The former University of Maryland star is already intent on applying those principles to this offseason, setting goals of remaining on top after winning the Super Bowl on Sunday night over the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
For Smith, 24, it's still sinking in how much he contributed to the Ravens winning a Vince Lombardi trophy. He caught 49 passes for 855 yards and eight touchdowns, providing a deep threat for quarterback Joe Flacco.
"It's weird to say I was a huge part of a championship team," Smith said. "It's pretty huge. I'm honored by it. I'm humbled by it. Being a part of this organization, anytime you have the opportunity to play at the highest level and win it, it's a huge win for everyone. I'm excited to be a part of the puzzle."
As much as Smith improved in his second NFL season, polishing his route running to incorporate more of the route tree with an increase in intermediate patterns, he feels like he's just scratched the surface of his potential.
In two NFL seasons, Smith has caught 99 passes for 1,696 yards and 15 touchdowns.
"As a player, I have a long ways to go," Smith said. "I'll never be satisfied. I'll never get complacent. I'm going to work my tail off and have the best offseason I've ever had. That's how I approach it every year. When I reach where I want to be, the league is going to be in trouble."
Smith said he'll take a few weeks off to rest his body and heal up before getting back to workouts.
He likes the Ravens' chances of defending their Super Bowl title, but acknowledged the roster is going to change and that it will take a supreme effort by the team to repeat.
"I don't look at it like a boxer or a NASCAR drivre where if you win then it's easy to do it again," Smith said. "With our team, it isn't going to be the same. New guys are going to be there and guys are going to be gone. It's not the same in football. I'm not saying your expectations ever change, but the personnel is different. It's going to be a completely different team.
"The goal in Baltimore is always to get to the Super Bowl and win it. That doesn't change regardless of who's in there. We're going to try to get to that same position and win it. With the organization we have, the core of players we have, guys like Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, our defense, I think we'll be fine."
During a Breakfast Blitz program, Smith emphasized the importance of drinking milk to get enough protein in your daily diet.
"I love it. I was in their shoes before," Smith said. "To have the opportunity to be someone they look up to and might actually listen to, it's an honor and a privilege. To share the knowledge I've learned, it's an honor. I'm humbled. These kids look up to you. For me to interact with them, I'm happy to be that guy for them and a positive role model. I'm one of the guys who embraces it.
"Play 60 is a great program. We have a problem in our country in terms of eating healthy and childhood obesity. In general, you need to eat right, work out and stay healthy. I'm excited to be here. I just want to preach the importance of drinking your milk. It's full of protein."