Whatever challenge Kobe Bryant takes on, he tackles it with unrelenting, borderline-crazy commitment.
Upon learning that his wife, Vanessa, filed divorce papers in 2011, the five-time NBA champion literally forced himself to play the piano as a gesture to keep her. And his effort worked, as the two are still married today.
As part of a recent feature story about him, Bryant says he learned how to play Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," and what's more impressive is he never took a piano lesson.
"I wanted to play something nice for Vanessa," he told ESPN. "Sitting down and taking lessons would be too easy. So, I taught myself by ear."
That's hardcore when you think about it, but we already know by his five NBA titles and 60-point final performance that Kobe has that willpower.
The process to learn piano by ear was compounded by the fact that Bryant's fingers had been fractured and jammed so many times over the course of his basketball career. But the Black Mamba didn't make any excuses.
"If you just sit down and say, 'I'm going to learn this thing until I do,' there's not really much out there that you can't figure out eventually," Bryant added.
We found this YouTube clip of Bryant playing the "Moonlight Sonata" three years ago and it's not bad at all.
Fellas going through hard times with their ladies might want to follow suit.
But take the lessons, though.
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