This morning was by far, was one of the best mornings to watch SportsCenter. My sons and I watched the replays of Kobe’s unbelievable and record setting performance (60 points!) in his last game in the NBA and then the next minute, we watched the replay of Steph Curry’s record breaking performance as an individual (over 400 3-pointers in a season) and as a member of a record-breaking team (73 wins!). And we can’t forget Steve Kerr, who was a member of the Bulls 95-96 72 Win season and the coaching of the Warriors record setting 73 win season. Amazing, just amazing!

I told them that they were witnessing history – something they may never see again and we watched and listened and let it sink in.

Now, before you ask, I know that no one is perfect – we are all human. But I cannot help but think about a book, Relentless, by Tim Grover and know that both of these men are Cleaners. [I highly recommend reading the book.] They went from good to great to Unstoppable.

The natural question from both of my boys was – how did they get so good? And then right on que, one of the reporters described the work ethic of both players:

  • After winning a Championship, Kobe would take 2 weeks off and then be back in the gym at 5:30am, working out, working on his shot, working on his skills…each and every day
  • Steph Curry arrives earlier than everyone else and practices his dribbling skills each and every day

They show up each and every day. They are the first ones in and the last ones out – and it shows. They lead by example. They set the example.

Now, admittedly I am tearing up while writing this because I think of their hard work and dedication and tenacity – and want to live up to that. Sound crazy, maybe – but they leave it all out there, give it all that they have – each and every day. That is an example to follow.

Love what you do, have a passion for what you do and work each and every day and leave it all on the table.

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How often can you say this? Do you fall onto the couch or into bed at night knowing you gave it your all today? Whether it be crushing that meeting, serving your clients, spending time with your kids or just giving yourself some well-deserved down time.

Did you leave it all on the table?

Are you setting an example worth following?