm. Afterward hits the weight room” – Caron Butler
While recounting what it was like to play with him, John Celestand recalled  that even the day after Kobe sustained an injury, he was still the first to come to practise, wearing a cast on his right arm, and dribbling with the left.
Most successful people understand that it takes creating a system to maintain success. And just like that Kobe was able to build a fail-proof practice schedule that couldn’t even be stopped by an injury.
Ask any lazy man, and he will tell you that the secret of success is luck. But those who are truly successful know better. Just like Kobe, they know that success is simply a matter of doing certain things every day until one becomes a success.
Toby Nwazor is a business development consultant, a motivational speaker, and a freelance writer. He is the founder of My Startup CEO where he gives kick-ass motivation and provides helpful tips for start-up business success. Follow him on Twitter, and get in touch with him for your freelance writing services.