“The seeds of remarkable results are planted when no one is watching.”
– Shane Parrish
There’s a great picture of Kobe Bryant that went re-viral after his passing (RIP) of him shooting free throws in his pajamas with his left hand because his dominant right hand was broken. He was wearing pajamas because it was likely 4 or 5 am when Kobe went to the gym that day.
At first, you might think: that’s cool. Kobe decided to do that once and there’s a silly yet inspiring picture of him playing basketball in pajamas. You missed the point.
This was just another day for Kobe. Someone happened to snap a picture. If you ask any of his coaches or teammates, you’d hear that he had that maniacal drive almost constantly. There were countless other times when Kobe was in the gym when his teammates and opponents were fast asleep.
John Wooden said that “a true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”
That’s when you get better. That’s when you develop the craft. That’s when the magic happens.
When it’s game time and the cameras are on you, it’s too late.
What do you do when no one is watching?