Kobe Bryant’s work ethic is legendary. The late great Bryant, who died at the young age 41 following a helicopter crash, was well-known for his work ethic on the basketball floor and in any off-the-court ventures. Just hours before Bryant’s death, LeBron James remarked that he had been inspired by Bryant’s work ethic throughout his own NBA career. Tales of Bryant’s work ethic have become folklore. Below is a list of motivational Kobe Bryant work ethic quotes, followed by tips for how you can improve and optimize your own work ethic for greater success.

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Work Ethic Quotes From Kobe Bryant

I have nothing in common with lazy people who blame others for their lack of success. - Kobe Bryant

“I have nothing in common with lazy people who blame others for their lack of success.”

~ Kobe Bryant


When you love something, you'll always come back to it. You'll always keep asking questions, and finding answers. - Kobe Bryant

“When you love something, you’ll always come back to it. You’ll always keep asking questions, and finding answers.”

~ Kobe Bryant


It's not about the number of hours you practice, it's about the number of hours your mind is present during the practice. - Kobe Bryant

“It’s not about the number of hours you practice, it’s about the number of hours your mind is present during the practice.”

~ Kobe Bryant


Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses. - Kobe Bryant

“Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.”

~ Kobe Bryant


Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success. - Kobe Bryant

“Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success.”

~ Kobe Bryant


That’s where obsession comes in — when you care about something 24 hours a day. - Kobe Bryant

“That’s where obsession comes in — when you care about something 24 hours a day.”

~ Kobe Bryant


I can't relate to lazy people. We don't speak the same language. I don't understand you. I don't want to understand you. - Kobe Bryant

“I can’t relate to lazy people. We don’t speak the same language. I don’t understand you. I don’t want to understand you.”

~ Kobe Bryant


Be willing to sacrifice anything, but compromise nothing in your quest to be your best. - Kobe Bryant

“Be willing to sacrifice anything, but compromise nothing in your quest to be your best.”

~ Kobe Bryant


The biggest dreams aren’t fueled by belief. They’re fueled by doubt. - Kobe Bryant

“The biggest dreams aren’t fueled by belief. They’re fueled by doubt.”

~ Kobe Bryant


Those times when you get up early... those times when you stay up late... when you're too tired... you don't want to push yourself, but you do it anyway. - Kobe Bryant

“Those times when you get up early… those times when you stay up late… when you’re too tired… you don’t want to push yourself, but you do it anyway.”

– Kobe Bryant


“If you want to be great in a particular area, you have to obsess over it. A lot of people say they want to be great but are not willing to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve greatness.”

~ Kobe Bryant


To think of me as a person that’s overachieved, that would mean a lot to me. That means I put a lot of work in and squeezed every ounce of juice out of this orange that I could. - Kobe Bryant

“To think of me as a person that’s overachieved, that would mean a lot to me. That means I put a lot of work in and squeezed every ounce of juice out of this orange that I could.”

~ Kobe Bryant


Determination silences doubters. - Kobe Bryant

“Determination silences doubters.”

~ Kobe Bryant


The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win. - Kobe Bryant

“The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win.”

~ Kobe Bryant


A lion has to eat. Run with me or run from me. - Kobe Bryant

“A lion has to eat. Run with me or run from me.”

~ Kobe Bryant


Three Keys to a Truly Successful Work Ethic

As we’ve seen from Kobe Bryant and other successful people from all professions, there’s no doubt that a solid work ethic remains a critical ingredient in the recipe for success. But what’s most necessary to establish a consistent willingness to tackle what needs to be done?

The right motivation

Individuals who reliably work hard usually see some larger purpose behind what they’re doing. This larger purpose connects to a set of ethical beliefs. They lean on this deeper sense of meaning and influence when times get rough and allow it to sway their decisions, rather than what they might be feeling in a given moment.

People often connect purpose or “why” to passion, or even more specifically, a singular passion. But it’s totally possible to see and care about more than one area at a time. These areas can be independent of each other or interconnected, and they can change over time as a person learns, gains experience and reprioritizes. What really matters is simply that you have at least one big, external, non-egotistical reason to keep going and have a true sense of obligation to it based on your personal moral center.

If you do not have a good external motivator, one of the best ways to find one is just to get out and explore. By interacting with others, seeing the world and trying new activities, you’ll get a better sense of what matters to you and where you feel you can make a difference. So be open-minded enough to break from your usual routine or preferences.

The ability to plan and create good habits

People with a good work ethic are typically great analysts. They are able to look at their own behaviors and identify both strengths and deficits in their skills, knowledge and resources. They then use that analysis to figure out how to form the new habits they want that are necessary to succeed. They not only break down when things need to happen, but also establish multiple, realistic contingency plans that allow them to pivot. Individuals who skip or struggle with these planning and habit forming processes are more likely to quit early and to make excuses about why they can’t overcome the hurdles involved with continued work.

Planning and learning habits are both skills you can develop. Many people will teach you techniques for free. A number of analog and digital tools also allow you to gather information, get organized and track progress. Additionally, we’ve learned a lot about how to develop habits from psychology research. Methods like habit bundling, positive reinforcement and buddying up all can be helpful, for example. So if you’re not the best at laying out steps or shifting what you do yet, know that you’re not stuck.

Self-confidence

People who keep their nose to the grindstone when it counts are happy to do work that they believe benefits others. They aren’t narcissists. But they have faith, based on their own self-perceptions, that they can turn something they anticipate or dream into reality. They believe in their abilities, knowledge and skills in a grounded way, and they don’t let self-doubt get the best of them even when surrounded by naysayers.

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Although it can be difficult to challenge a negative mindset about yourself and what you can do, most experts assert that setting yourself up for very small successes can add up and help you be confident. Questioning how you and others come to your beliefs or decisions–that is, looking for bias–also can help you dissect falsehoods you’ve internalized that are holding you back. Considering what you have done well in the past and purposely celebrating accomplishments is helpful, too.

Even successful people like Kobe Bryant have days they feel down or lazy, just like anybody else (see his quote regarding this above). But they are willing to put in effort again and again, and to see tasks through. This excellent work ethic comes from being properly, externally motivated toward at least one larger purpose, planning well and developing positive habits and being able to trust in personal abilities, judgments or qualities. All of these areas can get better over time and yield amazing, trustworthy productivity if you work at them, so commit yourself to continuous improvement.

Kobe Bryant Video: Work Ethic Quotes

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