The Kobe Bryant Guide to Life: 7 Killer Tips to Become More Successful

author-image-codeofliving   by Osman Abraham — 4 months 3 weeks ago

Kobe Bryant Dunking Team USA

Why Kobe Bryant? Well I feel he’s one of the best basketball players to have ever played the game. Age has finally caught up to him but there are still many tricks you can learn from his basketball success.

7 Tips to Become More Successful:

1. Kobe’s IQ

Kobe Bryant has arguably the highest basketball IQ in the NBA. He is one of the most technically sound players in the entire game. And he’s always one step ahead of his competition whenever he’s on the basketball court. What does this have to do with success? Well in life knowledge is power. The more you know, the better you can prepare. If you are aware of your surroundings and can stay one step ahead of your colleagues. You will have an edge over others and will greatly increase your chances of becoming successful.

You Should:

  • Listen more than you talk. You’ll be surprised by how much more you learn
  • Ask for feedback and learn from it.
  • Increase your street smarts or social IQ.

2. Kobe’s Versatile Offense Game

There isn’t a lot missing from Kobe’s offensive arsenal. He can take that long three, pull up over you in the post or even drive it down the lane for a sweet dunk. How this applies to success, is that rather than only shooting from one spot you should learn how to drive, take a layup and even dunk.

You need to learn to become multifaceted and expand your opportunities. Try new things and don’t become narrow minded. It’s just logic. The more wells that you dig the higher your chances become of hitting water. But always keep in mind that 1 well fully dug is better than 100 wells dug only half way. So while you should try different ways to become successful, make sure that for each way you try, you do it to the best of your abilities.

3. Kobe’s Worth Ethic

Kobe Bryant has an unmatched work ethic when it comes to basketball. While he is gifted physically most of his abilities are from handwork rather than talent.  Take for example that he used to show up for practice at 5AM and leave at 7PM in “high school”. This drive applies directly to every person who wants to become successful. And if your still not convinced check out this story by one of his trainers: Kobe’s Work-Ethic

Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don't just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won't happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me; you'll love it up here. ― Donald Trump

Hard work and success go hand to hand. You can’t have one without the other.  

4. Kobe’s Sub-Zero Blood

Kobe Bryant is the definition of cold blooded. I mean there’s a reason they call him the Black Mamba. The taunts of the crowd or mind games by players simply don’t work on him. He remains cool, calm and collected. And when it’s time to strike, he strikes hard and silences arenas. His ability to block out the noise is what you should focus on to become successful.

You need to learn how to use all of the negative energy around you and convert it into desire and motivation to succeed. There will always be haters and people who come in the way of your dreams but you must rise and stay focused on success.

5. Kobe’s Determination

Kobe tracks goals like they’re prey and once he decides to reach them; he doesn’t let anything stand his way. He has shown this throughout his career, especially when he returned from an ACL injury ahead of schedule at the age of 34. This “I’m going to get it” attitude is what you should take away if you want to become successful.

You should be making goals and dominating them on a regular basis. You should have mini goals inside your normal goals, and then normal goals inside of your bigger goals.

Success is an objective based beast and you must feed it.

6. Kobe’s Social Portfolio

I bet a lot of you don’t know this but Kobe is a networking Guru. In the last few years he has spread his name not just in the West but even the East and through the power of social media he has truly become an international icon. You should put emphasis specifically in his ability to network.

To be successful, you have to be able to relate to people; they have to be satisfied with your personality to be able to do business with you and to build a relationship with mutual trust. - George Ross

You should:

  • Try to expand your personal network, by helping other when they are in need.
  • Create as much as connections as you can because you never know when somebody might come in handy.

7. Kobe’s Ability to Adapt

Kobe has reinvented himself throughout his career. In the early stages of his career Kobe used to be a slashing, high flying shooting guard who used to dunk with authority. Now at an older age, closer to the end of his career he’s an agile, swift shooting guard who has a light touch.

These both are completely different playing styles but are both the right type for each time. To become successful you must have this ability to adapt inside of you. You should be able to read the body language of the people around you and adapt and change accordingly.

Final Words

I'm chasing perfection. - Kobe Bryant

That’s the end of my Kobe Bryant success guide (…I still think LeBron’s better)! I hope you liked the different perspective. Tell me which athlete I should use for the next guide in my “Athlete Series” in the comments.