21 Motivating Lessons from Michael Jordan

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.

If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.

My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’

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To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate.

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.

Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.

Be true to the game, because the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game, then the game will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you. That’s truly about the game, and in some ways that’s about life too.

The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.

If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.

Sometimes you need to get hit in the head to realize that you’re in a fight.

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I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.

I’ve never been afraid to fail.

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.

I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.

There is no ‘i’ in team but there is in win.

I want to wake up every day and do whatever comes in my mind, and not feel pressure or obligations to do anything else in my life.

The best evaluation I can make of a player is to look in his eyes and see how scared they are.

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