Yesterday the world paused to declare it "Kobe Day" in honor of what would have been his 42nd birthday this past Sunday, August 23.

In remembering the "Black Mamba" over the past few days, I'm reminded of my favorite quote by him:

If you want to be one of the greats, you have to put the work in. There's no substitute for hard work. I will work and OUT work you every time.

Listen friends.... you can't cheat the grind. It will tell on you every time. Don't call somebody else lucky when you been sleep while they've been working. Remember this... Your work ethic is the vehicle to your dreams. Where is your vehicle taking you?

Those are your Pearls Of Wisdom brought to you by Crowned Culture Boutique.