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Mamba Mondays | Excellence is a Habit

The video below is a short clip from when Kobe Bryant spoke to the Alabama Football team.

Kobe Bryant was one of the best and most competitive basketball players to ever live, and at this time, Alabama football was the best and most competitive college football team in the country.


When I watch films, I’m always looking at not just what is happening, but what could happen - good and bad. It would take me 4.5 hours to watch one game, just because I was curious and trying to figure new things out.

MY MINDSET WAS TO DOMINATE Then, from a competitive standpoint, it's really simple - I’m there to just absolutely demoralize and dominate the person and the team I’m playing against. When I’m playing against somebody and we line up and you are guarding me, my whole purpose was to get you to reconsider your life choice to play basketball. That was my mentality going into every single game, to absolutely obliterate this guy, and the fact of the matter is, I’m still trying to get better.


If I’m playing against a weaker opponent and I start coasting, I’m building nothing but bad habits myself. If you want to play at an excellent level and do something excellent, you have to be excellent all the time. It's a way of life; it's not just, ‘I show up on Monday and be excellent.’ It doesn’t work that way. You have to be excellent across the board. That’s how you build habits. When excellence becomes a habit, then that’s just who you are. It doesn’t matter if I was playing a game


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from this video?

2 - When you are up by 30, what do you do? Do you take the foot off the pedal and coast, or do you keep going strong?

3 - When you are up by 30, what do you do? Do you quit, or do you keep pushing?

4 - What is your mentality going into games, and does it change when you are playing a weaker opponent?

5 - What are your thoughts about his quotes about excellence being a habit?

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