Arguably one of the NBA’s greatest players ever, LeBron James has proven (once again, and again, and again) that he’s a force to be reckoned with – leading the Miami Heat to take the NBA championship title for the second year in a row. Now a two-time NBA champion with a two-time Finals MVP title to match – LeBron is not only an outstanding athlete but an individual who represents everything that stands for hard work, determination and everything in between. His unshakeable drive and unwavering passion for what he loves to do would almost make you think he coined the phrase “where there’s a will, there’s a way”. Here are 5 lessons on perseverance, commitment, passion, and hard work we can learn from LeBron James during the 2013 NBA Finals:

“All the repetition, all the work you put in, don’t abandon it.”

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As you begin to take the necessary steps to position yourself as the best candidate possible for admission to medical school, there’s no doubt that you’ll spend a lot of time to prepare. After deciding that you want to embark on the journey to become a doctor, you’ll spend hours, days, months, and even years to reach your goal. And there’s no shortcut. Throughout your pre-med years you will have to take numerous courses, study hours for exams, and complete tedious assignments – and do it all over again! There will be plenty of times where you’ll learn something, learn it again, and learn it once more before moving forward. Don’t abandon all of the hard work you’ll need to put in over the year to get accepted into medical school. Make all of the blood, sweat, and tears that come along with becoming a competitive medical school candidate count for something!

“What everybody say about me don’t matter.”

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For some, the dream of becoming a doctor may not always encouraged or supported by those around them, but who cares. The only thing that really matters is where your passion lies and if you are truly passionate about becoming a doctor, what everybody else says doesn’t matter. When you marry your passion with hard work and dedication, the dream of becoming a doctor slowly turns into reality. Ignore the Negative Nancy and Debbie Downer’s in your life – you can show them better than you’ll ever be able to tell them about what your dream of becoming a doctor means to you.

“They say hard work pays off, let’s make that statement come true.”

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You’ve heard the saying time and time again and if you’re pre-med you probably find that you tell yourself this more often than others. According to data from the AAMC, last year, there were more than 45,000 individuals who applied to medical school. There’s no questions about it – you’re going to work your butt off in an attempt to gain admission to someone’s medical school. What better way to make your hard work count for something other than an acceptance letter to medical school?

“When you think you gave everything you got – give more.”

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There may come a time during your pre-med journey where you feel like you’ve done – or are doing – everything you’re supposed to. But are you really? When it comes to positioning yourself among the most competitive prospects for medical school admissions, there’s always something more you can do and it is your job to find it. Whether it’s taking the initiative to ask questions or casually talk with someone in the field whenever the opportunity arises or looking beyond what you may learn in class to develop a greater understanding of a concept or topic – give more, give it your all, and do more!

“Fatigue is a part of the game”

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During certain times during your pre-med years there will definitely come a point where you’ll feel tired. Whether it’s mentally, physically, emotionally, or any other way, the work that comes along with not only getting into medical school but also getting through medical school and residency is no walk in the park – but it is “part of the game.” You won’t be the first, and sure as heck won’t be the last to go through the motions of becoming a doctor. First comes undergrad with all of its medical school prerequisites, then comes medical school with all of its requirements, next is residency with all of its bells and whistles – it’s all part of the game of this thing called becoming a doctor. And at the end it even comes with receiving a special kind of championship title – M.D. or D.O.