Kobe Bryant On Instilling Work Ethic In Your Kids

Do you instill the same work ethic in your kids?

I do. You do it by repetition. By simply the act of working everyday. You can’t talk your children into working hard. That’s the one thing that drives me crazy. I have parents come up to me and ask: ‘how can I get my kid to work hard? What do I need to tell them? Can you talk to my kid?’ I say ‘listen, it’s not something you can talk through. Its a behavioral thing. You have to get up everyday and do the the work. Consistently, do the work.’

My kids (activities) they work everyday and that’s how you instill it in them where it becomes a behavioral thing. It doesn’t matter what they decide to do. But she understands the discipline that it takes to work at something every single day. So whether she wants to become a writer, a director, a doctor, a lawyer, she will have those characteristics.

Its observing. It’s seeing you. It’s not just me, it’s my wife as well. Her commitment to the children. Making sure they are on point, on schedule, with school work, everything is sharp. Seeing me everyday, getting up to train and work hard.

The example has to be where it is at. A lot of parents are “do as I say, not as I do.”

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