With a reported $8 million-per-year salary and a star position as a sports commentator on ESPN's show "First Take," 52-year-old television personality Stephen A. Smith reveals the dogmatic work ethic and uncompromising view of authority that has led to his success.

"I wake up every day understanding that I don't represent just myself. I represent my mom. I represent my family. I represent ESPN. I walk out the door every day understanding that reality and operating accordingly," Smith told GQ in a feature published Wednesday.